Education Sessions: What's Planned for the Summit

For 2018, the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Better Buildings Summit is teaming up with Energy Exchange for a one-of-a-kind event in Cleveland, Ohio. The combined event will feature sessions tailored for K-12 school districts and both public and private institutions of higher education, as well as sector-specific peer exchanges and workshops.

Preview of selected speaker organizations:
  • Los Angeles Unified School District, CA
  • Northwestern University
  • Strategic Energy Group
  • University of California, Irvine
  • USGBC Center for Green Schools
Featured Sessions for the Education Sector

In addition to sessions covering a range of topics there will also be a two-part sector meet up on Wednesday morning for Higher Ed and K-12 partners. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear other education sector partners discuss their challenges and solutions on topics such as clean energy financing, energy resiliency, energy data access and management, zero energy buildings, outdoor lighting, renewables, and more. For the full Summit agenda, click here.

Several cross-cutting sessions are geared towards the education sector including:

Tuesday, August 21

  • Prioritizing Laboratories: Meeting Campus Energy Goals with a Smart Labs Program (Better Buildings) 

Wednesday, August 22

  • Smart Labs Meet-Up (Better Buildings)
  • Education (Higher Ed and K-12) Meet-Up Part 1 (Better Buildings) 
  • Ventilation Management in Laboratories: Big Energy Savings and Improved Safety (Better Buildings) 
  • Consolidate or Improve? The Small Data Center Question (Better Buildings) 

Thursday, August 23

  • Best Behavior: Strategies to Successfully Engage Occupants (Better Buildings)
  • Ready to Save Energy: Using DOE's Free 50001 Ready Tool (Better Buildings) 
  • Community/Utility Partnerships that emPOWER Success (Better Buildings) 
  • Follow the Sun: Successful Strategies for Solar Adoption (Better Buildings) 
  • Work Smarter: EMIS, Commissioning Case Studies, and the SEA Campaign (Better Buildings) 
  • Turning Data into Information with DOE Data Tools (Better Buildings) 
  • Learning What Works: Energy Data Management (Better Buildings) 
  • State of the Submeter: Considerations for Measuring Energy Use (Better Buildings) 
  • Water Reuse: Successful Outcomes and Innovative Strategies (Better Buildings) 
  • World as Laboratory: Updates on Partner Field Verifications of New Technologies (Better Buildings) 
  • Cross-Sector Success: ESPC as an Energy Efficiency Strategy (Better Buildings) 
  • Building a Next Generation Workforce for Next Generation Buildings (Better Buildings) 
  • Spotlight on Energy Efficiency Funding Models for School Facilities (Better Buildings) 
Education Sector Workshops

eProject Performance: eProject Builder Training for ESPC

This 2-hour training introduces participants to the highlights of eProject Builder, DOE’s national database for recording and managing Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) projects. Attendees will receive instruction for how best to use the features and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Workforce Matters: Training and Credentialing

Training incumbent staff and creating a pathway for the next generation of energy efficiency professionals is a foundational element in high performance building design, operations, and maintenance. Our partners with credentialing organizations – including the Building Operator Certification® (BOC) and LEED (or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – will discuss workforce benefits, alignment with staffing policies and requirements, and success stories of technical career programs in the energy sector. Stakeholders will learn the benefits of credentialing and why it matters on the road to high performing smart buildings.

Showcase Project Building Tours

Attendees can participate in pre-conference building tours of Better Buildings Challenge partners and other local high-performing buildings on Tuesday afternoon. Be sure to sign up when you register.

View this year's Showcase Building Tours here.