Energy Education

By on Jul 14, 2019 in Energy, News

Yardi didn’t have to venture far recently to share sustainability expertise with an audience eager for innovative energy efficiency ideas. The company provided top-level sponsorship plus an exhibit and speaker for the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC), a forum for research and case studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, just a few miles from its headquarters.

The four-day gathering included more than 700 California higher education professionals including sustainability coordinators, construction, energy and environmental managers, engineers and facilities directors along with faculty and students. Experts from Yardi shared how the Yardi Pulse Suite, an integrated set of software solutions, supports sustainability efforts by helping reduce energy costs and consumption across all property types. They provided examples of the company’s success in helping property owners benchmark to ENERGY STAR® and make energy efficiency investments, and shared how Yardi promotes energy efficiency and sustainability through webinars, articles in trade publications, educational sessions at industry conferences and other activities.

CHESC attendees learned that Yardi further displayed its sustainability sensibilities by achieving ENERGY STAR certification for its headquarters in 2018 and installing a real-time online dashboard that shows consumption data for each building at the corporate campus.

In April 2019, the company’s initiatives earned designation as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.

“It is our hope that tools like ours will continue to help property owners and managers be more successful with energy initiatives and comply with new mandates like the California 2030 Green Building Goals,” Lexi Beausoleil, marketing campaigns specialist for Yardi energy solutions, told the conference, adding that technology can be a powerful tool for engaging people to “see the impact of their behaviors and empower them to make better choices.”

Other presenters at the conference’s opening session included Dominique Hargreaves, deputy chief sustainability officer for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and David Lea, a professor at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. They discussed Los Angeles’ “Green New Deal,” a sustainability plan for making the city carbon-neutral by 2050.

This was Yardi’s third year of Silver sponsorship for CHESC, a coalition of public and private colleges and universities.

Read more about CHESC and its role in promoting sustainability dialogue.