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Sustainability Series (9/15, 22, and 29, 2020)
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 Export to Your Calendar 9/22/2020 to 9/29/2020
When: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
2:00 PM
Where: Virtual
United States
Contact: Jeremy Browning

Online registration is available until: 9/30/2020
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Building a Sustainable Future: Macro to Micro

A macro look at future weather patterns and predictions, how the built environment is responding to climate change, and a micro review of innovations in solar glass.


The following sessions are offered complimentary but registration is required. For more information, contact Jeremy Browning, Sustainability Manager.


Session 1:  Future Weather Files - Link to presentation

Tom Di Liberto, a climatologist and science writer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Program Office's communication team, will give an in-depth look at future weather files, changing climate zones, and what models predict from now until 2100. Learn about the tools and resources on to follow climate trends and changes.


Session 2:  George Mason University Path to Net-Zero 2050 or Sooner! - Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm EDT

In 2007, George Mason University signed the American College and University President's Climate Commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and then created the school's Office of Sustainability. Greg Farley, director of University Sustainability at GMU, will share an overview of their Climate Action Plan and how the campus is reducing its carbon footprint, including guidelines for new construction and building retrofits.


Session 3:  Envisioning the Solar Glass Revolution - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm EDT

Lance Wheeler, Ph.D., who leads research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will discuss his invention of the world's first thermochromic photovoltaic window. He will share energy insights, the current state of the art, and cutting-edge innovations in PV technology and its use in windows.





Tom Di Liberto works with NOAA's Climate Program Offices Communication team in Silver Spring, MDHe is a science writer for NOAAwebsite and a member of the NOAA/National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center El Niño/Southern Oscillation or ENSO team. This group provides information that predicts and describes climate variations to better manage climate risk. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science and from Stony Brook with a Master of Science in Atmospheric Science.




Greg Farley is director of University Sustainability for George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. He has held similar positions at Washington College (Chestertown, MD) and at Chesapeake College (Wye Mills, MD), where he was an instructor and director of the Chesapeake College Center for Leadership in Environmental Education. His career in sustainability began as a visiting scholar at the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), part of the University of Hawaii Maui College, where he also co-edited a book, “Thinking Like an Island,” with SLIM Director Jennifer Chirico. A biologist by training, he holds degrees from Duke University and Florida State University. 





Lance Wheeler, Ph.D., is the inventor the world’s first thermochromic photovoltaic window and now leads research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that spans the underlying science of solar materials to the practical deployment of photovoltaic windows. Wheeler received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from St. Johns University in Collegeville, MN and received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. 



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