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Efficient and Healthy Schools Campaign Webinar Series Track 2: Emissions Reduction and Resilience

Participating schools and districts will complete a 3-part webinar series (Jan-Mar 2023) to learn about assessment tools and get assistance in planning activities. Schools must complete a final plan describing how topics covered in the webinars inform decisions to improve their school facilities. School district staff are allowed to sign up at any point in the process! If you've missed the any webinars, that is okay, recordings can be watched in place of attendance.This webinar series is for schools and school district staff only.

Attendance or viewing of all webinars and their corresponding surveys are required to receive recognition. If you are unable to make the scheduled times of the webinars, watching the recording afterwards and filling out the survey still counts as attendance credit. We recommend attending live, however, to be able to participate in discussion and ask your questions real time.

January 24th, Making the Case for Carbon Reduction and Electrification Readiness for School Districts
Switching to low carbon technologies and electrification has huge potential to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change. Schools can start with strategic planning to move towards decarbonization. This webinar reviews pathways to reduce carbon emissions and electrification readiness for school districts to help them effectively prepare their infrastructure for the shift away from fossil fuels. Join New Buildings Institute, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and World Resources Institute to discuss cost-effective approaches for school districts to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change.

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February 21st, Understanding Greenhouse Gas Tracking and Reporting in School Districts
Interest is growing among school districts to learn how to set schools on a path to zero carbon design, construction and operations. Designed to educate campaign participants interested in setting their school or school district on a path to lower carbon emissions, this webinar helps schools to first understand where they are at and how to track the impact of the work they intend to do. This session will discuss the process of greenhouse gas emissions accounting and the tools and resources to assess and track reductions over time. Presenters will also highlight the benefits from doing so, including improved health, education outcomes, resilience, and reduced operating costs.

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March 28th, Take Action on Climate! Planning for Climate Vulnerability and Resiliency in Schools
Extreme weather like heat, wildfire, and flooding events are taking an increasing toll on schools and school communities across the country. These impacts manifest in the form of damage to property and disruptions. Buildings that prioritize passive strategies and resilient operations can both mitigate climate change and adapt to a changing world while providing exceptional educational opportunities. This session will discuss the opportunities to identify climate vulnerabilities and how to plan for upgrades over time to ensure safer and more resilient buildings. Case studies of districts that have created their own plans and successful resilient projects will be presented. Participants will spend time discussing potential goals and actions relevant to their district that can be utilized to develop a climate action plan.

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