Upcoming Events:

ACCO 2016 Integrated Renewables Workshop

Chicago, IL

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 — Thursday, September 8, 2016

CRS is a supporting organization of the Association of Climate Change Officers’ (ACCO’s) 2016 Integrated Renewables Workshop, held September 7–8th in Chicago. This interactive program will enable attendees to learn from leading practitioners with experience guiding renewables projects from start to finish at their organizations. The program will be comprised of training activities, interactive exercises, hands-on learning opportunities for successfully navigating the intricacies of renewable energy projects, and case studies from different industries illustrating strategies for addressing challenges and opportunities related to establishing a comprehensive renewables strategy. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of the renewables marketplace, and a plan for engaging the right stakeholders to integrate cutting edge initiatives into the energy strategies of their organizations. Learn more at www.accoonline.org/renewables/.

Renewable Energy Markets 2016

Parc 55 hotel, San Francisco

Sunday, October 16, 2016 — Tuesday, October 18, 2016

For over 20 years, the annual Renewable Energy Markets (REM) conference has been the leading forum for the clean energy marketplace. Attracting participants from around the globe who share an interest in and commitment to promoting clean energy, REM remains the only conference of its kind focusing on national and international markets for renewable energy. Organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this annual meeting of clean energy stakeholders includes generators, marketers, utility representatives, purchasers, policymakers, and regional stakeholders, and sets the agenda for the year to come. Join us this year in San Francisco from October 16–18, 2016 at the Parc 55 hotel.

Past Events:

Solar Energy on Campus:
Opportunities and common pitfalls in communicating renewable energy use in higher education

Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11:00AM PT

As universities and colleges nationwide green their electricity with solar through onsite generation, power purchase agreements (PPAs), and renewable energy certificate (REC) purchases, these institutions must be clear and accurate in their claims to avoid reputational and legal risk. Understanding the implications of various purchasing options is central to ensuring that desired solar energy claims will be supported by your purchase. Join representatives from Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in a free webinar to discuss:

  • The role of RECs in renewable energy claims
  • Acceptable language for making accurate claims
  • The advantages and risks of solar purchasing options including onsite generation, PPAs, and REC purchases
  • Specific approved claims for each solar purchasing option
  • Decoding environmental attribute ownership within solar PPAs
  • REC arbitrage done right
  • Additional considerations, including state incentives, operating within cap-and-trade programs, and state laws

This webinar is aimed at sustainability professionals in higher education, including energy and sustainability managers.

Maya Kelty, Green-e Associate, CRS
Jenny Heeter, Senior Energy Analyst, NREL

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GreenerBuilder 2016

Zero Net Energy Center, 14600 Catalina St. San Leandro, CA 94577

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Greenerbuilder 2016
GreenerBuilder 2016 gathers hundreds of Northern California trade professionals to learn about key trends in the green building market; to hear what owners and developers are looking for; and to make important connections with fellow industry leaders. The daylong conference delivers what you need to be at the forefront of greening the built environment. Greenerbuilder 2016 is administered by USGBC Northern California.

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Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council’s 2016 Summit

Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 — Thursday, May 26, 2016

Center for Resource Solutions is pleased to be an official Partner of SPLC’s 2016 Summit. The Summit brings together 300+ leading procurement and sustainability professionals, suppliers, and NGO experts from diverse sectors and regions to share, simplify, and spread the best sustainable purchasing practices across the whole economy. We encourage you to join us for two days of inspiring conversations, workshops, and presentations that will give you innovative and actionable ideas you can apply in your own organization. Save 10% with our special partner discount code CRS2016. Save even more when you register before the Early Bird Deadline: April 1st!

Introduction to Green-e Climate

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Intro to Green-e Climate

Since 2008, Green-e Climate has served a crucial role in international over-the-counter (OTC) markets for carbon offsets. By providing critical oversight over the chain of custody of retail offsets from project to consumer, Green-e Climate ensures transparency and accuracy throughout the transaction. Join Green-e Climate staff in a free webinar to learn more about the largest international certification program for carbon offsets sold in the retail market, including:

  • What carbon offsets are, where they come from and how they’re used
  • What is included in Green-e Climate certification
  • How organizations match their emissions with carbon offsets
  • The role of Endorsed Programs and other project-level certifications
  • The marketing benefits to organizations of reducing and reporting their carbon footprints

This webinar is archived. You can watch the video and view the presentation.

2016 Energy Solutions Conference


Wednesday, March 23, 2016 — Thursday, March 24, 2016

CRS Executive Director Jennifer Martin will be speaking at the 2016 Energy Solutions Conference—a virtual simulcasted event available via computer or mobile device. The on-site event is taking place alongside an Energy Expo. Conference registration is available at conference.energysmartplanning.org.

Introduction to Green-e Marketplace for Businesses and Products

Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM

This introduction to Green-e’s certification program for businesses and products will give an overview of how organizations of all sizes can promote their environmental sustainability through participation in Green-e—North America’s largest certification program for renewable energy. This free webinar will explain:

  • Why companies choose to go green with clean energy
  • The basics of renewable energy purchasing by businesses
  • How organizations using 100% renewable energy can certify themselves and their products through Green-e
  • Expanded marketing and promotional benefits and new sales tools offered to Green-e participants
  • How environmental sustainability through clean energy use can boost sales and appeal to customers who prefer products with better environmental performance

This presentation has been archived. You can Watch the Video or View the Presentation.

2016 National Renewable Energy Policy Forum

Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 — Thursday, March 17, 2016

CRS is a supporting organization for the 2016 ACORE National Renewable Energy Policy Forum: Driving Growth in a New Policy Landscape. This year’s Renewable Energy Policy Forum takes place as seismic developments in national and global policies are reshaping the renewable energy marketplace. Register online at 2016 National Renewable Energy Policy Forum To receive a special CRS-only 20% discount, enter discount code SPT20CR at registration.

Green Power Leadership Awards Webinar: A Review of 2016 Categories, Eligibility, Criteria, and the Application Process

Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 12:00 PM

2016 GPLA

The 2016 Green Power Leadership Awards application period opens on March 1st and will close on April 18. EPA co-sponsors the Awards in conjunction with the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). The awards recognize leading organizations that have helped further the green power market through their green power procurement, innovation, overall green power strategy, and impact on the green power market. To learn more about the Green Power Leadership Awards, visit the GPLA Website.

In this webinar, EPA and CRS will provide information related to eligibility, evaluation criteria, and application content for each of the award categories, as well as answer questions.

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Houston Renewable Energy Network Breakfast Forum

Wells Fargo Building Auditorium (1st floor) 1000 Louisiana Street Houston, TX 77002

Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Please join the Houston Renewable Energy Network for a breakfast forum on “Center for Resource Solutions and Green-e Certification: The next step for voluntary renewable energy projects and products” on Thursday, March 3, 2016. To RSVP for this event, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to register.

The Center for Resource Solutions’ Director of Strategic Partnerships Chip Wood and Green-e Analyst and Partnerships Specialist Sarah Busch will introduce you to their organization, how it serves the voluntary renewable energy market, its certification options for buyers and sellers of all kinds of renewable energy, how they track renewable energy certificates in the transaction process, and best practices for making solar claims to consumers. The Center for Resource Solutions is a nonprofit that administers the Green-e certification program for renewable energy and carbon offset products.

In addition, Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Christopher Bell will provide a brief update on the status of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan rule and related litigation.

A complimentary networking breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the presentation to follow at 8:00 a.m. in the auditorium at the Wells Fargo Building on 1000 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas. In addition to metered street parking spots that may be open, valet parking is available for a fee in the building’s garage located on the corner of Lamar and Louisiana.

The program will conclude at 9:00 a.m., and there is no cost to attend the event.

The Houston Renewable Energy Network promotes awareness and education of renewable energy technologies and markets among energy professionals in the Greater Houston area and serves as a networking organization for those with commercial and/or career interests in the Renewable Energy space. The network hosts periodic speaking events that are open to the public.

Net Positive Energy + Water Conference

Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA

Thursday, February 18, 2016 — Friday, February 19, 2016

CRS is a supporting organization of the International Living Future Institute’s third annual Net Positive Energy + Water Conference. Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water buildings have rapidly captured the public imagination, and are transforming expectations for the pace of change in the built environment. The Living Building Challenge™ expands Net Zero concepts in ways that look far into the future, consider the endgame and shape our efforts to create productive, thriving communities. The Net Positive Energy + Water Conference will address these issues and share the latest in zero energy and water ideas, technologies and applications—all presented by a select group of leading experts from around the world. Register online at www.netpositiveconference.org.