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The operation and manufacturing of built environments contribute to a large portion of carbon emissions, which is recognized as the leading cause of global warming. As a leader in carbon transparency, UL is opening the dialogue on addressing carbon emissions from built environments in this new series of talks.
Conversations that can inspire responsible, trustworthy action.
UL gathered a few, leading industry professionals to discuss current affairs related to carbon emissions and built environments. Check back often for new drop-in conversations, discussions articles and more.
Carbon series: episode one
We connect with Lance Davis, sustainability architect for the Federal Government, to talk about his approach to carbon. We also discuss balancing operational and embodied carbon, how carbon fits in with other federal building concerns and future carbon efforts.
Carbon series: episode two
Anica Landreneau, the director of sustainable design at HOK, stop by virtually to discuss the role the building design community can play in reducing carbon footprints. We touch on ZERO Code and its potential impacts, as well as how the industry can address carbon emissions moving forward.
Carbon series: episode three
In this session, we speak with Eden Brukman, senior green building coordinator for the San Francisco Department of Environment. We touch on the current state of carbon in the building industry, plus the various carbon learnings, tactics, goals and milestones for the city of San Francisco.
Carbon series: episode four
We sit down for a quick, 30-minute conversation on carbon mitigation, embodied carbon, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) version 4 and 4.1, carbon transparency and building materials with Doug Mazeffa, global sustainability director at Sherwin-Williams.
UL sits down with Dana Schneider (Empire State Realty Trust), Drew Shula (Verdical Group), Joseph Marfi (Turner Construction), Shawn Jang (Bisagni Environmental Enterprise), and Shaun McCarthy (Supply Chain Sustainability School) for an in-depth discussion about carbon emissions related topics and what’s being done globally to tackle carbon emissions.
Meet the moderator
Director of environmental codes and standards
As the director of codes and standards at UL, Josh Jacobs helps develop and track global environmental codes, standards and purchasing programs. He has spoken on sustainable building and procurement across five continents. He has worked with procurement staff around the world on making their purchases more environmentally friendly.
Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen a focus on carbon embodiment. We no longer have the 50-year building life cycles, so carbon mitigation in building materials is more of a focus.