March 5, 2020

Education Sessions

In view of recent events, and in alignment with public sector efforts to protect public health, the 2020 Sustainable Facilities Forum will be a virtual event. Join us on May 14 and attend any of these sessions on demand. Sessions will also be available to registrants after May 14.

Education sessions at the Forum will focused on current facility priorities. Session details are subject to change.

Building Decarbonization
Increasingly, California’s efforts to reducing emissions from the building sector are focusing on decarbonization. What does this really mean, and how does it relate to purchasing and operations practices? This session will cover the Executive Orders and legislation that have set the stage for decarbonization, and address the challenges and current technology options for electric space and water heating.

Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition

Zero Net Energy Buildings
Energy efficiency remains the first and most cost efficient option for reducing energy use and emissions in our state buildings. The state has committed to a ZNE first approach for new construction and driving down energy use through retrofits of existing buildings. This session will provide an update on the progress the state has made on meeting state ZNE policy goals and highlight best practices for efficiency and sourcing green power.

Dan Burgoyne, Sustainability Manager, California Department of General Services

EV Charging
As fleets add electric vehicles and public sector workers switch to EVs, it’s vital that adequate and appropriate charging infrastructure be in place. This session will discuss current charging options, incentives and programs to reduce costs and expanded charging needs as the electric medium and heavy duty vehicle market grows.

Tobias Barr, Office of Sustainability–Transportation Unit, California Department of General Services

SMUD’s Go-Electric campaign and Energy StorageShares Program
SMUD has two new programs, one designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in commercial buildings and the other to reduce peak demand impacts to the grid and your electric bill.  Energy StorageSharesSM gives commercial customers the ability to realize the peak-demand shifting benefit of a battery without the physical infrastructure, degradation and operational complexities of a physical battery.   A customer invests in a physical utility-scale battery installed where the grid needs it most, and in exchange receives a demand charge reduction credit every month on the SMUDbill.  The Go Electric program supports the use of efficient heat pump technologies to eliminate natural gas use in buildings and replace it with electricity produced by SMUD’s clean generation mix.  In combination with electric-induction cooking equipment, heat pump water heating and space heating technologies can be powered by carbon-free generation in California’s future.

Steve Oliver, Principal Mechanical Engineer, SMUD Advanced Energy Solutions
Christopher Brown, Green Pricing Program Manager, SMUD

EVSE Incentives and Funding
The California Pollution Control Financing Authority’s Deputy Executive Director Jana Davis will discuss the role that the California Capital Access Program’s Electric Vehicle Charging Station Financing Program plays in expanding the number of electric vehicle charging stations installed by small businesses in California.  The  program,  funded  by  the  California  Energy  Commission, provides  small  business  borrowers  and lenders  incentives  to  finance  electric  vehicle  charging  station  equipment acquisition and installation.

Janae Davis, Deputy Executive Director, California Pollution Control Financing Authority

Fires, sea level rise and extreme weather events will be part of the Golden State’s future. These events are putting our infrastructure at physical risk. Where are we most vulnerable? What actions do we need to take to minimize our risks and ensure safety for our occupants? Join this session to hear more about what the current data tells us and what actions we need to take.

Decarbonization in New Construction
New construction projects provide the ideal opportunity to plan for decarbonization from the earliest stages, and to achieve maximum building efficiencies. Join this session to find out more about what the state is doing to drive decarbonization in both new construction and major renovations, and see examples in state buildings.