Check out our 2023 Forum workshops.
The Getting to Zero Forum has collaborated with partners to curate in-depth workshops on critical industry topics. Separate registration is required for these high-value educational experiences.
All workshops on 5/10 require in-person attendance.
May 10 Workshops
Embodied carbon is quickly becoming a crucial topic for designers and policymakers as the industry focuses on building decarbonization. This interactive workshop, sponsored by Breakthrough Energy, will take attendees on a journey to uncover strategies for reducing embodied carbon in building design and construction, and jurisdictional policies.
Through collaborative activities and presentations, participants will quickly learn the basics of why, the rules of thumb, and pending policies encouraging low-carbon projects. Once we’ve uncovered the basics, we will investigate the details – from gaining buy-in, cost impacts, deep carbon reduction in concrete and other products, supply chain consideration, tools, and understanding uncertainty in carbon accounting. This workshop will have a particular emphasis on strategies for reducing embodied carbon through building design and policies. Presentations from leading experts will examine building and policy case studies and reveal how barriers were overcome. Participants will be given a building design or policy, and working in groups, teams will brainstorm and uncover tactics for reducing embodied carbon in a hypothetical project. Finally, attendees will leave the workshop with the base tools they need to take into their daily decision-making as well as a new network of embodied carbon professionals.
Webly Bowles, New Buildings Institute
Karen Scrivener, EPFL
Holly Elwood, EPA
Meghan Lewis, Carbon Leadership Forum
Time: 9:00 am-12:30 pm
The Nuts and Bolts: Coming to an Understanding on Equity and Equitable Decarbonization (3.5 AIA LU|HSW CEUs )
Join Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition for an in-depth and hands on workshop on equitable decarbonization. Participants will leave the session with answers to questions like: What does a community that is equitably decarbonized look like versus one that isn’t? How can community members advocate for decarbonization in a way that is equitable for all members of the community? Additionally, participants will be challenged to consider the specific road blocks in their work for equitable implementation and how to take action.
Time: 9:00 am-12:30 pm