Bill Updike to Present at 2018 AASHE Conference

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is hosting the 2018 2018 AASHE Conference and Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.  This four-day event is focusing on Global Goals: Rising to the Challenge.  As the biggest event of its kind, this conference is dedicated to enhancing leadership and advanced sustainability in the higher education sector. The event provides a platform for individuals in the green industry to collaborate and discuss innovative methods and research to elevate sustainability efforts at the college and university level.

Integral Group is pleased to be represented by Washington DC Principal, Bill Updike, as a presenter in the session:

Step Changes in Climate Action: Data-Driven Plans to Decarbonize Campus Energy Systems

Session F | Room: 405 – Energy | Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 9:15am- 10:15am

Answering the call to address the climate crisis is one of the central themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Colleges and universities have been working to deploy energy efficient, net zero energy, and Living Building Challenge buildings on their campuses for a number of years to help meet their greenhouse gas reduction goals. However, many are now looking to develop date specific and dynamic decarbonization plans that examine how a campus can achieve fossil-fuel freedom through the total transformation of their energy systems. This effort to move towards real-time data-driven decision-making marks a cutting-edge development in energy planning on campuses.

In this session, Dano Weisbord from Smith College and Laura Draucker from Amherst College will discuss the reasons behind their pursuit of holistic energy system transformations to achieve carbon neutrality, and how they both partnered with Integral Group to develop an innovative plan to meet our goals. They will also speak to how the plans are currently being implemented on their campuses, and their efforts to infuse the results of the decarbonization planning efforts into the curriculum on campus and into individual behavioral decisions by faculty, staff and students.

Our session will guide the audience through the process of decision-making and planning for real-time and data-driven carbon positive colleges and universities and will help to set audience members on their own path towards co


  • Laura Draucker, Director of Sustainability | Amherst College
  • Dano Weisbord, Director of Sustainability and Campus Planning | Amherst College
  • Bill Updike, Principal | Integral Group

For more information and to register for this event visit 2018 AASHE Conference and Expo.

Date(s): October 4, 2018

Time: 9:15am- 10:15am

Speaker: Bill Updike, Principal