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Escape the cold for a Monday in Tempe at Second Nature’s 2018 Climate Leadership Summit

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As a long-term partner of Second Nature, CustomerFirstRenewables is actively supporting the Second Nature 2018 Climate Leadership Summit in Tempe, Arizona. We are hosting two panel sessions on Monday, February 5, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

Understanding Options, Trends and Opportunities with Renewable Energy (Financing & Implementation Track)

Topic: How do you operationalize your campus’ renewable energy strategy? This panel will share three examples of implementing large-scale renewable energy solutions, including understanding the process to secure large-scale energy contracts while building trust amongst your campus stakeholders that renewable energy makes sense environmentally, economically, and educationally. Panelists will also address how to maximize the strategic and reputational value of renewables for your campus.


  • Gary Farha, President, CustomerFirst Renewables (Facilitator)
  • Mark Bryon, Executive Director for Renewable Energy Programs, University California Office of the President
  • Mick Dalrymple, Director University Sustainability Practices, Arizona State University
  • Ann Erhardt, Director of Sustainability, Michigan State University

Setting the Vision and Strategy for Neutrality (Leadership Track)

Topic: Clean energy can simply be seen as an operational target, rather than a strategic imperative for a higher education institution. Drawing on cross-sector senior leadership perspectives from the military and higher education, this session will discuss successful ways to integrate operations and strategy to accelerate deployment of clean energy solutions. 


  • Bob Griffin, VP for Development, CustomerFirst Renewables (Facilitator & Panelist) (formerly: Executive Director, Renewable Energy Program Office, Department of the Navy, where he led the procurement of 1.1 GW of renewable energy)
  • Samuel L. Stanley, President of SUNY Stony Brook
  • Elizabeth Kiss, President of Agnes Scott College
  • Jacqueline Johnson, Chancellor Emerita, University of Minnesota, Morris
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