Webinar: Strategies for Low-Carbon Construction: An Introduction to Reducing Embodied Carbon

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February 20
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Online DC United States
ULI Center for Sustainability


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In the real estate industry, sustainability has most commonly taken the form of improving operational efficiency in buildings, with the focus on energy use reductions. However the operational emissions of a building are only part of the overall carbon emissions related to the real estate industry and decisions made during the design and construction phase can have a huge impact on a building’s environmental footprint. Embodied carbon in buildings, which refers to the emissions associated with the manufacturing, transportation, construction of building materials, as well as building disposal, currently accounts for 11 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve ambitious climate goals, such as those set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement, addressing embodied carbon will need to be part of real estate’s climate mitigation strategy. But how can real estate reduce embodied carbon and what is the business case for doing so?

The ULI Responsible Property Investment Council’s (RPIC) second webinar in 2020 will provide an overview of lessons learned from the ULI Greenprint Center’s recent report, Embodied Carbon in Building Materials for Real Estate, which prepares the real estate market for a low-carbon materials future, makes the business case for why real estate should pay attention, and highlights smart steps to reduce embodied carbon that can also reduce labor and material costs, building time, and construction waste. Join the webinar to learn from peers in the real estate sector already addressing this issue in sustainable new developments.


Molly McCabe (moderator)
Founder and CEO, HaydenTanner, LLC
Co-Founder, The Lotus Campaign




Andy Bush
Principal, Morgan Creek Ventures

Andrew Bush is the founder and Managing Partner of Morgan Creek Ventures, a real estate development and consulting group based in Boulder, Colorado. Over the past decade, Morgan Creek Ventures has developed a variety of sustainable real estate projects with a focus on creative office and residential infill opportunities. Their projects have received LEED Silver, Gold and Platinum level certifications and have included leading technologies in building management systems, green roofs, solar installations and water treatment.

Andy’s current focus is on developing replicable models for commercial developers in the “Net Zero” building arena. He was educated at the University of Wisconsin in Urban Planning and has served as a trustee and board member for a number of other real estate holding companies, redevelopment associations and family foundations. He is a regular speaker on the topic of urban development and sustainability issues.


Don Davies
President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Don Davies is President of Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA), a 225-person international, award-winning structural and civil engineering firm headquartered in Seattle. An industry champion for the promotion of urban density and low-carbon construction, Don is a founding member of the Carbon Leadership Forum, an Advisory Board member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), and a Board Member for the International Association of Life Cycle Civil Engineers. He has co-authored multiple publications and frequently lectures on reducing embodied carbon within the built environment. As a key member of the MKA Foundation, Don is also a founding board member of Building Transparency.org and part of the leadership team helping to create the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool.


Katie Ross
Global Real Estate & Facilities Sustainability Lead, Microsoft

Katie leads Sustainability for Microsoft’s Real Estate portfolio and is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategy for their offices around the world. Katie’s career has been dedicated to the adoption of high performance, healthy, sustainable buildings. She oversees sustainability strategy for Microsoft’s new campuses including Puget Sound, Israel, Silicon Valley, and works with global sites to implement operational best practices. She prides herself on being a ‘sustainability translator’ – ensuring that Microsoft’s employees and the public understand the nuances and importance of sustainability topics.