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September 29, 2020

Getting to Zero: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plans
September 29, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Virtual Zoom Meeting
Join us to hear more about Swarthmore College and other carbon reduction plans

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Climate change is upon us.  Meteorologists report that the average global temperature has risen by roughly 1.1 degrees C (2 degrees F) in the past 100 years, climate-related natural disasters are occurring at unprecedented frequencies, and sea level rise is measurable across the planet. In response, many private and public sector organizations are developing climate action plans in order to both mitigate the damage and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. This meeting's speakers will look at some of the policies and plans being developed by local organizations in response to the climate crisis, including direct greenhouse gas reductions via energy efficiency and renewables, as well as electrification of energy services that have traditionally relied on fossil fuels.


Elizabeth Drake, Swarthmore College

Elizabeth Drake is the Climate Action Manager in the Office of Sustainability, where she leads climate protection activities across the institution in support of the College’s commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. This includes leading the College’s award-winning Carbon Charge program, developing strategies to address greenhouse gas emissions associated with the College, and implementing projects to increase adoption of renewable energy. A central piece of Elizabeth’s work is the Roadmap to Zero: Energy Infrastructure Master Plan, which aims to create a resilient energy system that provides reliable, safe, sustainable, and cost-effective electricity, heating, and cooling to support Swarthmore’s educational mission. Elizabeth also plays a strategic leadership role in outreach, education, research, and projects to help Swarthmore respond to the urgency of climate change in teaching, learning, operations, and community engagement.

Prior to joining Swarthmore College, Elizabeth managed sustainability and regenerative development for Fetzer Vineyards, the largest B Corp-certified wine company in the world. Her work focused on implementing forward-thinking initiatives to meet waste, water, energy, emissions, supply chain, and social impact goals in pursuit of net positive operations. Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Sustainability from Cornell University and a certificate in Applied Sustainable Operations from Presidio Graduate School.

David Smith, Burns Engineering

Dave, an energy industry veteran, leads Burns’ Energy Services team and continues to build on the company’s national reputation for thought leadership and innovation. Bringing over 35 years of experience to bear, Dave is now focused on leveraging Burns’ leading edge energy advisory services and electrical and power engineering expertise at the intersection of strategic electrification, energy resilience, grid optimization, and decarbonization. To this end, together with Burns’ Advanced Power Group, Dave’s team is helping campuses, airports, utilities, vehicle fleets, and transit authorities transition towards clean and resilient electricity and away from fossil fuels.


Dave’s experience and background includes energy efficiency, energy planning, combined heat and power, microgrids, renewable energy, battery storage, project finance, sustainability, and public policy. A proven systems thinker, Dave has developed and led multiple energy consulting and planning projects with an emphasis on identifying integrated, holistic strategies to maximize cost savings and environmental benefits. Dave has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton School of Business and Green Mountain College, speaking on topics ranging from energy efficiency, energy resilience, microgrids, cogeneration and the grid of the future. He also speaks regularly at industry conferences and has led or participated in numerous microgrid workshops.

Dave earned an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University, and a Master of Science in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania


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