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Tuesday, April 30 • 8:00am - 5:00pm
Summit for a Carbon-Free Future

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Cost: Member: $270   Non-member: $300


In 2015 the Paris Agreement forged a world-wide consensus on an ambitious but achievable target: limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Since then, IPCC scientists, local governments and businesses of all scales have grappled with the paths to a carbon-free future, but one thing is clear: the building industry must radically accelerate ACTION starting now.

This summit brings together the vanguard that is enacting solutions for carbon-free building operations and materials. Leading voices from the industry will open the day by identifying the key barriers to a carbon-free building sector that are already being broken down through innovative projects and policy -- led by practitioners, owners, manufacturers and researchers.

Summit participants will be then challenged to take this momentum further, answering the questions of how solutions must scale and adapt to each region, and how they will take their own actions to make positive impact. This inspirational day will conclude by sharing clear actions to take now, resources to utilize and engagement pathways to accelerate Zero Carbon work in any organization.

Low-carbon building operations, procurement of renewable energy, building energy & carbon policy, embodied carbon assessment and reduction strategies.

  • Opening Remarks: Defining the Challenge & Driving Impact
  • Panel Discussions: Breaking Down Barriers to Zero Carbon – Perspectives from Owners, Practitioners, and Policymakers
  • Workshop 1: Scaling Solutions (Groups: Operational Carbon, Embodied Carbon)
  • Workshop 2: Regionalizing Solutions
  • Closing Remarks & Calls to Action

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 8 LFA credits
  • 8 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Jordan Selig

Managing Director, Martin Selig Real Estate
Selig started her career in Berlin, Germany, where she put her studies into action by ecologically renovating pre-war buildings across the city. In 2013, she returned to Seattle as MSRE’s Managing Director and has since been a key player in shaping the future of the company her... Read More →
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Amanda von Almen

Sustainable Built Environment Manager, Salesforce
Amanda von Almen leads the Global Sustainable Built Environment Program for Salesforce to deliver world class, high performance, sustainable and healthy spaces to their employees, visitors and community. The Sustainable Built Environment Program works with the Real Estate team on... Read More →
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Panu Pasanen

CEO and founder, Bionova
Panu Pasanen is the CEO and founder of Bionova, developer of the world leading life-cycle software One Click LCA for the built environment. One Click LCA allows all actors of the construction value chain to measure and reduce carbon and life-cycle cost from earliest concept phase... Read More →
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Stacy Smedley

Director of Sustainability, Skanska
Stacy Smedley, with a degree in Architecture from the University of Washington, in Seattle, is the architect behind the extension of the Bertschi School Science Wing in Seattle, USA. The Science Wing has been certified as the world's fourth Living Building - making it a giant step... Read More →
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Lisa Conway

VP Sustainability, Americas, Interface
Lisa Conway is the VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface – the modular flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. As a member of a global team, she and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. They’re... Read More →
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Dirk Kestner

Director of Sustainable Design, Walter P Moore
Dirk Kestner, PE, LEED AP BD+C is a Principal and Director of Sustainable Design for Walter P Moore, a Civil, Structural, and Enclosure engineering firm.  In his role at Walter P Moore, Dirk provides sustainability oversight for the company’s geographically diverse portfolio.  He... Read More →
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Kathrina Simonen

Associate Professor/Director, University of WA/Carbon Leadership Forum
Kate Simonen, AIA, SE is founding director of the Carbon Leadership Forum, an industry-academic collaboration highlighting the carbon impact of the built environment, and developing pathways for 'carbon smart' buildings to be part of the global climate solution. She is an Associate... Read More →
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Andrew Lee

Director, Zero Energy, ILFI
Andrew Lee directs the Zero Energy and Zero Carbon certification programs for the International Living Future Institute. In this role, he provides key thought leadership on how buildings will catalyze a shift towards a clean and regenerative energy future and serve as the most effective... Read More →

Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:00am - 5:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Nooksack Room #602