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NBI Webinar: Decarbonizing School Buildings – The Building Electrification Technology Roadmap (BETR) for Schools

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT


Join us to learn about the Building Electrification Technology Roadmap (BETR) for K-12 Schools and hear a California school district’s firsthand experience with electrification. Incorporating electrification upgrades into K-12 project plans, budgets, and possible school bonds requires planning and a clear picture of potential costs and challenges. BETR for Schools provides high-level guidance for schools and districts that may be considering system and equipment upgrades in educational facilities.

BETR for K-12 Schools summarizes a comprehensive set of electrification technologies that can replace traditional fuel-fired equipment and includes information about typical upfront and operational costs. With information about installation challenges, maintenance difficulty, indoor air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, participants will leave more informed about common electrification options, especially for space and water heating.  

Panelists include:

Rhys M. M. Davis, Technical Consultant, Resource Refocus LLC.
Before joining Resource Refocus, Rhys worked as a graduate researcher for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) Building Electrification & Energy Efficiency R&D team, where he led an investigation into the barriers to and impacts of decarbonizing all existing multifamily buildings in SMUD territory, and helped develop a forecasting model for future carbon emission savings from all of SMUD’s distributed energy resource programs.


Chamberlain Segrest, Sacramento City Unified School District
Chamberlain has over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of sustainability and education. She is currently the Environmental Sustainability Manager for Sacramento City Unified School District, where she develops and implements District-wide sustainability planning for green buildings, climate and energy, waste and composting, healthy eating, outdoor learning, water conservation, and student engagement.


Reilly Loveland Falvey, Associate Director, New Buildings Institute (NBI)
Reilly supports the project management team on various projects including the Prop 39 Zero Net Energy School Retrofit work in California, as well as other K-12 schools related work. The program’s focus is on drastic energy reduction via zero net energy retrofits and vigorous occupant engagement programs. Reilly also designs and develops NBI workshops, public engagement materials, and other technical and market transformation resources. Prior to joining NBI she worked for the Integrated Design Lab and Washington Green Schools doing research and energy analysis, developing and maintaining databases, as well as designing energy focused curriculum for K-12 schools.   


Shannon Oliver, Senior Project Manager, New Buildings Institute
Shannon’s work focuses on energy efficiency and decarbonization in schools. He has extensive experience in operational and facility sustainability programs, including seven years with the Adams 12 School District in north Denver, Colorado, as their energy and sustainability manager. Shannon has experience with energy performance contracting, net zero building design, greenhouse gas inventories, water conservation, and waste management and reduction.  


Mischa Egolf, Technical Associate, New Buildings Institute
Mischa is part of NBI’s Building Innovation team. She applies her engineering background to conduct data analysis, create data visualizations, and complete technical research for NBI projects and Initiatives. Through building science expertise, Mischa quantifies the energy, cost, and carbon impacts of energy efficiency and decarbonization measures in both the residential and commercial sector.