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Strategies for achieving zero carbon emissions in the built environment

Lester Brown has been called “one of the great pioneer environmentalists” and one of Marquis Who’s Who “50 Great Americans”. Earning his master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Maryland in 1959, he went on to pioneer the concept of sustainable development. During his distinguished career, he was presented with the 1987 United Nations Environment Prize, the 1989 World Wide Fund for Nature Gold Medal, and the 1994 Blue Planet Prize for his “contributions to solving global environmental problems.”

Our built environment is a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To meet the climate-emergency head on we must immediately set on a path to design and construct carbon neutral buildings and transform our urban environments on a regional level. This session will discuss specific strategies for achieving carbon neutrality at many scales, from renovating existing structures, to creating new communities and developing policies, plans, and projects that help to future-proof cities and achieve climate change-related goals at systems scales.

Moderator

Evelyn Dougherty, Honorary Affiliate AIAMI, Operations and Events Director AIA Michigan

Speakers

  • Jan Culbertson FAIA, LEED AP, A3C Collaborative Architecture, Chair Ann Arbor 2030 District
  • Doug Selby, Co-Founder of Meadowlark Design+Build
  • Matthew Grocoff, Esq., LFA, LEED-GA Principal, THRIVE Collaborative
  • Katrina Kelly-Pitou, PhD, Economist & Energy Systems Strategist, SmithGroup

Outcomes

  • Learn how to implement the Zero Code and immediate strategies to achieve embodied reductions in the built environment.
  • Understand NZEB design and Living Building Challenge Criteria and their application to both single buildings and a community.
  • Identify projects, infrastructure systems, and strategies that address both adaptation and mitigation as part of systems-thinking. Solutions that connect the dots between national and local goals and operational excellence.

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