Reducing Embodied Carbon in Building Materials: How Local Governments Can Help

The purpose of this session is three-fold: To educate attendees about what embodied carbon is and how it's different from operational carbon. To discuss why reducing it is significant for global warming mitigation. And third, to describe the programs and policies local governments are considering to spur embodied carbon reduction. You will hear from experts about best practices to measure and reduce embodied carbon in common construction materials. You will learn how municipalities like Seattle and others are using these resources to implement internal and city-wide initiatives. You will be introduced to ideas that can be used as a template for other local and regional governments to use in their efforts.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Harbor III

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1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)

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AICP (American Planning Association) 1.0 hour

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how embodied carbon is different from operational carbon
  • Evaluate whether a project has significant embodied carbon content based on the materials used
  • Compare programs from presenting municipalities that can be used as templates in your own jurisdiction
  • Connect with resources and networks of experts in embodied carbon for ongoing discussion and assistance

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