Senior Environmental Scientist Barr Engineering Co Minneapolis, Minnesota
Presentation Description: Sustainability metrics are a means to evaluate and certify renewable energy infrastructure projects including wind, solar and battery storage. Just as buildings can be evaluated and receive green building certification such as LEED, more tools and processes are available to evaluate infrastructure including renewable energy projects. As more projects are constructed, companies will increasingly be evaluated not only in terms of the quantity and efficiency of power they produce, but also in terms of their impact on communities, land-use, water management, carbon reduction, and re-use or recycling of materials. We present data from case studies of several wind and solar sites. We also present information regarding the pros and cons of these tools – what has worked and what needs improvement. Finally, we discuss how companies can communicate the results of these evaluations and garner maximum value from the process of certification.
Methodology: I would prefer a more interactive presentation. I can include breakout sessions with more small group discussion. I am prepared to provide that as an option.
Upon completion, participants will have an understanding and be able to describe a process to evaluate renewable energy projects in terms of carbon reduction, water use, land management and re-use/recycling.
Upon completion, participants will be able to ask questions about infrastructure projects that look at cradle to grave or life cycle analysis. In so doing, they will think about and evaluate these projects more wholistically and not only in terms of the renewable energy produced.