Greenhouse Gas Accounting - Interactive Live Webinar

A growing trend towards greenhouse gas reporting and regulation has prompted the need for a new skill set for engineering firms, consultants, corporations, and auditors. As evidenced by Executive Order 13514, requiring Federal Agencies to reduce GHG emissions, the EPA’s Mandatory GHG Reporting Rule for industry, the SEC’s climate change disclosure guidance, AASHE for universities and numerous sustainability reporting initiatives such as ICLEI, a large pool of specialists is needed to manage these processes.

Course Logistics

• Dates Offered: Thursday, May 19th or May 26th, 2011 - choose either one
• Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT - Eastern Daylight Tme
• The class takes a short break each hour, usually at the top of the hour
• Registration fee: $95.00 per participant
• Non Profit and Student discount rate: $65.00 Call to opt in.
• Location
Continuing Education Credits
CEUs : 0.4
PDHs : 4.0

Course Description
In the context of national and international greenhouse gas regulations and trends, this course focuses on how to measure, manage and report GHG emissions in conformance with widely accepted international standards - The Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard and
ISO 14064-1. By the end of the course attendees should have the skills necessary to create a GHG inventory, and have an understanding of the various regional and national GHG policy and program drivers.

Course Format

Participants join the instructors for a half day workshop using WebEx, a conferencing platform, straight from their desktop. The WebEx platform allows participants to interact with the instructors and the group in real time. Students can see the teacher and the materials side by side, and can also toggle back and forth between the two according to preference. The audience is invited to pose questions during the class, or present specific situations via email ahead of class, to encourage discussion of real-life footprinting scenarios.

Course participants are sent a link to a 400 page .pdf file containing the power points, exercises, conversion tables, GHG Inventory examples as well as many useful reference materials. Students who wish to obtain a Certificate of Completion need to pass an assessment test located online. Students seeking a Certificate are sent a login and password and can complete the assessment at their convenience, before June 30th, 2011.

Key Concepts Covered

• Industry standards and protocols
• Planning a GHG inventory
• Creating a GHG inventory
• Preparing for third-party verification
• Identifying GHG risks and opportunities

Who should participate?
This course is geared towards individuals interested in GHG management, especially sustainability officers, environmental consultants, and government officials. For instance, an entity asks an engineering consulting firm to help reduce its GHG emissions by calculating its carbon footprint and developing mitigation strategies. This course will give learners the tools needed to address these kinds of scenarios.

Technical Requirements

• Internet connection – DSL or higher
• Desktop / laptop – Windows, Mac, Linux, or Solaris.
• Software – Browser type can be IE, FireFox, Mozzila, Chrome, Silverlight etc.
• Conferencing platform – WebEx, a web-based service you can use from any computer. There's no installation required, you simply click on an email invite link, and join the class.
• Audio – A regular phone connection, or a standard headset and speakers.

Who has taken this course?
Over 200 individuals have taken this course over the last 18 months, with occupations ranging from engineers & architects, various consulting firms, and state and public sector employees. Among the participants were: HDR Engineering, PBS&J, Waste Management, CDM, Walt Disney, United Space Alliance, University of South Florida, Golder Associates, Florida Power and Light, WRScompass, Shell Engineering, AirQuest Environmental, Georgia Pacific, R.W. Beck, Brown and Caldwell, and Public Works officials from Hillsborough, Orange and Palm Beach County, among others.

Course Instructors
MMark van Soestbergen President, International Carbon Bank and Exchange, Inc.
  Mark van Soestbergen, in conjunction with CarbonSolutions, is the course developer and instructor.

Mr. van Soestbergen has been in the greenhouse gas arena for 20 years. He started in 1990 by designing Carbon Zero Fuel strategies for a major Japanese oil company, and funded tree planting in Asia by selling ‘eco-car’ stickers to offset vehicle emissions. He has since worked on database solutions to track emission activities in large organizations and facilitated one of the first international transactions of verified emission reductions.

Mark is a nationally recognized lecturer on climate change adaptation strategies, provides carbon footprint training for members of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and served as a co-chair at EPA's 16th and 17th Annual International Emissions Inventory Conference.
TTony Mullersman Associate, CarbonSolutions
tony   Tony Mullersman began working for CarbonSolutions in 2008, where he has focused on the evolving carbon markets, the policies and regulations driving these markets.

Mr. Mullersman has broad knowledge of the carbon space, specializing in carbon management and project development. He has experience in project finance, environmental markets, corporate strategy, emissions trading, and renewable energy sales. -- In his day-to-day activities Tony consults entities on corporate sustainability, in particular how carbon finance and EE/RE financing mechanisms can align their interests with national and international climate change and energy policy.

Mr. Mullersman has a Master’s Degree from the Hough Graduate Business School at the University of Florida and is an accredited Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantifier.

Coordinator: Tony Mullersman
mobile: (352) 281-5441
(352) 367-1144

Course Outline