UC Santa Barbara

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Post-Conference Workshops

Thursday, June 29th, 2017


Joint UC/CSU Energy Manager’s Meeting (Invitation Only)

8:00am- 3:00pm
West Campus Conference Center
Free to Invited Attendees

The Joint UC/CSU Energy Manager’s Meeting is an in-depth workshop for Energy Managers of Colleges and Universities in California. The focus will be an interactive session for participants to share best practices, lessons learned and practical advice, followed by breakout sessions on topics of interest. Agenda items also include the state of the current UC/CSU/IOU Partnership Program and Program updates. This event is only open to utility representatives and people who fill the role of Energy Manager (or the equivalent) for a college or university campus, unless specifically/personally invited as a speaker by UCOP or the CSU Chancellor’s Office. This event is open to UC, CSU, CCC, and private college Energy Managers.


Building Solar Suitcases to Build Local and Global Citizenship and Sustainability

Thursday, 8:00am- 5:00pm, and Friday, 8:00am- 5:00pm
Humanities and Social Sciences Building, McCune Conference Room 6020
$96 Registration Fee

In this hands-on workshop we share a program and model curriculum that we developed with the United Nations’ Award Winning non-profit, We Care Solar, and for which we won the CHESC 2016 Best Practices in STEM Education Award. The program creates a multi-generational learning community in which university faculty teach university students and local teachers in low-income middle and high schools about solar energy, energy poverty, and social impact solar entrepreneurship through a curriculum centered on building rugged off-grid solar electric systems (We Share Solar Suitcases). Our university students then help teach the school kids in Solar Suitcase building workshops, the products of which are quality assured and installed in energy-deficient schools, orphanages, and refugee centers in the developing world. The program—which adheres to a philosophy of learning by doing, teaching, and sharing—has been profoundly effective at inspiring STEM learning and altruism beyond the classroom in non-traditional students.

Student Convergence

9:00am- 1:00pm
Engineering Sciences Building, Room 1001
$35  Registration Cost

The student convergence is a half day event that will be highlighting new student campaigns, upcoming projects, and skill-sharing workshops. Students will have a chance to network, discuss, and cross silos with other student leaders looking to better their campuses and communities from California Community Colleges, California State Universities, Universities of California, and Private campuses throughout the state. This workshop includes a lunch. Please eat breakfast before arriving.