UGBC Roundtable Discussion: Power Struggle: A Case for Co-Generation in the Face of Climate Change – Wednesday, March 6th

Join UGBC for a roundtable discussion on March 6th at 8am. Andreas Hausler (Cannon Design) will moderate the discussion between experts John Bradley (NYU), Scott Frank (Jaros Baum & Bolles), and James Pfeiffer (EnGeneration), who will offer an introduction to the principles of co-generation and how it functions parallel to an existing power grid. The discussion will continue with an overview of considerations regarding efficiency, design and applicability to certain building types and users. Examples of co-generation in New York City, including New York University and One Bryant Park, will be discussed as speakers elaborate on the barriers to the implementation of these systems.

UGBC Roundtable Discussion: Power Struggle: A Case for Co-Generation in the Face of Climate Change
Wednesday, March 6th
Cushman & Wakefield
1290 Avenue of the Americas – 7th Floor

GreenBiz State of Green Business Webcast – Tuesday, February 12th

GreenBiz is releasing a new report on The State of Green Business this month. Join Joel Makower, the report’s principal author, in conversation with Trucost CEO Richard Mattison on the day of the report’s publication, for a lively discussion on how, and how well, business is doing from a sustainability perspective.

Among the topics:

  • How and why companies are looking to measure their natural capital impacts
  • The growing convergence of sustainability with risk and resilience
  • The top-reported key performance indicators
  • Which company impacts are changing, and why

Register here!

Yale Center for Business and the Environment Webinar – Tuesday, February 5th

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) is holding the second year of Nature’s Returns: Investing in Ecosystem Services, a webinar series that addresses the growing importance of ecosystem service valuation and investment. The benefits that human populations gain from healthy and functioning ecosystems are vast. Clean drinking water filtered by forests, carbon stored in plants or soil, crop pollination by wild insects, and pharmaceutical uses of plants are just a few examples of services humans usually receive for free. A recent wave of efforts to monetize the value of Ecosystem Services presents an opportunity to both protect these assets and bring their worth onto the market. Public and private mechanisms exist to use payments to encourage responsible land management in order to preserve public benefits. Currently, conservationists and investors alike are moving into this space in hopes of achieving a win-win for the economy and the environment.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 @ noon — Regional Climate Frameworks: California’s Cap and Trade Experiment

Previous webinar topics are available to download.

Yale Panel to Debate Hydraulic Fracturing

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. (EDT)

WHERE: Kroon Hall at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) (live streaming available)

The discussion, “Hydraulic Fracturing: Bridge to a Clean Energy Future?”, will explore whether hydraulic fracturing, better known as hydrofracking or fracking, will enhance America’s energy security, or deter the development of renewable energy sources and foster a continuing dependence on fossil fuels.

The event in Kroon Hall’s Burke Auditorium will be broadcast online via a live-stream that will enable viewers nationwide to watch the program and participate in a question-and-answer period. To tune into the discussion, visit

“This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the economic, energy and environmental implications of shale gas development,” said David Skelly, F&ES professor of ecology and associate dean for research. “Hydraulic fracturing is little understood, but it has the potential to have a profound impact on this nation’s energy security, public health and global climate.”

The panel will feature John Hofmeister, a former Shell Oil executive and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy; Bill McKibben, an environmental journalist and founder of the grassroots climate campaign; Sheila Olmstead, a fellow at the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future; and James Saiers, F&ES professor of hydrology and a water chemistry expert. Brad Gentry, director of the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale and a member of the F&ES faculty, will be the moderator.

Source: Yale School of F&ES