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DIALOG’s John Souleles and Mara Baum at Greenbuild 2022: Climate Response with Existing Campus Infrastructure

October 24, 2022

Join DIALOG Partners John Souleles and Mara Baum, alongside the University of Calgary’s Boris Dragicevic and the University of California’s Matthew St.Clair, for their presentation “Net Zero Nexus: Climate Response with Existing Campus Infrastructure,” during the 2022 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in San Francisco on November 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST.

Event Details 

Date:                            Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Time:                           11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PST
Location:                    Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

Click here to register for this event.

Net Zero Nexus: Climate Response with Existing Campus Infrastructure

The aging infrastructure and building stock within existing campuses pose unique challenges to achieving significant emissions reduction targets. This presentation will share a high-level overview of critical strategies, such as zero carbon retrofits, decarbonization, and equity-based carbon action planning, followed by specific stories from two institutions: the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada and the University of California system. The University of California will share its approach to achieving carbon neutrality in its buildings and fleet by 2025, levering energy efficiency and renewable energy. The University of Calgary will share its Zero Carbon Building program. The ZCB certified MacKimmie Complex demonstrates the transformation of a brutalist, energy hog library to a naturally ventilated, passively conditioned and daylit academic building on track to use 80% less energy than the original building while saving 2800 tons of CO2e compared to a new building.

Learning Objectives:

  • List potential barriers to or challenges of achieving net zero carbon on an existing campus with potentially aging infrastructure
  • Describe specific campus- and building-scale policies, technologies and strategies that can move campuses towards net zero carbon
  • Identify opportunities and strategies for existing building renovations that can help campuses reach net zero carbon goals through both operational and embodied carbon emissions reduction
  • Implement equity-based planning processes for resilience and decarbonization