Upcoming webinars

From time to time, GreenerU hosts webinars and workshops on topics ranging from climate neutrality and energy efficiency measures to climate action planning and facilitation. Watch this space for upcoming webinar topics featuring stories from your peers, lessons learned, and best practices in sustainability and climate change mitigation.

Looking ahead: beyond BERDO

Thursday, November 10, 2022
9:30–10:30 a.m. ET

Boston’s BERDO—the Building Energy Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance—was developed to help the city achieve its climate goals of all buildings reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Building owners need to reach significant reductions to meet five-year incremental goals or face fines.

But some building owners are finding BERDO requirements challenging to meet from a financial standpoint. How will building owners plan for updated standards as they become more stringent down the road? What is the best way to deal with deferred maintenance? What financing opportunities are available? What are the additional benefits that can help justify first costs?

This open discussion featured guest Brian Palm, Assistant Head of School at Catholic Memorial School. Mr. Palm’s background includes a facilities management approach that encourages the development of a durable campus with sustainability at its core. He has served as chairman of the science departments at both Brooks School and Maimonides School. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in environmental biology and geography, and also earned a Master of Science from Oxford University in environmental policy and management with a focus on energy policy.

We were also pleased to welcome Bill Nickerson, Executive Director of the Boston Industrial Development Financing Authority (BIDFA). BIDFA promotes economic growth and employment in the City of Boston by issuing bonds that finance the capital needs of the city’s businesses and institutions. It is guided by Boston residents with professional expertise in real estate development and finance.

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Running effective meetings (that are also productive and—yes—fun)

Wednesday, November 15, 2022
2–3 p.m. ET

Many of us have run dozens, even hundreds, of meetings for years. But how many of those meetings advanced your agenda or produced actionable results?

This educational webinar offered a series of basic guidelines for best practices in running consistently effective meetings. Establishing good meeting etiquette, being thoughtful about preparing your agenda, and developing an action-oriented mindset are all tools that can turn your meetings into opportunities to advance your goals.

In this webinar, we shared the anatomy of a great meeting, from preparation to facilitation to following up. There was an exercise on developing an internal agenda to help you think through an effective meeting from start to finish. Participants also received meeting templates and other resources.


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Leveraging STARS to advance your sustainability goals

Wednesday, September 28, 2022
2–3 p.m. ET

AASHE STARS inventorying, analysis, and submission is a lengthy and complex process—one that can be all-consuming for an institution. But one of the purposes of STARS is to provide a baseline of data to help your institution understand the next steps toward implementing sustainable solutions.

Meghna Tare, chief sustainability officer at the University of Texas at Arlington, joined us to talk about how UTA took STARS reporting to the next level to make the data accessible and clear to campus stakeholders.

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Ramping up sustainability in K12 schools

Thursday, September 15, 2022
3–4 p.m. Eastern


A recent study published in the Lancet from a survey of 10,000 young people (ages 16-25) in ten countries, including the U.S., showed high levels of climate anxiety among respondents. K12 schools are responding with more sustainability curriculum, greenhouse gas emissions and other sustainability inventories, climate action planning, and energy-efficiency measures. This insightful discussion featured sustainability representatives from three schools that have taken different steps toward sustainability and climate change mitigation efforts at their campuses. Find out how they got started.

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