Decarbonization: Getting Maximum Value

When:  Sep 15, 2021 from 14:00 to 15:00 (ET)

Sponsored by Ecosystem

Campuses across North America have adopted ambitious carbon neutrality goals. But these ambitious targets cannot be achieved without expense. How can you limit your costs of going carbon neutral, especially since decarbonization initiatives cross operational and organization boundaries?

Two leaders from Vassar College and Lehigh University, who have spearheaded decarbonization programs on their campuses, will join Ecosystem Energy Services in conversation. They will explore potential technical solutions, procurement approaches, and budget considerations, sharing ways to control costs and get the most value throughout this complex undertaking.


William (Bill) Peabody
Executive Director of Facilities Operations
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

William (Bill) Peabody is the Executive Director of Facilities Operations at Vassar College. A trained mechanical engineer, Bill’s past experience spans Yale University/School of Management, The Hotchkiss School, Connecticut College, and The Dexter Corporation. He has worked on a global scale, overseeing capital projects in the United States, United Kingdom and China.

Bill’s extensive scope of responsibilities have included a new 240,000 GSF academic and teaching conference center, a 1000-acre campus, a 2.4 million square foot facility, and a $45 million operating budget. He has directed key operational functions including facilities maintenance and repairs, capital projects, emergency planning, safety and security, asset management, energy management and sustainable initiatives, and regulatory compliance.

Bill has been recognized for key accomplishments including creation of innovative business models, streamlining and re-engineering of workflows and processes, lean operations, goal setting and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), change management, and continuous quality improvement initiatives. He has directed large capital improvement projects valued in the millions of dollars.

Bill’s greatest asset is his ability to coach, mentor and develop high performance teams, facilitate cross-functional teams and support for shared goals, while contributing to the vision, values and mission of the institution.

Brent Stringfellow
Associate VP of Facilities & University Architect
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Brent Stringfellow is the Associate VP of Facilities & University Architect at Lehigh University. Prior to joining Lehigh, Brent spent 20 years in private practice with award-winning firms in New York and Boston with a focus on institutional and academic projects. In his role at Lehigh, much of his current focus is on implementation of capital projects that support the university‚ growth in student body, and the establishment of the new College of Health. In addition to his work in practice, Brent has taught at Smith College, City College of New York, Pratt Institute, and Lehigh University. Brent received the BA in Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania and the MArch from Harvard University‚ Graduate School of Design.

Jean-Philippe (JP) Drouin
Director of Project Development
Ecosystem Energy Services, New York, NY

Jean-Philippe (JP) Drouin is the Director of Project Development at Ecosystem Energy Services, an integrated engineering-construction firm focused on modernizing energy infrastructure with guaranteed results. At Ecosystem, JP helps stakeholders develop and implement their energy vision by reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions, facilitating operation and maintenance, renewing assets, or improving occupant comfort. As an engineer, he is passionate about finding creative and impactful solutions for complex energy ecosystems that deliver the best possible results. He offers deep experience with district energy networks, steam to hot water conversions, and heat recovery applications for higher education, as well as life sciences, healthcare, K-12 school districts. Current clients include Brown University, Tufts University, Vassar College, and Harvard University.