The Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference was held in College Park, Maryland, from March 26-28, 2017. This year’s theme was Renew, Restore, and Regenerate. The conference highlighted sustainability efforts, such as: renewable energy, net zero building and carbon offsets.
WGL Energy Services, Inc. (WGL Energy) joined other industry thought leaders in participating as a Silver Sponsor. In addition, WGL Energy greened the event by contributing 87 Green-e® Climate certified carbon offsets, sourced from the Chesapeake Bay Region, to achieve carbon neutrality for the event. By contributing carbon offsets, WGL Energy aided in reducing the event’s estimated greenhouse emissions from air travel, vehicle travel, hotel stays and solid waste equal to 18 cars off the road for a year.
Richard Walsh, WGL Energy’s Program Lead for Clean Energy Solutions, joined University of Maryland’s Susan Corry, for a thought-provoking discussion on evolving to net zero emissions. Following suit, WGL Energy staff were on hand in the exhibit hall to discuss the company’s diversified portfolio of green product offerings and how integrating them into an energy management strategy can help organizations achieve their sustainability objectives. In keeping with the conference’s Exhibit Hall Scavenger Hunt theme, which encouraged attendees to engage with participating companies, visitors to the WGL Energy booth received Energy Answers and stickers for their conference passports.
To find out how an integrated energy management strategy helped three university campuses meet their sustainability goals, download the Campus Sustainability White Paper from WGL Energy.
About Smart and Sustainable
The Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference continues to meet the evolving needs of the higher education sustainability community. The diversity of the conference also continues to grow, with attendees hailing from the United States, Canada, Turkey, and Brazil. Small, two-year colleges, liberal arts institutions, and large research universities are all represented, their sustainability experiences as diverse and valuable as their institutional missions. The feedback and evaluations from these attendees continues to shape the conference every year, and will continue to influence the conversations surrounding campus sustainability.
Smart and Sustainable attracts professionals and students from all aspects of higher education, including: facilities and energy, campus planning, research, sales and marketing, design and construction, administration and business, safety and health, dining services, and sustainability. In the past five years, Smart and Sustainable has hosted attendees from more than 400 unique colleges, universities, non-profits and government departments.