CLEAN Teleconference Call October 13, 2015

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Student Leadership in Climate Change Mitigation: The Alliance to Save Energy Education Programs (

Abstract: Climate change will profoundly affect the lives of today's college students. Over the coming decades, they will witness the effects of an unprecedented natural imbalance; but the crisis will also bring opportunities for innovation and leadership. Many colleges and universities are leading the shift toward clean and efficient energy use. In California, the UC system has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. A critical element in UC's Carbon Neutrality Initiative is student engagement. As the primary campus occupants, their behavior drives energy demand, so a comprehensive strategy has to include education, outreach, and engagement of students. These are some of the issues the Alliance to Save Energy's PowerSave Campus Program was designed to address. Through academic infusion of energy principles, hands-on projects, and student-led efficiency campaigns, the PowerSave program allows students to take the lead in transforming their campuses into cultures of efficiency. They work hand-in-hand with their educators, facilities staff, administrations and other stakeholders to reduce energy waste. The program also gives students the knowledge and skills to become smart energy consumers, professionals and leaders. This presentation will cover best practices, successful strategies for overcoming obstacles, and case studies in the transformative power of energy efficiency education.

Scott Thach joined the Alliance in 2011. As Vice President of Education, he oversees over 100 schools and 16 campuses in the Alliance's PowerSave Schools and Campus programs. Over the last 4 years, he has been instrumental in redesigning key elements of the PowerSave Schools program and forging new relationships with key partners. Prior to joining the Alliance, Scott worked as an educational therapist for more than 12 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in Media Studies from Pomona College and a master's degree in Education from Cal State Northridge.

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