UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC


The Energy committee is excited to review this year’s proposals and see the bridge between the conference theme, data driven change and engagement, with energy. We hope to see creative presentations that speak to this theme well. We look forward to seeing new projects as well as the progression of past projects, and how they have adapted to changing conditions.

Specific topics we are interested in, but not confined to:

  • Focus on data driven change and engagement
  • How to increase procurement of renewable energy
  • Large scale solar installations
  • Specific campus energy plans and the implementation of those plans
  • How campuses are addressing carbon neutrality goals
    • How these energy projects are being implemented
  • Emerging technologies
  • Energy storage

For more information on application instructions, presentation styles, and the review process, please visit our overall call for proposals page.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposal evaluation criteria, the speaker selection guidelines, and with consideration of the areas of interest above. You may also find it helpful to see what topics we covered at our last conference on our 2019 Concurrent Sessions page. Please click “Energy” on the left hand side of the screen to see the energy related sessions at last year’s conference.

Please also consider applying for a best practice award in renewable energy, energy efficiency at the building level, energy efficiency at the campus level, overall sustainable design (new construction and major renovations), or one of our other categories this year.  Several new award categories have been added! Please note that overall sustainable design projects must be completed by the time of submission but can have been completed in the past five years.  In all other award categories, projects must have been completed in the past two years and must be complete. You can learn more at our overall best practice awards program page and on the page highlighting the updated award categories.  You may apply for both a best practice award as well as the call for proposals for speaking. Some of the questions are intentionally the same to allow for some of the answers to be copied and pasted from the call for proposals for speaking.  Different committees review the call for proposals for speaking and the best practice awards and so it is important to apply for both if you want to be considered for both.