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Building Your Internal Network: Making the Switch to Green Power

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
1:00-2:00 pm (EST)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm (EST), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) hosted a webinar entitled "Building Your Internal Network: Making the Switch to Green Power."

The session addressed one of the most important elements of organizational clean energy/sustainability strategy: effectively engaging allies across the enterprise.

Particularly for on-site and utility-scale green power opportunities, sustainability and energy staff find that they need to coordinate or collaborate with multiple additional functions within their organization — be it a corporate, institutional or governmental organization. Building the support of an internal network can make all the difference when it comes to making a purchase or installing green power on-site. In this webinar, we discussed how to build this network, how to leverage other stakeholders' key issues and address their challenges, and who needs to be involved.

Webinar participants learned:

  • Which areas of an organization play a role in using renewable energy - including senior leadership, financial management, facilities management, operations, energy and utility management staff.
  • What information each group needs to make a decision on using green power, and how to present it in terms they'll understand and support.
  • Real world examples from American University and Mars Incorporated.

Speakers included:

  • Blaine Collison, Program Director, U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership
    Presentation (PDF) (9 pp, 1.2MB, About PDF)
  • Chris O'Brien, Director, Office of Sustainability, American University
    Presentation (PDF) (13 pp, 1.1MB)
  • Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director, Mars Incorporated
    Presentation (PDF) (7 pp, 96K)

To request an audio recording of the webinar, send an email to Mollie Lemon (lemon.mollie@epa.gov).

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