Reversing Global Warming through Material Specification
Explore practical strategies for prioritizing embodied carbon when selecting products and materials.
The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building's carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2030, almost 75% of the carbon footprint of that 900 B ft2 will be embodied carbon, NOT operational emissions. Building products can reduce their carbon footprint and even become carbon sinks that help remove excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
This session will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making buildings part of the solution instead of less of the problem.
Learning from experts in climate-friendly design, construction, and product manufacturing, participants will be empowered to ensure that their daily work contributes to creating a balanced climate.
- Explain the importance of addressing embodied carbon in building products and how it relates to global warming
- Identify tools that can help to measure and compare the carbon footprint of different products
- Share best practices for considering embodied carbon in specifications
- Identify gap opportunities for carbon footprint disclosure advocacy
Lisa Conway, VP Sustainability, Americas, Interface.
Lisa Conway is the VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface – the global flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. She and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. They’re also responsible for driving higher levels of transparency and embodied carbon prioritization in specifications for the building industry as well as training internal associates and external stakeholders on the interconnectedness of environmental sustainability and human health. Lisa serves on the Sustainable Advisory Board for Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business, is one of “CoreNet’s 36 Under 36”, and founded the materials Carbon Action Network (materialsCAN).
(Joining Remotely:) Stacy Smedley, Director of Sustainability, Skanska USA Building
Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, and 15 years in the architecture and construction professions. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington State as well as the first project in the world to be certified under Living Building Version 2.0 standards. At Skanska, Stacy leads sustainable initiatives and opportunities, and is considered a subject matter expert in LEED and Living Building Challenge certifications, with a passion for reducing materials toxicity and carbon emissions associated with construction. She is the co-creator of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3), an industry wide, open source tool for quantifying and reducing the carbon of building materials. Stacy is committed to educating and engaging the AEC community on sustainable design and construction, and has served in various advisory and leadership roles, including: Chair of the Washington Businesses for Climate Action; Advisory Board Member for the University of Washington Carbon Leadership Forum; Construction Taskforce Chair for the Embodied Carbon Network; Founding member of the Materials Carbon Action Network; Advisory Group Member for AIA Materials Working Group; Membership Chair for Cascadia Green Building Council; and Emerging Professional Regional Chair for USGBC. She is an experienced speaker, and a 2012 Living Building Challenge Hero.
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hours & 1 AIA/CES LU.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
5:30 - 6:15 - Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm - Formal Presentation
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114
Free for USGBC-MGC, IIDA, and CSI Members and Full-time Students
$20 for Non-Members
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