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Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast
74 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
Episode 40: Carbon neutrality should not be the end goal with Alex Barron and Aaron Strong
In this episode we interview two professors and researchers discussing a recently published paper in the journal One Earth entitled: “Carbon neutrality should not be the end goal: Lessons for institutional climate action from U.S. Higher education.” You’ll hear lead author Alex Baron of Smith College and co-author Aaron Strong from Hamilton College. We also want to recognize key collaborators and co-authors the who each made significant contributions the paper we discuss including Maya Domeshek and Lucy Metz who were students at Smith at the time of publication and Laura Drauker from the Boston-based non-profit Ceres. Link to the paper: https://www.cell.com/one-earth/fulltext/S2590-3322(21)00472-3 Alexander R. Barron, et al. "Carbon Neutrality Should Not Be the End Goal: Lessons for Institutional Climate Action From U.s. Higher Education." One earth, v. 4 ,.9 pp. 1248-1258. doi: 10.1016/j.oneear.2021.08.014
64 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Episode 39: The Cutting Edge with Peter Kelly-Detwiler
In this episode we will talk with journalist, author, and energy consultant Peter Kelly-Detwiler. Our topic: Cutting Edge Campus Climate Tech. Our mission: help campus decision makers and stakeholders understand "cutting edge" campus decarbonization / reliability / resilience technologies. How can they take advantage of new and emerging technologies while avoid wasting time on ideas that are either empty hype or operationally irrelevant for their campus context?
55 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
Episode 38: The Political Economy of Higher Ed with Dr. Katrina Kelly-Pitou
In this episode, we talk with with Dr. Katrina Kelly-Pitou, Energy Systems Strategist at SmithGroup. The discussion focuses on what higher education can expect from federal, state and local governments in the near term, but also a broader discussion about the politics and business model of higher ed. itself. She both challenges conventional ideas and paints a compelling vision for a sustainable future for higher education and the communities in which they operate.
53 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
Episode 37: Designing for the 90% with Kenny Seeton (CSU Dominguez Hills)
In this episode, we talk with Kenny Seeton, central plant and energy manager at California State University Dominguez Hills. The wide-ranging conversation spans everything from LED retrofits to solar powered golf carts. Kenny talks about how to safely take risks and how to connect systems seeking continuous improvement. He offers up sound advice for energy managers on metering, sensors, occupancy controls, valves, dampers, trend analysis and even phase change materials. This engaging episode is perfect for anyone looking for creative energy solutions for their campus, whether this is your first introduction to energy management or, like Dave and Kenny, you geek out over topics energy efficiency, storage, and more.
54 minutes | Dec 12, 2020
Episode 36: Podcasting for Sustainability - AASHE 2020
In this special episode of the podcast, we present a recording of Podcasting for Sustainability in Higher Education from AASHE’s 2020 Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education. Dave Karlsgodt, Katie Boyle and Brian Campbell talk about what it’s like to run a podcast and how they utilize their shows to further the conversation on energy and sustainability. All three delve into the missions behind their podcasts, as well as how and why they pick topics to cover. In this episode that explores podcasting as a tool for sustainability in higher education, our hosts aim to aid participants and listeners in learning how to frame their sustainability efforts in stories, making them compelling to a variety of audiences, from students to senior leaders, academics to alumni.
44 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
Episode 35: The Eco Performance Office with Ron Herbst
What can a higher education institution learn from an international bank? In this episode, we talk to Brailsford & Dunlavey’s own Ron Herbst, whose long and varied career in energy eventually led him to work with Deutsche Bank establishing and managing their Eco Performance Management Office (PMO.) An EcoPMO is a team that coordinates all of the functions needed to achieve an organization’s sustainability goals. As the son of a blue-collar inventor, Ron felt drawn to the energy and sustainability world from a young age and wanted to be what he calls a “building energy efficiency doctor.” Ron discusses his time at Deutsche with Dave how he applies what he learned about balancing institutional needs with sustainability goals to colleges and universities. In addition, we also discuss how to balance the needs of various institution stakeholders in order to reach those goals.
51 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
Episode 34: GeoMicroDistrict: an alternative future for Natural Gas - HEET
Co-executive directors of the Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET), Zeyneb Magavi and Audrey Schulman both entered the climate change fight as mothers concerned for the futures of their children. In this episode, they share the history of their work on fixing super-emitting natural gas leaks in their neighborhood and across the state of Massachusetts. They tell the story of building relationships with natural gas utility executives to make a meaningful reduction in GHG emissions which led to the next major challenge: What is the future of a natural gas systemin a world that needs to eliminate the use of fossil fuels? We discuss HEET’s role in developing the geo micro district, a neighborhood-scale renewable energy network for heating and cooling buildings. They explain the technology but also how its alternative business model offers a cost-effective path forward for our utility companies and their workers as we replace our aging natural gas infrastructure.
33 minutes | Jun 5, 2020
Episode 33: Changing the Climate for Women - Abena Sackey Ojetayo
In this episode, Kaia talks with Abena Sackey Ojetayo, chief resilience officer and director for the City of Tallahassee, Florida. We talked about her childhood in Ghana and her sustainability projects in Florida. We also discussed code-switching and the ways that age, race and gender can place pressure on people in the workforce.
61 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Episode 32: Resilient Campuses, Resilient Communities with Cal State - Chico and Central Community College
25 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
Episode 31: Changing the Climate for Women - Krista Murphy
Krista Murphy has long had a passion for engineering. She studied architectural engineering in school, honed her skills in project management and now works as a principal at Affiliated Engineers, Inc., in San Francisco. Her experience as a leader in the engineering field led her to take on leadership in another aspect of her life, one where she speaks up for other women in the workplace. In this episode, host Kaia Findlay and Krista talk about the challenges that women and other minorities face in the field, how to deal with the uncomfortable situations that arise because of those challenges, and how mentors that advocate for their mentees can play a crucial role in keeping women in the field.
36 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Episode 30: Twenty Sustainability Podcasts for 2020
With the new year in full swing and a new decade ahead, what better time to explore a cache of sustainability-related podcasts? In this episode, the Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast partners with the Modern Energy Management Podcast to highlight some of the great stories being shared about the climate, energy and sustainability in the podcast world. This episode features interviews with sustainability podcast hosts Chris Nelder of the Energy Transition Show and Stephen Lacey of The Energy Gang and The Interchange. We also feature several recommendations from our listeners, including Brian Campbell of Central College, Kori Armstrong of University of Southern Mississippi, and Spencer Turk of 3P Partners. Recommendations from other listeners who reached out to us can be found as a PDF in the show notes. We hope you come out of this episode inspired to explore and learn what podcasters across the nation have to share about sustainability.
33 minutes | Feb 7, 2020
Episode 29: Changing the Climate for Women - Kayla Dawson
As an engineer, there’s nothing Kayla Dawson finds more frustrating than seeing a problem and being unable to solve it. But in an environment where biases influence behavior, she sees this happening all too often. In this episode, Kayla and host Sarah Barrr discuss how dominant, “status quo” leadership and mentorship styles favor certain groups of people, and how breaking down that status quo can pave the way for women and other minorities to relax and feel comfortable in the workplace and leading the change necessary to address climate change. Kayla also talks about embracing personal limitations and using them to strengthen communication and collaboration with a work team instead of letting them turn into liabilities.. In this second episode of our ‘Changing the Climate for Women’ series, Kayla gives the insight that it’s not only diversity that matters at the workplace table -- it’s making sure diverse voices are heard, accepted and uplifted.
58 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
Episode 28: Twenty Years of Sustainability with Anne Eskridge at the University of Washington
If you travel by car to visit the University of Washington, your transportation choice will be a minority of those on campus. About 81 percent of the university community travels by transit, by foot, by bike and by carpooling. Even with a high number of people taking sustainable transportation, director of transportation services Anne Eskridge has big hopes for an even more sustainable future at the university. In this episode, host Dave Karlsgodt interviews Anne about her more than twenty years of sustainability experience. Anne reflects on waste, water, electric vehicles, electric bikes and regional transportation partnerships. She discusses how to benefit both the planet and the pocketbook and gives advice to future sustainability leaders. She shares not only her sustainability knowledge, but entertaining and powerful anecdotes about her father’s experiences with salmon fishing in the Puget Sound, the role of psychology in the field of sustainability and her background as an auctioneer (listen all the way to the end of the episode to get a sample of her auctioneering talent).
52 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
Episode 27: To Electric Vehicles and Beyond - Low-carbon transportation with Arjun Sarkar
The United State’s transportation sector lays claim to 29 percent of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Cars, buses, trucks and airplanes, used as a part of daily life, present sustainability challenges that college and university sustainability officials feel poised to tackle. In this episode, host Dave Karlsgodt sits down with Arjun Sarkar, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator for the University of California, Santa Barbara, to discuss low-carbon alternatives for transportation. In California, transportation accounts for 41 percent of the state’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The discussion ranges from electric vehicles and renewable fuels to the economics of alternative fuel vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell technology. Arjun speaks specifically of UCSB and California as well as themes with national scope.
27 minutes | Dec 13, 2019
Episode 26: Changing the Climate for Women - Bonny Bentzin
What if, to get ahead at work, you were told that you not only had to work hard and show up to your desk on time, but that you also had to wear pastels and not stand in doorways? This is some of the strange advice Bonny Bentzin, deputy chief of sustainability at UCLA, has received as a woman working in her field. In this episode, Bonny discusses her experiences and her observations of gender at play in the workplace with host Sarah Barr. Their conversation sheds light on the challenges and triumphs women experience in teamwork, communication and leadership.
43 minutes | Nov 15, 2019
Episode 25: Losing Steam - Carleton College’s Energy Transition
Carleton College has been getting into hot water — but in the best way possible. Listen to this episode to hear Martha Larson, Carleton’s manager of campus energy and sustainability, discuss the college’s process for replacing its 20th century steam system with a geothermal-based district energy system. The new system will allow the campus to use heat pumps and the earth’s consistent 50 degree Fahrenheit temperature to help regulate heating and cooling on campus more efficiently. Larson dives into the physics that make the system work, the planning and approval process for the project, and how the new system will help Carleton meet its future sustainability goals in a discussion with host Dave Karlsgodt.
57 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Episode 24: Sustainable Food Systems at UNC-Chapel Hill
Guests: Claire LorchGarden Manager and Education Coordinator, Carolina Campus Community Garden Laura MindlinCoordinator, Edible Campus UNC Scott MyersDirector of Auxiliary Services, UNC-Chapel Hill Host: Kaia FindlayPodcast and Communications Manager, Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast In this episode, the Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast’s new manager, Kaia Findlay, explores what makes food systems sustainable at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with three interviewees, each working with a different food-related organization on campus: Laura Mindlin, coordinator for Edible Campus UNC; Claire Lorch, garden manager and education coordinator for the Carolina Campus Community Garden; and Scott Myers, director of auxiliary services for UNC. The interviewees discuss the role their organization plays in the food system on campus and their efforts in sustainability, and as a group they reveal how the campus has addressed a variety of food-related issues and challenges.
34 minutes | Sep 13, 2019
Episode 23: Social Justice and Sustainability - with Mary Annaïse Heglar
Guest: Mary Annaïse HeglarDirector of Publications, National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Guest Host: Nicholas McCrearySustainability Coordinator, Indiana State University Turn off lights when you’re not using them. Take shorter showers. Bike to work. These three actions are all recommendations for people trying to make sustainable decisions. But why not also volunteer for a human rights organizations, or go to a protest? In this episode, guest host Nicholas McCreary, sustainability coordinator for Indiana State University, talks with Mary Annaïse Heglar, director of publications at the National Resources Defense Council, about why it’s important to move sustainability conversations beyond recycling and conserving water and into the realm of social justice. They discuss the similarities between the roots of climate change and racial injustice, climate change disproportionately impacts minority communities and how the climate movement can move forward by embracing a climate justice approach. We hope this episode will challenge you to think about why climate issues exist and deeper your understanding of the social pillar of sustainability.
46 minutes | Aug 22, 2019
Episode 22: Renewable Fuels Drive Education and an Artistic Revolution in Jackson County
Guests: Timm MuthDirector, Jackson County Green Energy ParkDillsboro, North CarolinaHost: Sarah BarrThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill In this episode, we’ll travel to rural Dillsboro, North Carolina nestled in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where a small county landfill and a passionate engineer are transforming the community’s perspective on waste by using methane to power the Jackson County Green Energy Park, an arts facility offering glassblowing, metalworking, and ceramics classes and studio spaces. From reducing greenhouse gas emissions, to revitalizing heritage arts and stimulating tourism, to offering educational opportunities for children, college students, and even retirees, the Jackson County Green Energy Park is truly a centerpiece of its community. Join myself and guest Timm Muth this week to explore a variety of ways small communities and college campuses can make the most their waste resources, simultaneously achieving environmental, educational, and social equity goals.
57 minutes | Aug 9, 2019
Episode 21: Institutionalizing Sustainability for Real Change - Live at CHESC 2019
Guests: Jillian BuckholzDirector of Sustainability, California State University — East BayMackenzie CriggerEnergy Conservation and Sustainability Manager, Chapman UniversityJoseph FullertonEnergy and Sustainability Manager, San Mateo County Community College DistrictNurit KatzChief Sustainability Officer, University of California — Los Angeles Host: Dave KarlsgodtPrincipal, Fovea, LLC Production Assistant: Kaia FindlayIntern, Campus Energy and Sustainability Podcast In this episode, you'll hear a live recording of a panel discussion at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, which took place earlier this summer at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was great to be back at this conference again. Regular listens may remember Episode 13 which we recorded at CHESC in 2018. While that episode focused on Aggressive Climate Action, this year, we focused on the idea of institutionalizing sustainability. We tried to deconstruct some of the tactics, traits and tricks that our panelists, who are all rockstar sustainability professionals, use to move beyond running pilot projects and underfunded awareness campaigns to leveraging the full power of the world-class institutions that they work within.
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