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John Elliott, LBNL Chief Sustainability Officer: Lessons Learned from UC Merced

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Published on Jun 15, 2012

June 7, 2012. Achieving a Triple Zero Commitment to Zero Net Energy, Zero Landfill Waste, and Zero Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2020.

John will highlight his involvement in sustainability
efforts at UC Merced, particularly with respect to its Triple Zero
Commitment to zero net energy, zero landfill waste, and climate
neutrality by 2020. From a technical perspective, the campus zero net
energy strategy relies primarily on energy efficiency, solar energy,
and plasma gasification, along with various smart grid strategies.
Zero waste efforts currently emphasize composting and control of
purchasing to simplify recycling efforts. Climate neutrality efforts
include plans for greater involvement in energy procurement. The
campus approach generally involves emphasis of a "living laboratory"
to leverage sustainability goals in support of the core research and
teaching mission of the university.

BIO: John is the new Chief Sustainability Officer at Berkeley Lab. He
was previously Director, Energy and Sustainability at UC Merced where
he was responsible for shaping and implementing the campus
sustainability strategy. He was involved in new construction,
operations, and planning. He also managed use of a campus-wide
building energy management system as a "living laboratory" in order to
facilitate operations, performance monitoring, and research. John has
previous experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency
consulting, as well as energy software. John received a BS in civil
and environmental engineering from Stanford University and a masters
degree from the Energy and Resources Program at UC Berkeley.

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