Ramping Up Renewables


Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 12:30pm


Hyatt Regency Baltimore


$75, includes lunch and break

There has never been a better time for colleges and universities to lead on climate solutions. Renewable power purchase agreements can lower costs, reduce price risk, mitigate greenhouse gases, and provide research and educational opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. This workshop will help participants develop an integrated renewable energy strategy, including both onsite and offsite approaches. Learn how to pull back the curtain on project economics, engage internal decision-makers, and navigate the marketplace of renewable energy options, with a dive deep on contracting power purchase agreements from high-impact, large-scale, offsite renewable energy projects.

Learning Outcomes

1. Learn how to craft a comprehensive renewable energy plan, with a focus on large-scale Power Purchase Agreements (PPA).

2. Discover how to reduce energy costs and contain energy price risks.

3. Understand how to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions with renewable energy.


Renewables Happy Hour             4:30 - 6:00pm

Join your colleagues from the Altenex, MREA/Second Nature renewable energy workshops for a relaxed networking social at Bistro 300 Lounge. Beer and wine provided by Altenex.



Blaine Collison is the Managing Director of Network Services for Altenex.  Prior to joining Altenex in April 2014, Blaine lead the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership.  Blaine serves on the board of directors of the Association of Climate Change Officers and the advisory boards of the Sustainable Endowments Institute and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Chris O'Brien came to Altenex from American University where he was Director of Sustainability, responsible for all sustainability functions, committing to climate-neutrality by 2020. At Altenex, Chris is the Director of Higher Education Programs, helping the higher education sector catalyze the transformation of America's electricity supply to clean and renewable sources. 

James Critchfield currently directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership – a voluntary program that supports organizational procurement of green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.  In addition, James is also involved in supporting the development and rollout of EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  Prior to joining EPA, James worked in California for a leading solar energy system design and build firm.  

As Sustainability Director for Boston University, Dennis Carlberg is focused on mitigating BU’s impacts on climate change while preparing the campus for the impacts from climate change. Dennis is an architect and a LEED AP. Prior to joining BU, Dennis was a principal at Arrowstreet where he focused on sustainable design.