Road to a Sustainable Energy Supply

Ecosystem engineer Jean-Philippe Drouin-Bouffard will be moderating a panel discussion, Road to a Sustainable Energy Supply, at the annual APPA conference on July 22nd. This international conference identifies challenges in educational facilities management and brings together leaders from around the world to share best practices and insights.

Panel discussion:

Road to a Sustainable Energy Supply:
How Steam-to-Hot-Water Conversion and Other Transformational Changes Lead the Way
July 22nd, 2017


More and more educational facilities across North America are committing to drastic reductions in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, with targets ranging from 30% in the short term (5-10 years) to a completely sustainable energy portfolio in the long term (2050). Despite the emergence of some renewables solutions, like solar PV for instance, all campuses still rely heavily on fossil fuels to provide heating. What are the possible solutions to free them from this fossil fuel dependence?

This panel of experts from universities at the leading edge of innovation will share their insights on how major changes on their campuses can achieve drastic energy and GHG emission reduction, focusing on extensive heating and cooling network reengineering. They will discuss the demonstrated and potential impact of steam to hot water conversion, super-efficient heating technologies, district energy networks, energy storage, and other transformational changes and technologies.

Such an approach often seems too big to tackle but, with proper planning, sourcing, and collaboration throughout implementation, can lead to impressive results. Each panelist comes from institutions dealing with different climate conditions, energy rate structures, and financial incentives programs, which will make this panel discussion relevant to a large audience from all corners of North America.

Stanford University’s highly acclaimed SESI (Stanford Energy System Innovations) project highlights a massive steam to hot water conversion of their campus heating system and the integration of super-efficient heat recovery chillers which cut greenhouse gas emissions 68 percent and fossil fuel on-site consumption by 65 percent. Other panelists, just as dedicated to reach a sustainable energy portfolio, will talk about their own experiences, at whatever stage they are in their process.

Learning outcomes:

After attending this panel, the participants will be able:

  1. Understand the main drawbacks to conventional steam and other heating systems
  2. Understand the main transformational solutions available to set a path toward a sustainable thermal energy supply, and their impact on energy and GHG emissions reduction
  3. Understand how to implement these transformational solutions by adopting a holistic approach to your campus
  4. Understand the various external factors (energy rate structure, climate, financial incentives programs) that influence the feasibility of such a project


Denis Mondou ing MBA, C.E.M
Director, Utilities and Energy Management and Macdonald Campus Operations, McGill University

Fahmida Ahmed
Director of Sustainability, Stanford University, California

Joshua Morejohn, PE, CEM
Energy Manager, Energy conservation office, Facilities Management, UC Davis

Richard Francki
Assistant Vice-President, Campus Services and Business Operations, York University, Toronto, Ontario


Jean-Philippe Drouin-Bouffard
Project Engineer, AEE 2016 Young Energy Engineer of the Year, Ecosystem