Our schools, libraries, parks, community centers and other public spaces are essential projects for our communities to meet climate action plan objectives. These projects represent an opportunity to address embodied carbon inputs from our buildings that can serve as highly visible models for citizens to address emissions in their daily lives. While new construction represents an obvious opportunity to address embodied carbon, municipalities and the Architecture and Engineering community can work together to address embodied carbon requirements to RFP’s, bid documents, and procurement guidelines for all projects.
This discussion will feature guest speakers who are working to address embodied carbon in public work. This session will provide a forum discussion which will attempt to identify objectives for the ideal public process; where opportunities to do better on embodied carbon are present for all public projects.
This session is for all who intersect in the public project realm: architects, contractors, municipal staff, and others who construct, renovate, and maintain our public areas.
Suni Dillard AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, HMFH Architects
Suni is an Architect and Sustainability Leader at HMFH. As both, Suni has established herself as an in-house resource and champion for the integration of social, environmental, and economically sustainable solutions to design challenges of all sizes. She believes in equitable access to architecture and has enjoyed working on educational projects throughout her career. Her commitment to design spans to the education of sustainable design practices, both inside the office and the greater architectural community.
Lisa Goodwin Robbins RA, CCS, LEED AP, Associate Principal, Kalin Associates
Lisa is a registered architect, CSI-certified construction specifier, and LEED-accredited professional with more than 20 years of experience in specification writing, with a focus on projects seeking LBC, LEED, and WELL certifications. She helps other Architects, both designer types and project managers, be green, solve problems, and get their projects built. Her specialties include: Master specifications, LEED specifications, Living Building Challenge specifications, WELL specifications, public bid work, product research. Recently she’s been working to help teams write specifications to achieve embodied carbon goals on their projects. She’s a board member of the Silent Spring Institute.
Jim Newman is founder and Principal at Linnean Solutions, which provides resilience analysis and planning, and energy and carbon modeling. Linnean’s carbon modeling encompasses both operational and embodied carbon accounting at scales ranging from single residences through institutional projects to community scale carbon accounting. Mr. Newman helped found the Built Environment Plus (formerly the Massachusetts Chapter of the USGBC), and is a Past Chair of the Chapter. He is also a founding Board member of the Resilient Design Institute, a Board member of the Center for Living Environments and Regeneration (CLEAR), and a member of the RELi Steering Committee. RELi is a resilience rating system from USGBC. Mr. Newman holds degrees from MIT and Lehigh University.
Kris Weeks AIA
Kris works for the Cambridge Public School District where he participates in the design, construction, and operation of the city’s new net zero school projects. He previously worked as an architect specializing in K-12 schools and collegiate academic buildings. He particularly loves two things about his current job: helping to create better, more sustainable learning environments for the children of Cambridge, and working with so many bright, talented people across various disciplines to make that happen.
Kris is a registered architect in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and is a LEED AP in Building Design and Construction. He has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Carolyn Day AIA
Carolyn has over 20 years of experience as an Architect and Planner for projects focusing on technology in education. Her detailed knowledge of building’s systems is distinctively valuable in the assessment of existing structures and systems as well as optimizing design for high performing buildings. As a steward for education, Carolyn has presented sustainable design solutions at conferences and led training seminars for general contractors and trades regarding the incorporation of sustainable design initiatives during construction.