Toward Carbon Neutrality at the University of Michigan: 2025 and Beyond

Event Type: 
Workshop
Speaker: 
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Michigan Union, Anderson Room
Event Sponsor: 
Center for Sustainable Systems
CoE Center for Socially Engaged Design
Energy Institute
Erb Institute
Graham Sustainability Institute
LSA Earth and Environmental Sciences
Michigan Energy Club
Office of Campus Sustainability
Office of the Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Interdisciplinary Academic Affairs
Planet Blue
Program in the Environment
Ross Energy Club
School for Environment and Sustainability
Students for Clean Energy

8:00 – 9:00         Breakfast, Registration, U-M Student Poster Presentations

 

9:00 - 9:30         Welcome, Conference Goals, and Motivation

                           Moderator:  Adam Simon, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan

                           Guest speaker:  Valerie Brader, Law School Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan

 

9:30 – 10:45       University of Michigan “Clean Wolverines” Sustainable Energy Options and Pricetags

                           Moderator and Intro:  Steven Skerlos, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan

                           Solar Energy Generation Modeling with 3D: Elena Essa, Student, Statistics, University of Michigan; Lydia Whitbeck, Student, Program in the Environment, University of Michigan; TBD, Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan

                           Biodigester Feasibility: Lydia Whitbeck, Student, Program in the Environment, University of Michigan; Logan Vear, Student, Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan; Elena Essa, Student, Statistics, University of Michigan

                           Geothermal Pricing: Lydia Whitbeck, Student, Program in the Environment, University of Michigan; Andrew Hatt, Student, Program in the Environment, University of Michigan

                           Low Carbon Transportation: Jim Gawron, Graduate Student, Business Administration and Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan; Andrew Hatt, Student, Program in the Environment, University of Michigan

                           Multi-source Campus Microgrid Potential: Nathan Houghteling, Student, Mechanical Engineering; Paul Giessner, Graduate Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Michigan

                           Power Purchase Agreement Potential: Grant Faber, Student, Business Administration, University of Michigan

                           Campus Pledge for Carbon Neutrality – Julian Hansen, Student, University of Michigan

 

10:45 - 11:05     Break

 

11:05 – 12:15     Low-Carbon Energy Plans from Big 10 and Selected Universities

                           Moderator:  Andrew Berki, Director, Office of Campus Sustainability, University of Michigan

                           Panelists: Ann Erhardt, Director of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities Sustainability, Michigan State University; Mike Shelton, Associate Director – Comprehensive Energy Management, Ohio State University; Ximing Cai, Associate Director for Campus Sustainability, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign; Kathia Elizabeth Benitez, Sustainability Director, Northwestern University

 

12:15 - 1:30       Lunch and U-M Student Poster Presentations

 

1:30 – 2:15         Green Energy Perspectives from Municipalities

                           Moderator:  Mark Lindquist, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan

                           Panelists: Eric Coffman, Chief - Office of Energy and Sustainability, Montgomery County, Maryland; Nathan Geisler, Energy Programs Analyst, City of Ann Arbor

                           Presentation: Will Arnuk, Student, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Spanish, University of Michigan

2:15 – 3:00         Break          

3:00 – 4:00         Panel: Partnerships for the Transition to Renewables

                           Moderator:  Joseph Arvai, Max McGraw Professor of Sustainable Enterprise; Professor of Environment and Sustainability; Professor of Business Administration, University of Michigan

Panelists: Dave Harwood, Director of Renewables, DTE Energy; Brandon J. Hofmeister, Consumers Energy; Soam Goel, Parnter for Special Situations, Anbaric Development Partners; Kevin Self, Schneider Electric, Senior Vice President Strategy, Business Development & Government Relations; TBD, John Givens and Gregg Garbesi, ENGIE; Andrew Marino, Carlyle Group, Co-Head of Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund; Telva McGruder, Director, Global Facilities, General Motors

4:00 – 4:15         Break

                         

4:15 – 5:00         Closing Session

Moderator:  Jonathan Overpeck, Samuel A. Graham Dean, Professor of Environment and Sustainability; Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan

Closing: Adam Simon, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan

                         

SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT

In 2011, the University of Michigan made a commitment toward achieving 25% GHG reductions of 2006 emissions levels by 2025.

Should the University of Michigan consider a target beyond 2025? If so, what would the planning process for achieving a more ambitious goal look like?

Ann Arbor is #1 per capita in clean energy patents nationally, and U-M is the home of a host of disruptive thinkers working in energy, sustainability and planning.  What if— with the participation of students, U-M leadership, industry, and our partner municipality— the university were to become a living lab working toward carbon neutrality?

During this one-day symposium, we will:

·      Brief all key stakeholders of U-M and the Ann Arbor community about standing greenhouse gas emissions goals and progress towards them. We’ll also discuss broadening those goals.

·      Invite other universities, municipalities and private sector companies to discuss their sustainable energy aspirations and progress

·      Hear from faculty and students about sustainable energy options being explored/analyzed across the Michigan campus

·      Hear from industry and other experts on options they see for U-M green power

Specific deliverables include cultivating a shared awareness of what might be possible for greenhouse gas emissions reductions going forward, the development of a draft plan, and a post-conference white paper for dissemination to campus leaders.