BayRen Quarterly Forum Recap
BayREN's Quarterly Forum, held on September 16, 2020, was titled No Missed Opportunities: Decarbonization of Public Buildings. This recap was provided by guest columnist Denise Lin, Sustainability Coordinator, County of San Mateo and Co-Lead of content development for the Forum.
As local jurisdictions look for ways to meet more aggressive climate goals, many consider decarbonizing existing municipal buildings. However, myths and barriers exist that keep jurisdictions from taking on projects and ensuring there are no missed opportunities.
The most recent BayREN Forum shared information and local examples to help other jurisdictions develop a more complete picture of the opportunities and challenges for decarbonizing their own portfolios.
"The Forum topic was particularly timely,” notes Susan Wright, Senior Sustainability Specialist, County of San Mateo and Co-Lead of content development for the Forum. “Many local governments are beginning to look at the opportunities with existing buildings and are actively seeking strategy insights, including nuts-and-bolts type information that will help them proceed. Our polling during the event definitely showed that this topic is becoming very important to local staff.”
Municipal Projects: Lessons Learned and Opportunities with Blake Herrschaft
Considering Projects Holistically: Technological, Financial and Operational Factors with Joe Fullerton
California's Regulatory Landscape & Implications for Local Governments on Municipal Building Projects with Sara Baldwin
Presentations from City of San Francisco (Eden Brukman) and City of Hayward (Erik Pearson) on specific projects
BayREN Municipal Zero Net Energy/Zero Net Carbon Assistance with Peter Pollard
American Cities Climate Challenge with Betty Seto and Wendy Lee
Lin pointed out that attendance was robust, with more than 130 attendees. “A top takeaway for attendees was that there is more policy, education, and funding needed to drive decarbonization efforts,” she continued. “A number of participants noted that they are planning to develop decarbonization strategies and engage local government staff following the event.”
“This was one of the best organized and orchestrated webinars I’ve seen in these recent months,” one attendee remarked.
All recorded presentations and materials are available on the BayREN website free of charge. Additional Zero Net Energy/Decarbonization Resources for Local Governments are also available.
The next BayREN Forum is scheduled for November 12, 2020.