Extracurriculars

     

Type of Offering

Extracurriculars
Type: Case Competition
Date: April, 2011

The Global Social Venture Competition is the largest and oldest student-led business plan competition providing mentoring, exposure, and prizes for social ventures from around the world. The mission of the GSVC is to catalyze the creation of social ventures, educate future leaders and build awareness of social enterprises. The competition supports the creation of real businesses that bring about positive social change in a sustainable manner. Yale SOM joined the GSVC partnership in 2007, and is sponsored by the Program on Social Enterprise, which supports scholars, students, and alumni interested in the connections between society and business, and Net Impact. Activities surrounding the competition offer an excellent opportunity to engage the Yale SOM community in educational outreach and to promote social entrepreneurship. Each year, entrant teams from around the world compete for over $45,000 while gaining valuable professional feedback on their ventures. Since its inception in 1999, the GSVC has awarded more than a quarter of a million dollars to emerging social ventures and has introduced early-stage social venture entrepreneurs to the investment community. Nearly 25% of past GSVC entrants are now operating companies.

Date: October, 2010

Net Impact’s Speed Networking Night provides an opportunity for first year students to learn about a variety of 2nd years’ summer internship experiences in the social sector. First year students have the opportunity to rotate through different tables of second years to learn about as many experiences as possible in one evening.

Type: Case Competition
Date: March, 2011

The mission of the Yale SOM Education Business Plan Competition is to promote education entrepreneurship as a means of advancing education reform, specifically among graduate students who have a passion for education. The competition will focus on seed proposals rather than fully-developed businesses to encourage novel thought.

The first annual competition will be held in conjunction with the Yale SOM Education Leadership Conference (ELC), which will be held on March 25, 2011. Preliminary evaluation rounds will occur in advance of the spring conference. At the conference, finalists will present, a winning team will be announced, and $10,000 in prize money will be awarded.

Competition Goals are to encourage graduate students to conceive of new ventures – for profit and nonprofit – that work to close the achievement gap and raise student achievement, build a foundation of future entrepreneurs in education, and promote innovation and enterprise as a means of advancing education reform.

Date: November, 2010

To build a stronger sense of community among SOM Net Impact’s large membership, the club hosts community dinners where students can meet to discuss topics of interests. Dinners are held at students’ homes, and discussion topics are selected by students. Recent community dinners have addressed lessons learned from volunteer management and SOM’s social sector courses.

Date: January, 2011

The Dean and Faculty of Yale Law School and Yale School of Management present the Yale Symposium on Law and Management with Kevin R. Czinger ’82 BA, ’87 JD, Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor, CODA Automotive. The topic of his talk is "Lessons from Two Decades of New Business Creation—From Satellite Television to Electric Cars".

About Kevin Czinger:

Kevin Czinger is the co-Founder and Strategic Advisor of CODA Automotive, an electric car and battery company headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Previously, he was the President and CEO of CODA, where he oversaw the management and strategic direction of the company. Throughout his career, Kevin has maintained a proven track record of performance operating start-up and growth companies.

Prior to CODA, Kevin was a Partner and Managing Director at Fortress Private Equity, an alternative asset management firm, and an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. From 1999 – 2000, Kevin served as Senior Vice President, Operations and Finance, and Chief Financial Officer of Webvan Group.

Prior to Webvan, Kevin was a Managing Director in the media and telecommunications group at Merrill Lynch, and also served as the CEO of Volcano Entertainment, a record and music publishing company he founded. In the early 1990’s, Kevin was Executive Director and head of the media-banking group at Goldman Sachs International in London.

A talented football player, Kevin was recruited to play football for Yale University where he earned a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Outside of his responsibilities for CODA, Kevin is a passionate advocate for renewable energy, sustainable transportation and the environment, and is a member of the board of the Electrification Coalition. He is also a leader in the charter school initiative for inner cities through his sponsorship of Achievement First. Kevin served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves for nine years.

Date: January, 2011

A conversation with Michael Shellenberger & Ted Nordhaus, authors of "Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility," reflecting on where the environmental movement stands today. Ted Nordhaus & Michael Shellenberger are cofounders of the Breakthrough Institute, a political think tank based in Oakland, California that works at the nexus of climate, energy, and economic policy. This event is hosted by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy and the Energy Student Interest Group.

Date: October, 2010

Yale SOM’s mission is to educate leaders for business and society. The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is an important component of that education, designed to help students actively reflect on leadership as it pertains to their own personal and career aspirations, attitudes, and plans. A new series of occasional Dean’s Teas, loosely connected to LDP but open to the whole SOM community, will provide another venue to help such reflection. To take advantage of being at Yale, we have asked eminent Yale scholars in the humanities to share with us their visions, ideas, and perspectives. Attending these events offers an opportunity to develop a deeper sense of culture, values, and that special brand of education Yale offers to the world.

John Hare, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, “Morality and Religion.”

Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University, “Religion in Modern American Life,”

Norma Thompson, Professor Norma Thompson, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Humanities at Yale College, “Evidence in Humanistic Inquiry: Freud and the Business of Dreaming”, a course she co-taught last year.

Date: April, 2011

Net Impact offers a Nonprofit Finance Boot Camp to familiarize students with the terminology and procedures specific to the nonprofit sector. The sessions were led by Renée Jacob, Associate Director of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and an SOM alum. The session reviewed the major differences between nonprofit and for-profit finance and explained how to identify key information from financial statements. Students also used a case study to learn how to use financial information in nonprofit organizational planning and decision-making.

Date: February, 2011

SOMunity is an event series that celebrates the diverse ideas, perspectives and identities that we all bring to the SOM community. The theme is "Live Diversity" which celebrates how we can support diversity in all aspects of our personal and professional lives. SOMunity is a student-led initiative, launched in 2009 through the Dean’s Diversity Task Force. The keynote event for SOMunity this year is a panel discussion with the chief diversity leaders from Goldman Sachs, Aetna, Teach for America and Major League Baseball. Professor Tori Brescoll will be moderating a discussion about how each of these organizations, leaders in their field, are approaching diversity and inclusiveness in their enterprises. Sponsored by Women In Management, the Business of Sports Group and SOMunity.

Date: January, 2011

Net Impact collaborates with SOM’s Career Development Office to coordinate a career networking night for students interested in the social sector. The 2010 event included major non-profits and social enterprises, including Kiva, Cone, and E+Co, and offered first and second year students an opportunity to meet with representatives from each organization.

Date: September, 2010

Women in Management Club (WIM) works to support the development of female leaders, cultivate a diverse community of women, and advance the dialogue about women in business and society. First Mondays is WIM’s monthly speaker series. WIM invites guests from a variety of backgrounds to discuss their professional path and experiences with SOM students in an open, relaxed environment. Though they feature women who hold leadership roles within their industries, First Mondays are relevant and open to the entire SOM community. Select speakers include:

Gina McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Gina McCarthy has been a leading advocate for win-win strategies to confront climate change and strengthen our green economy. During her tenure, OAR has taken important steps to limiting greenhouse gas emissions, including the Endangerment Finding, the Mandatory Reporting Rule, the first tailpipe greenhouse gas emission standard for passenger vehicles, and the Prevention of Significant Deterioration Tailoring Rule. These rules are common sense ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect public health and the environment.

Nancy Pfund, '82, Managing Partner of DBL Investors – A Double-Bottom Line Venture Capital Firm

Nancy Pfund, SOM ’82 is Managing Partner of the double-bottom line venture capital firm, DBL Investors based in San Francisco. Nancy has extensive experience investing in a variety of industries especially clean technology, some of DBL Investors’ portfolio companies are SolarCity, Brightsource Energy, Tesla Motors and Pandora.

Robin Chase is the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world. Zipcar’s use of the Internet and wireless technology gave its members on-demand access to cars by-the-hour, revolutionizing people’s relationship with their cars and improving the quality of urban life for all. Ms. Chase is also the founder and CEO of GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. GoLoco helps people quickly arrange to share car trips and handles online payments for passengers and drivers to share trip costs. Ms. Chase also currently leads Meadow Networks, a consulting firm that advises government agencies and NGOs on transportation and planning and its impacts on innovation and economic development. This event co-sponsored by the Entrepreneurship Club.

Marjorie Margolies: Leadership Across Sectors

Marjorie is currently the President of Women’s Campaign International, an NGO dedicated to increasing the participation of women in decision-making processes throughout the world, and a professor at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Early in her career, she was a journalist with NBC in New York and Washington, DC, as well as a Correspondent to the Today Show, Sunday Today, A Closer Look, CNBC, and Real Life with Jane Pauley. She won five Emmy Awards for her reporting. In 1992, Marjorie was elected to the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 13th district and during her term she served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on Small Business, and the Committee on Government Operations. She was the Director of the United States delegation to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China and the author of A Woman’s Place…The Freshmen Women Who Changed the Face of Congress and They Came to Stay, chronicling her experiences adopting foreign children.

Muna Sulayaman, Executive Director, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Kingdom Foundation

Muna AbuSulayman is a well-known television personality, having co-hosted for seven years the popular MBC show Kalam Nawaem. The show, number one among social programs on all Arab channels, focuses on cultural, social, and gender issues and has a worldwide viewing audience. Since 2006, AbuSulayman has directed the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, in which she focuses on women’s empowerment, East-West cross-civilization programs, and strengthening educational institutions in the Middle East. She is also a lecturer in American Literature at King Saud University and a Yale World Fellow.

Dr. Allison Kingsley, “Getting Your Dream Job: An Iterated Game”

Allison Kingsley, Ph.D. is Director of Underwriting and Head of Research at Reformation Group Holdings, an asset management and financial insurance firm that specializes in infrastructure and energy transactions in emerging markets. She also teaches in Yale’s Department of Political Science and International Affairs Council. Previously, Dr. Kingsley worked at Ambac in both the Emerging Markets and Public & Project Finance groups and started her career as an Associate at Lehman Brothers in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions group.

Date: April, 2010

A global group of leaders, who have been working to shape tomorrow’s Forests and Climate Change policies, will share their challenges in developing a globally viable REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries) framework and propose actions we can all take to “get REDD right”!

Date: December, 2009

The Center for Business & Environment organizes the Carbon Finance Webinar Series, events include:

-Energy Efficiency: Key Concepts and Opportunities, Jonathan Koomey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This talk explores key issues in catalyzing energy efficiency investments. In the three decades since the energy crises of the 1970s we’ve learned a great deal about the potential for energy efficiency and the means to deliver it cost effectively and reliably. Back then, many analysts still held to the now discredited “ironclad link” between energy use and economic activity, which implied that any reduction in energy use would make our society less wealthy.

-Climate Change and Energy Savings Attitudes, Behavior and Barriers in the U.S., Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale University. As behavior-based strategies to climate protection have increasingly become more mainstream in America, this talk explores key issues around the challenges of changing consumer attitudes and behaviors when it comes to taking personal actions to address climate change and energy.

-Measuring Performance in State Energy Efficiency: Energy Consumption Intensity in the Residential Sector, Yurina Mugica, NRDC. NRDC, in cooperation with Humboldt State University, is exploring how to measure energy consumption trends as a means for understanding energy efficiency results and creating greater transparency and accountability needed to ensure that energy efficiency funding and programs achieve their full potential. As part of the ACEEE 2009 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the team has developed a methodology for developing state-level metrics of energy consumption intensity in the residential sector. This talk focuses on how this metric is calculated and what it says about the state of public policy on energy efficiency at the state level.

-Lessons Learned from New England: A National Priority to Invest in Energy Efficiency to Increase Economic Output and Job Creation, Jamie Howland, Environment Northeast. As the congress debates a national energy and climate policy, New England’s increasing focus on energy efficiency provides a prime case-study for evaluating efficiency’s impact on economic output and job growth. Presenting is Jamie Howland of Environment Northeast, whose groundbreaking work brings useful lessons and insights to the national debate on the future of energy and climate policy.

-Expanding Renewable Energy Markets in the U.S.: Current Drivers and Examination of Potential Policy Scenarios. Lori Bird, a member of the Market and Policy impact Analysis Group at NREL, discusses policies and markets for renewable energy in the U.S. She provides an overview of current policies driving renewable energy development in the U.S. as well as the costs and impacts of proposed federal policies. She will also discuss the interplay of efficiency and renewable energy in a combined renewable energy portfolio standard.

-Advancing Energy Efficiency in the U.S.: A Look at State and Federal Policies and Best Practices. Steve Nadel, Executive Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) talks about leading examples of state level energy efficiency policies and the current discussions on energy efficiency resource standards at the federal level.

-People Centered Initiatives: Estimating the Potential for Behavior-Related Energy Savings and why they are Necessary. Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, founder of Human Dimensions Research Associates, talks about the scale of potental behavior-related energy savings and the critical contributions of applied social science research for achieving successful energy initiatives.

-Peer Comparison Feedback Can Reduce Residential Energy Usage: A Study from Two Large Field Experiments. Ian Ayres, the William K. Townsend Professor of Law and Anne Urowsky Professorial Fellow in Law at Yale University, talks about a recent study that uses large scale data analysis to assess how peer feedback can reduce residential energy usage.

-Implementing the Behavior Wedge. Michael Vandenbergh, Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School, talks about overcoming barriers to implementing the behavioral wedge to be achieved in 10 years.

-Marketing Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Across the U.S. - Let's Get Energy Smart. Brian Keane, President of SmartPower, talks about the challenges and opportunities of marketing clean energy and energy efficiency to the nation’s households and communities.

-Increasing Consumer Energy Engagement: Comparing Behavior to Traditional Efficiency Resources. Zeke Hausfather, Executive Vice President of Energy, and Andy Frank, Executive Vice President of Business Development of Efficiency 2.0, talk about the strategies to radically increase consumer energy engagement in order to place behavior as a preferred efficiency resource and demonstrate one approach to breaking down household savings opportunities.

-Green Jobs/Green NY: Helping the Economy and the Enviro

Date: October, 2009

The Center for Business & Environment organizes the Sustainability Leaders Speaker Series, events include:

• Going Green in a Down Economy: A View from Corporate America, Kristin Morico, GE. Designed as a collaboration with Alumni Affairs, the Career Development Office and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, "Going Green in a Down Economy: The View from Corporate America" features Yale alumni who will focus on economic trends at the intersection of business and the environment in corporate America.

• An Early Champion of Corporate Social Responsibility: The Ben & Jerry's Story, Jerry Greenfield, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Jerry discusses building a successful business while remaining committed to a social mission. He provides insights on Ben & Jerry’s journey from its first scoop shop in Burlington, Vermont through to the company’s acquisition by Unilever in 2000. He will highlight lessons learned, missteps and general observations on doing business in a sustainable fashion.

• Corporate Partnerships at EDF. Gwen Ruta, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Audrey Davenport, Program Manager and Geballe Fellow, of EDF discuss their strategy to work closely with for-profit corporations.

• Sustainability Careers - How to Get a Good Green Job, Katie Kross, Duke University. Katie Kross, author of Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for MBA Careers in Sustainability, leads a series of sessions to help students better understand the career opportunities, paths, and tactical strategies for pursuing sustainability career opportunities that align with their values.

• Leveraging Innovation to Drive Sustainability. Larry Keeley, Doblin Co-founder and President Partner of the Monitor Group, discuss how organizations are developing innovative sustainability strategies to achieve business and environmental goals.

• Pursuing Corporate Energy Efficiency through the EDF Climate Corps Program. Rachel Hinchliffe, Program Manager in EDF’s Corporate Partnership program, and John Queenan, Head of Environment and Sustainability at RBS Citizens, as well as a few Yale SOM students share their experiences through Environmental Defense Fund’s (EDF) Climate Corps fellowship program.

• Public and Private Partnerships at The Nature Conservancy. Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer of The Nature Conservancy, discusses his leadership experiences in engaging both the public and private sectors in environmental stewardship.

• Resource Efficiency at Nestlé Waters. Kim Jeffery, President and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America Inc, discusses his challenges and accomplishments in achieving corporate efficiency in waste, water, and energy at the largest bottled water company in North America, as well as the larger issue of container recycling in the United States.

• Sustainability and “Saving People Money” at Walmart. Leslie Dach, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Walmart, discusses the opportunities to align sustainability with a low-cost business strategy, as well as the efforts of the world’s largest corporation to make a difference on key societal issues in the countries in which it operates.

• GOING GREEN with the Philadelphia Eagles. Christina Weiss Lurie, Owner of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, discusses the accomplishments of the Eagles' GO GREEN program to date, as well as its ambitious new goal of making the stadium self-sufficient for its energy needs.

• Changing the World with Ice Cream: The Ben & Jerry's Story. Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream company discusses the company’s pioneering actions in corporate sustainability and his thoughts on the future of sustainability.

Date: November, 2009

From the Gold Coast to the Green Coast – Developing a Clean Energy Economy through Environmental Finance focuses on the potential of establishing a global hub for environmental markets and finance from New York City to Hartford.

Date: September, 2009

The Center for Business & Environment organizes the Environmental Economics Seminar bringing academics together to discuss their current research projects. Professors, PhD and graduate students, and others from around the world meet weekly to present and debate leading research in the field of environmental economics, events include:

• Instrument Choice is Instrumental Design, David Weisbach, University of Chicago

• Firms' Costs (and Benefits) of Environmental Regulation: An Event Study of the EU Emission Trading Scheme, Erin Mansur, Yale University

• Does Competition Reduce Costs? Evidence from the Restructuring of the Chinese Power Sector, Juliana Wang, Yale University

• Do National Borders Matter? Intranational Trade, International Trade, and the Environment, Carol MacAusland, University of British Columbia

• Environmental Conditions and the Productivity of Agricultural Workers, Matt Neidell, Columbia University

• The Ancillary Benefits from Climate Policy in the United States, Nicholas Muller, Middlebury College

• Evidence from Two Large Field Experiments that Peer Comparison Feedback Can Reduce Residential Energy Usage, Ian Ayres, Yale University

• Emissions Control and the Regulation of Product Markets, Kathleen Segerson, University of Connecticut

• Recidivism, Enforcement, and Environmental Compliance, Jay Shimshack, Tulane University

• The Value of Secure Property Rights: Global Evidence from Fisheries, Christopher Costello, U.C. Santa Barbara

• Agriculture, Roads, and Economic Development in Uganda, Doug Gollin, Williams College

• Does Daylight Saving Time Save Energy? Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Indiana, Matthew Kotchen, Yale University

• Climate Treaties, Scott Barrett, Columbia University

• Integrated Modeling and Optimization of Ecosystem Services, Seth Binder, Yale University

• Intergenerational and Intragenerational Equity in the Presence of Climate Change, John Roemer, Yale University

• The Value of Luminosity Data as a Proxy for Economic Statistics, William Nordhaus, Yale University

• The Economics of Climate Change: A Post-Stern Perspective, Geoff Heal, Columbia University

• GHG Targets as Insurance Against Catastrophic Climate Damages, Martin Weitzman, Harvard University

• The Economics of Green Buildings, Nils Kok, Maastricht University

• The Informational Benefits of Voluntary Emissions Regulation: Evidence from the Mexican Clean Industry Program, Andrew Foster, Brown University

• The Extreme Uncertainty of Extreme Climate Change: An Overview and Some Implications, Martin Weitzman, Harvard University

• Car Notches, James Sallee, University of Chicago

• Measuring the Impact of Climate Change on Damages from Extreme Events, Rob Mendelsohn, Yale University

• The Social Cost of Trading: Measuring the Increased Damages from Sulfur Dioxide Trading in the United States, David Henry, Yale University

• Development and the Impact of Climate Change on Energy Demand: Evidence from Brazil, Gil Depaula, Yale University

• Does Green Management Really Matter?, Andrew King, Dartmouth University

• Weather and Death in India: Mechanisms and Implications of Climate Change, Michael Greenstone, MIT

• A Global Economy: Climate Model with High Regional Resolution, Tony Smith, Yale University

Date: October, 2009

The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, in conjunction with the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA), the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association, and the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, present the CAIA Green Investing Symposium hosted by Bloomberg.

Date: March, 2010

This summit is for municipal officials and municipal sustainability/clean energy task force members to learn more about what your town can do to address climate change. This event is sponsored by the Governor's Steering Committee on Climate Change.

Date: December, 2009

The Center for Business & Environment organizes the Carbon Finance Webinar Series, events include:

-Energy Efficiency: Key Concepts and Opportunities, Jonathan Koomey, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This talk explores key issues in catalyzing energy efficiency investments. In the three decades since the energy crises of the 1970s we’ve learned a great deal about the potential for energy efficiency and the means to deliver it cost effectively and reliably. Back then, many analysts still held to the now discredited “ironclad link” between energy use and economic activity, which implied that any reduction in energy use would make our society less wealthy.

-Climate Change and Energy Savings Attitudes, Behavior and Barriers in the U.S., Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale University. As behavior-based strategies to climate protection have increasingly become more mainstream in America, this talk explores key issues around the challenges of changing consumer attitudes and behaviors when it comes to taking personal actions to address climate change and energy.

-Measuring Performance in State Energy Efficiency: Energy Consumption Intensity in the Residential Sector, Yurina Mugica, NRDC. NRDC, in cooperation with Humboldt State University, is exploring how to measure energy consumption trends as a means for understanding energy efficiency results and creating greater transparency and accountability needed to ensure that energy efficiency funding and programs achieve their full potential. As part of the ACEEE 2009 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, the team has developed a methodology for developing state-level metrics of energy consumption intensity in the residential sector. This talk focuses on how this metric is calculated and what it says about the state of public policy on energy efficiency at the state level.

-Lessons Learned from New England: A National Priority to Invest in Energy Efficiency to Increase Economic Output and Job Creation, Jamie Howland, Environment Northeast. As the congress debates a national energy and climate policy, New England’s increasing focus on energy efficiency provides a prime case-study for evaluating efficiency’s impact on economic output and job growth. Presenting is Jamie Howland of Environment Northeast, whose groundbreaking work brings useful lessons and insights to the national debate on the future of energy and climate policy.

-Expanding Renewable Energy Markets in the U.S.: Current Drivers and Examination of Potential Policy Scenarios. Lori Bird, a member of the Market and Policy impact Analysis Group at NREL, discusses policies and markets for renewable energy in the U.S. She provides an overview of current policies driving renewable energy development in the U.S. as well as the costs and impacts of proposed federal policies. She will also discuss the interplay of efficiency and renewable energy in a combined renewable energy portfolio standard.

-Advancing Energy Efficiency in the U.S.: A Look at State and Federal Policies and Best Practices. Steve Nadel, Executive Director of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) talks about leading examples of state level energy efficiency policies and the current discussions on energy efficiency resource standards at the federal level.

-People Centered Initiatives: Estimating the Potential for Behavior-Related Energy Savings and why they are Necessary. Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, founder of Human Dimensions Research Associates, talks about the scale of potental behavior-related energy savings and the critical contributions of applied social science research for achieving successful energy initiatives.

-Peer Comparison Feedback Can Reduce Residential Energy Usage: A Study from Two Large Field Experiments. Ian Ayres, the William K. Townsend Professor of Law and Anne Urowsky Professorial Fellow in Law at Yale University, talks about a recent study that uses large scale data analysis to assess how peer feedback can reduce residential energy usage.

-Implementing the Behavior Wedge. Michael Vandenbergh, Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School, talks about overcoming barriers to implementing the behavioral wedge to be achieved in 10 years.

-Marketing Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Across the U.S. - Let's Get Energy Smart. Brian Keane, President of SmartPower, talks about the challenges and opportunities of marketing clean energy and energy efficiency to the nation’s households and communities.

-Increasing Consumer Energy Engagement: Comparing Behavior to Traditional Efficiency Resources. Zeke Hausfather, Executive Vice President of Energy, and Andy Frank, Executive Vice President of Business Development of Efficiency 2.0, talk about the strategies to radically increase consumer energy engagement in order to place behavior as a preferred efficiency resource and demonstrate one approach to breaking down household savings opportunities.

-Green Jobs/Green NY: Helping the Economy and the Enviro

Date: December, 2009

The Center for Business & Environment organizes the Carbon Finance Webinar Series, events include:

Helping Utilities and Their Customers Solve Energy Challenges Together. Cameron Brooks, Senior Director of Market Development and Policy Strategy for Tendril Inc. discusses a unique business solution that enables consumers to better understand their energy consumption patterns and empowers them with the ability to make a difference.

Bridging Public and Private Financing in Residential Energy Efficiency: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Claire Broido Johnson, the Acting Program Manager of the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs at DOE, who will talk about the transition from public to private investment in residential energy efficiency.

Managing Phantom Load with the modlet® - A Modern Electrical Outlet. Erika Diamond, Vice President of Business Development for ThinkEco talks about the Modlet, a plug-in device that eliminates unnecessary electricity usage by your home and/or office appliances.

The Long Island Green Homes Initiative: How Local Policy Innovations are Driving the National Conversation on Energy Efficiency. Dorian Dale, Energy Director of Babylon, NY to learn about how someone can transform a municipality into a one-stop shop for retrofits that make it easy for a homeowner to have a more affordable, comfortable and efficient home.

Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy. Hannah Choi Granade, a principal in McKinsey & Company’s Stamford, CT office, talks about how to bring energy efficiency to 100 million buildings and billions of devices.

Smart Buildings Meet the Smart Grid: Lessons from a Cleantech Entrepreneur. Alexis Ringwald, Co-founder and Director of Business Development at Valence Energy, talks about emerging trends in the convergence of IT and energy in buildings and about her Silicon Valley entrepreneurial experience.

From Shop Floor to Top Floor: Best Practices in Energy. Andre de Fontaine from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change talks about a recently released report that describes the leading corporate energy efficiency programs, identifies key lessons learned, and details energy efficiency strategy development and implementation through six in-depth case studies of exemplary corporate programs.

Recovery Through Retrofit - The Department of Energy's BetterBuildings Program. Danielle Sass Byrnett, Program Manager of the U.S. Department of Energy's BetterBuildings Program, discusses how this $486M Recovery Act program will support large-scale retrofits and make energy efficiency accessible to hundreds of thousands of homeowners and businesses around the U.S. Danielle discusses the goals of the program, the award process, metrics for success and other topics related to the program. This is the kick-off event for the Blueprint for Efficiency speaker series, which will feature the latest developments in energy efficiency policy, investment, technology, and community engagement, with a special focus on successes from DOE’s BetterBuildings Program.

Enabling the Smart Grid through Smart Software. Andy Frank, VP of Business Development at Efficiency 2.0, discusses the applications of advanced software to energy reduction and climate action goals. Efficiency 2.0 helps consumers reduce their energy consumption through best-practice behavioral strategies, including personalized savings recommendations, goal-setting & feedback, social comparisons, and rewards. Andy will discuss his vision of energy efficiency and the smart grid, and how Efficiency 2.0 is executing programs that deliver verified energy savings through advanced consumer engagement.

Innovations in Financing Energy Efficiency with NYSERDA. Jeff Pitkin, NYSERDA discusses how New York State is developing innovative methods of providing energy efficiency financing in residential dwellings (1-4 family), small commercial, not-for-profit, and multifamily buildings (5+ units) through the Green Jobs-Green New York program. NYSERDA is developing efforts to offer multiple forms of financing in each sector, including direct financing obligations, on-bill recovery financing, and property assessment-based financing. The webinar explores how the program leverages existing programs in each of the sectors, and also incorporates new approaches for consumer outreach and engagement through constituency-based organizations, supported by workforce development activities for participating contractors to create and increase the number of green jobs.

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