Empowering Sustainable Schools with Clean Energy

It’s going to be an exciting day of networking and presentations featuring inspiring speakers and stimulating content, like Paul Tough (Fullerton keynote), author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.

Put Your Energy Plans into Action

You’re invited! Join us for a full day of innovative energy management and sustainability strategies for K-14 schools and higher education institutions. This is no ordinary industry gathering. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from and connect with many of California’s top policy makers, futurists, educators and fi nancial experts to get an exclusive look at how your district or college can maximize resource allocation, save money on utility bills, and enhance STEM education for your students.

  • Hear from school administrators from across the state, who will share how they are putting their energy plans into action with sustainable solutions like solar and energy efficiency enhancements.
  • Learn how districts are taking advantage of bond programs and competitive financing options to take their energy management to the next level.
  • See how schools are partnering with energy industry experts to ensure students are prepared for future careers in STEM fields.
Event Details

May 20
CSU Fullerton
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Steven G. Mihaylo Hall
Scott O'Brien Room (3230)
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831

Free parking will be available at the Eastside Parking Structure.

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Time Session Description Speaker/Moderator
7:30 - 8:15 AM Registration, Breakfast, and Welcome
8:15 - 9:00 AM Opening Keynote: The Courage to Innovate Kevin Gordon will discuss the tendency of K-12 leaders to delay innovation because of the very real political variables that are unique to school agencies. The high stakes and transparent political reality that district administrators live with results in risk taking only when other key variables are present. Kevin will discuss the economic, fiscal and political variables that exist right now that make innovation more possible today than it has been in a very long time. Kevin will highlight the opportunities that are available in the energy conservation and renewables space today and our prognosis for the future. Kevin Gordon, President, Capitol Advisors Group
9:00 - 9:30 AM Policy Crystal Ball Policy plays an important role in helping schools meet the energy challenges that lie ahead. Panelists will discuss market trends, policy shifts, and the work that needs to be done to pave the way for success. Moderator: Nancy Skinner, Senior Policy Fellow, UC Davis Energy & Transportation Cluster
Jack O’Connell, Partner, Capitol Advisors Group
Joe Dixon, Immediate Past Chair, CASH
9:30 - 9:45 AM Break
9:45 - 10:30 AM Financing Projects How can your school take advantage of low-cost financing to put your energy master plan and solar project into action? What are the advantages of different funding mechanisms, such as PPAs, GO Bonds, Prop 39, and CREBS? Lance will discuss the logic behind their choices and answer questions from the audience. Lance Holman, President and CEO, Holman Capital
10:30 - 11:15 PM Complete Energy Solutions Learn how Escondido UHSD and CSU Fullerton are taking their energy master plans to the next level by pairing energy conservation initiatives and solar photovoltaics with the latest innovations in battery storage, demand management, monitoring. Also learn about the latest innovations in zero- and low-emission buses. Mike Simonson, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Escondido Union High School District
Matthew Pagano, Energy & Utilities Manager, CSU Fullerton
Daniel Huang, Chief Operating Officer, First Priority GreenFleet
11:15 - 11:45 PM Partnering with Energy Consultants Why is it beneficial to work with an energy consultant? When is it best to engage a consultant and what are some of the best practices to ensure ROI? Russell will discuss what you can expect when working with a consultant for solar services, energy efficiency and strategic management of your school’s energy project and how you can ensure impartial guidance and maximum success. Russell Driver, Principal, ARC Alternatives
11:45 - 12:45 PM Lunch
12:45 - 1:15 PM STEM and Work-Based Learning in Action With the advent of Linked Learning, Career Pathways Trust Grants, there is a growing need for meaningful, strategic partnerships between K-12 and the industry sector. Hear how STEM and work-based learning programs are making a positive impact on the lives of teachers and students, and learn how your district can access these partnerships and programs. Moderator: Gabe Soumakian, Founder, Sup Du Jour Consulting Group
Don Isbell, Director, Career Technical Education, Santa Ana Unified School District
Kim Terry, STEM Coordinator, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
Ellen Lomonico, Education Fellow, SunPower Horizons™, SunPower Corp.
1:15 - 2:15 PM Closing Keynote: Rethinking Education How Children Succeed
Paul Tough challenges our culture’s belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores, is the sole indicator of value in our education system. In How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character, he ushers in a tidal change in thinking and argues that non-cognitive skills are better indicators of success. A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, Paul Tough is also the author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America, which focuses on the steps necessary to improve the lives and education of underserved children. Tough will share his thoughts on what’s needed to prepare students today for 21st century challenges and discuss his vision for the education system of the future.
Paul Tough
2:15 - 2:30 PM Closing Remarks & Raffle Enter for a chance to win solar charging kits for students/teachers, solar lanterns and more!
2:30 - 5:00 PM Social Mixer Join us for a social mixer and happy hour where you can continue to interact and network with the State's top educators, policy makers, and innovators in education. Attendees will also have the opportunity to take a short ride on a GreenFleet zero-emissions bus and learn about the latest advancements in clean transportation.