Bring Your Own Problem

July 31st 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Boston University

Second Nature and ENGIE invite you to participate in a campus sustainability “co-laboratory” event, hosted at Boston University.

The "Bring Your Own Problem" (BYOP) approach provides you and other campus leaders an opportunity to submit and present distinct energy and climate-related concerns faced by campuses in our region and work as a team to identify solutions.

With guest speakers Caitlin Holley from The Ohio State University and Dennis Carlberg from Boston University, you will hear first-hand how they each are approaching their energy challenges. Plus, you won't want to miss out on keynote speaker, Michael Webber, from the University of Texas, and an exclusive book signing at the end of the event where you will receive a free copy of his book, Power Trip: The Story of Energy.

We look forward to you joining us and putting our heads together to tackle the biggest climate-related challenges you face today!

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Add to My Calendar 2019-07-31 11:00:00 2019-07-31 16:00:00 America/New York Bring Your Own Problem The "Bring Your Own Problem" (BYOP) approach provides you and other campus leaders an opportunity to submit and present distinct energy and climate-related concerns faced by campuses in our region and work as a team to identify solutions. Boston University Suzanne Childre

What to Expect

We will source the top problems submitted by attendees and work as a team to develop solutions. In working groups, you will be placed with peers that face a similar challenge and work through them as a group.

Describe your challenge and context

The group asks any questions they may have

Discuss challenge and potential solutions as a group

Key takeaways are noted at the end of the BYOP session

The co-laboratory will be hosted at Boston University and be facilitated by ENGIE and Second Nature. Lunch will be included.

Our Speakers

Dennis Carlberg

After 25 years as a Boston-based architect, Dennis Carlberg became the first Sustainability Director of Boston University in 2009. In his current role as the Associate Vice President for University Sustainability, he leads a team of six full-time staff and a team of interns to influence and institute changes in operations and to increase use of the campus and community as a living learning laboratory for sustainability. Off campus, Dennis co-chairs the Climate Resilience Committee at the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Higher Ed Working Group, three Carbon Free Boston working groups, the City of Boston’s Zero Waste Advisory Committee, and the AASHE STARS Steering Committee.

Caitlin Holley

As a part of the Capital Projects team at Ohio State University, Caitlin plans for a carbon neutral future by leading energy projects and creating and managing a toolbox of technologies to fulfill the University’s specific energy needs. Her work on campus includes developing projects to improve sustainability and reduce carbon footprint, while meeting each facility’s resiliency needs, and balancing financial and operational considerations. Caitlin has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Ohio.

Michael Webber

Dr. Michael E. Webber is the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources and a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. There, he trains the next generation of energy leaders through research and education at the convergence of engineering, policy, and commercialization. Additionally, Michael is an esteemed author and has published numerous books and peer-reviewed articles. Based in Paris, France, he also serves as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy & infrastructure services company.

The Agenda


11:00 AM


11:15 AM

The Steps in Our Climate Action Plan (CAP) to Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions + Q&A

Dennis Carlberg, Boston University

11:20 AM

Building Energy Performance & Conservation: Performance Contracting vs. Long-term Partnerships + Q&A

Caitlin Holley, The Ohio State Energy Partners

12:00 PM

BYOP Working Session

1:00 PM

BYOP Report Out

2:30 PM

Rethinking Energy Issues + Q&A

Michael Webber, University of Texas at Austin

3:00 PM

Book Signing with Michael Webber

Power Trip: The Story of Energy

3:45 PM


4 PM

Thought Starters

Getting broad-based buy-in on your Sustainability or Climate Action Plan.

Determining how to finance major projects in cash-strapped environments.

Justifying up-front costs to achieve long-term savings in energy-efficiency infrastructure.

Prioritizing energy-efficiency projects that will yield the biggest return on investment.

Bridging the gap between initial installation, building operations, and occupant behavior.

How to purchase renewable energy from a green asset.

Reserve My Seat

All spots for BYOP are currently filled. To be added to the waitlist, please contact our event planner, Suzanne Childre, via email at

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Boston University
1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
Kenmore Conference Room
9th Floor

July 31st, 2019
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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Questions? We have answers. Contact our event planner, Suzanne Childre:

Deadline to Register
July 24th, 2019

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