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Greening Higher Education: Saving the Planet and Saving Money

November 26 @ 5:56 am



Thank you to everyone who attended or sponsored NEBHE’s Greening Higher Education: Saving the Planet and Saving Money conference, held Monday, May 4, 2009 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. You can download the conference agenda, sponsor information, and photos and bios of all the panel speakers as well as the PowerPoint presentations they showed during the conference. To view PDF files, you may require Adobe Reader. You must have Microsoft PowerPoint installed on your computer to view PowerPoint presentations.

Click here to view and save the conference agenda in PDF format.
Click here to view and save biographies and photos of the conference speakers in PDF fomat.
Click here to view and save information about our sponsors in PDF format.

Click here for information about NEBHE’s best practices in sustainability for the conference, for which we earned a CarbonFree Certification from Carbonfund.org.

Links to download PowerPoint presentations (in PDF format) featured at the conference are listed below where they occur in the agenda.

Greening Higher Education: Saving the Planet and Saving Money

Monday, May 4, 2009
The Collonade Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts

Welcome & Opening Keynote

  • Michael K. Thomas, President & CEO, New England Board of Higher Education
  • Daniel K. Moon, President & Executive Director, Environmental Business Council of New England
  • Anthony D. Cortese, President & Co-Founder, Second Nature

Session 1A: The Business Case for Sustainability

  • Facilitator: John L. Cusack, President, Gifford Park Associates / Executive Director, New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability
  • Elaine L. Clark, Executive Director, Facilities, Real Estate & Planning, University of Maine
  • Click here to download Elaine Clark’s PowerPoint presentation, Agriculture at the University of Maine.

  • Jay V. Kahn, Vice President for Finance and Planning, Keene State College
  • Click here to download Jay Kahn’s PowerPoint presentation, Making Cents of Greening Initiatives.

  • Michele Madia, Director of Environmental Leadership, National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • Click here to download Michele Madia’s PowerPoint presentation, Sustainability at NACUBO.

  • Rick Mattila, Director of Environmental Affairs, Genzyme Corporation
  • Click here to download Rick Mattila’s PowerPoint presentation, The Business of Environmental Sustainability.

Session 1B: Greening the Campus 101—Action Steps for Campus Leaders

  • Facilitator: Thomas Kelly, Chief Sustainability Officer & Director of the Office of Sustainability, University of New Hampshire
  • Varun Avasthi, District Manager & Northeast Education and Regional Sustainability Manager, Sodexo Campus Services
  • Eric Friedman, Director, Leading by Example Program, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Miguel L. Gomes, Jr., Acting Vice President for Administration & Finance, Bridgewater State College
  • Click here to download Miguel Gomes’ PowerPoint presentation, Bridgewater State College Energy and Water Reclamation Project.

  • Heather Henriksen, Director of the Office for Sustainability, Harvard University

Session 2A: The Benefits of Building Green

  • Facilitator: Robert A. Weygand, Vice President of Administration & Finance, University of Rhode Island
  • Alan G. Kuniholm, Principal, PDT Architects / Green Schools Advocate, Maine Chapter of U.S. Green Building Council
  • David L. McIntyre, Institutional Practice Leader, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
  • Click here to download David McIntyre’s PowerPoint presentation, Campus and Climate: The Transportation Element of Climate Action Planning.

  • Alexandria Roe, Director of Planning & Program Development, University of Connecticut
  • Alex Wilson, Executive Editor, Environmental Building News / Founder, BuildingGreen, LLC

Session 2B: Evaluating Renewable Energy for Colleges and Universities

  • Facilitator: David Barclay, Executive Director, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
  • Kathleen Driscoll, Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Officer, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Click here to download Kathleen Driscoll’s PowerPoint presentation, Renewable Energy Programs at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

  • Michelle D. Dyer, Vice President, Second Nature
  • Christopher Recchia, Executive Director, Biomass Energy Research Center
  • Steven J. Strong, President, Solar Design Associates, Inc. / President, Solar Energy Business Association of New England

Session 2C: Greening Campus Services

  • Facilitator: Keith Woodward, President, Eastern Region of the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers / Associate Director of Facilities, Quinnipiac University
  • John W. Herman, Regional Sustainability Manager, Northeast Region, ARAMARK
  • Stephen T. Pesci, Special Projects Director of Campus Planning, University of New Hampshire
  • Click here to download Stephen Pesci’s PowerPoint presentation, Sustainability is a C.O.R.E. Principle in PDF format.

  • Jennifer Sayers, Sustainability Coordinator, University of Connecticut
  • Click here to download Jennifer Sayers’ PowerPoint presentation, Sustainability Education & Outreach.

Lunch & Keynote

  • Jim Elder, Director, Campaign for Environmental Literacy

Session 3A: Greening the Curriculum

  • Facilitator: Robert L. Pura, President, Greenfield Community College
  • Ralph C. Meima III, Program Director, MBA in Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro College Graduate School
  • Philip Petty, Interim Director, Center for Sustainable Practices, Vermont Technical College
  • Click here to download Philip Petty’s PowerPoint presentation, Center for Sustainable Practices at Vermont Tech.

  • Michael Womersley, Associate Professor and Director of Sustainability, Unity College
  • Click here to download Michael Womersley’s PowerPoint presentation, Greening the Curriculum:
    Who, what, why, when, how, wherefore…

Session 3B: Achieving Carbon Neutrality

  • Facilitator: Ira W. Leighton, Acting Regional Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ralph C. Meima III, Program Director, MBA in Managing for Sustainability, Marlboro College Graduate School
  • Michael F. Ahern, Vice President of Utilities Services, Northeast Utilities
  • Click here to download Michael Ahern’s PowerPoint presentation, Achieving Carbon Neutrality.

  • Jennifer Andrews, Campus Program Manager, Clean Air-Cool Planet
  • Click here to download Jennifer Andrews’ PowerPoint presentation, Campus Carbon Neutrality.

  • Susan E. Coakley, Executive Director, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc.
  • Tim Stout, Vice President of Energy Efficiency and Distributed Resources, National Grid

Session 3C: Energy That Pays: Why Use an Energy Service Company?

  • Facilitator: Roy Morrison, Director of the Office of Sustainability, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Click here to download Roy Morrison’s PowerPoint presentation, Sustainability In Action.

  • Christopher M. Farren, Regional Group Director, Northeast, NORESCO
  • Click here to download Christopher Farren’s PowerPoint presentation, An ESCO Perpective, in PDF format.

  • Donald Gilligan, President, National Association of Energy Service Companies
  • Click here to download Donald Gilligan’s PowerPoint presentation, Achieving Carbon Neutrality.

  • Edward R. Terceiro, Jr., Executive Vice President, Mount Wachusett Community College
    • Facilitator: Mark Orlowski, Founder and Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
    • David F. Hales, President, College of the Atlantic
    • Paul J. LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University
    • Click here to download Paul LeBlanc’s PowerPoint presentation, Sustainability in Action.

    • Elsa M. Nuñez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University
    • Kathleen Schatzberg, President, Cape Cod Community College
    • Most paper used in the production of this event is comprised of 100% post consumer waste.
    • Agendas, presentation handouts, speaker bios, sponsor information and other materials will be made available online in advance of the event as well as after. Attendees are encouraged to use digital copies of these materials.
    • We encouraged and received the majority of conference registrations electronically.
    • Evaluation forms will be emailed to participants or posted online after the event to reduce waste.
    • Our sponsors and exhibitors are environmentally conscientious.
    • The Colonnade Hotel, our venue, meets sustainable criteria benchmarked for this event and prides itself on environmental responsibility and puts green practices into action.
    • Minimal paper is used when registering participants.
    • Nametags are printed with eco-friendly ink and paper and recycled after use.
    • Nametag holders are reused from previous events and collected at the end of the day.
    • Signage is made from recycled materials and can be recycled or reused when event ends.
    • Recycling receptacles are located in convenient areas for attendees to use.
    • The day-to-day work that takes place at NEBHE, including correspondence and marketing outreach, is nearly 100% electronic.
    • Printing documents is kept to a minimum, double-sided printing is required and all scrap paper is recycled.
    • Most office equipment meets Energy Star standards.
    • Printer and toner cartridges are routinely recycled.
    • Stations will be set up for attendees to recycle their waste—items that can be recycled include paper, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, cans, etc.
    • Local produce.
    • Vegetarian options.
    • Food not served is donated to a local shelter.
    • Coffee and tea beverages fair trade certified and organic.
    • All beverage bottles will be recyclable.
    • Condiments like ketchup, mustard, creamers, sugar (for coffee and tea) etc. will be set up family/buffet style; no individual packets.
    • Lunch will be served in containers made of recycled material.
    • Washable mugs, utensils and linen napkins will be used when possible.
    • All cooking oil is recycled at The Colonnade Hotel.
    • Low flow consumption toilets and urinals.
    • Automatic sink faucets in public restrooms.
    • Each guest room contains signage that promotes linen and towel reuse.
    • Low flow showerheads and sinks are installed in each room.
    • Energy saving climate-controlled heating and ventilating systems are activated when the guest checks in and deactivated at checkout or when the guest leaves the room for a period of time. They can be maintained via a central network, eliminating any need to disturb the guest with an in-room visit.
    • 75% of the hotel’s common area light fixtures use low wattage light bulbs.
    • Kitchen and housekeeping departments recycle all paper, plastic, glass, aluminum and cardboard.
    • Chips are used instead of paper for coat check.
    • Recycled/recyclable products are purchased when possible.
    • The hotel runs a single-stream recycling program that includes batteries and light bulbs.
    • All of hotel windows were replaced with energy efficient, sound-proof floor-to-ceiling windows featuring double panes and advanced tint technology. The new windows also open, providing guests with fresh air—an option generally not available in city hotels.
    • Introduced Boston’s first hotel Smart Car; and now uses two, named Buzz and Beep.
    • Member of Boston Green Tourism and an EPA WasteWise Partner—both organizations are focused on reducing waste, energy and greenhouse gases.
    • First in the nation to implement the ElectroCide System on a property-wide basis. This cleaning process has been proven to be 80% more powerful than chlorine bleach yet completely nontoxic to humans and the environment. It has virtually eliminated the use of bleach and other harsh chemicals within the hotel.
    • The Colonnade has implemented energy saving initiatives throughout the hotel that include: occupancy/light sensors in all offices, Energy Star ice machines throughout the hotel and variable drives to the hotel’s water supply and HVAC chilled water system.
    • Future initiatives include: food waste recycling, LED lighting, obtaining an Energy Star rating, becoming LEED certified.
  • Click here to download Edward Terceiro’ PowerPoint presentation, Mount Wachusett Community College Energy Conservation & Conversion: A Cost Sharing Approach.

    Presidents’ Roundtable

    Best Practices in Sustainability

    The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) has worked to implement best practices in sustainability in the planning and execution of “Greening Higher Education, Saving the Planet and Saving Money.” We have attempted in all ways possible to present a green event and are grateful to the organizations and individuals who provided guidance along the way. What follows is an inventory of best practices we have put into action in the production of this conference.

    Conference Organization & Planning

    Conference Site & Registration

    Office Procedures for Conference

    The Colonnade Hotel


    Sustainable Catering


    Guest Rooms

    Colonnade Hotel Environmentally-Conscious Practices


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