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Explore the ways that LEED supports decarbonization and drives innovation to propel us into a carbon free world. 

With unprecedented calls to decarbonize energy supply, transportation, facilities, and supply chains, the opportunities and barriers are endless. Many organizations must transform their existing operating and business models to account for regulation, operational constraints, labor shortages, consumer expectations, and economics. However, to implement change decarbonizing solutions must be increasingly aligned with the pursuit of important outcomes such as resilience, security, and social equity. LEED continues to address decarbonization in each version and can be used as a holistic framework, helping not only to develop an integrated approach for climate, but also to ensure baseline consideration of health, clean water, and other important outcomes.  

Decarbonization is one of the most critical topics facing green building professionals. Reducing the CO2 emissions that raise global temperatures is a nonnegotiable part of keeping our communities and our planet healthy for future generations. Together we'll explore the ways LEED supports decarbonization while looking toward innovations to propel us into a carbon free world. We'll examine net zero case studies and engage in thought leadership discussion with practitioners and partners.  


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Recordings of all the sessions are available for viewing until June 1. CE Credit was given to all live attendees. Click on the button in the agenda to view the sessions. If you have any questions or issues, please contact Suzanne Haerther 

April 5, 2023

This day will focus using LEED for decarbonization through projects and materials.

D1 Welcome


Join us for the opening of the summit. We will have a few words to set the stage for 2 days of impactful learning and leadership.

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Rhiannon Jacobsen

Managing Director

U.S. Market Transformation & Development

U.S. Green Building Council

D1, S1 Carbon A Team

LEED and Upfront Carbon Emissions: A Comprehensive Look at A1-A5 Embodied Carbon in Building Construction

This session will explore how we can adjust workflow to make meaningful improvements in upfront carbon emissions (A1-A5), and how these strategies can achieve points under various LEED credits. Topics will cover LCA timeline and process integration, when EC3 should be utilized, examples of actual carbon reduction materials on real world projects, and detailed discussion of a 2-year long electric construction equipment pilot that has been occurring in Iowa. Projects are conditioned to complete LCA's; however, new tools such as EC3 allow for more detailed and on-going conversations that can yield even greater results in reductions. We’ll explore the nuances of LCA software, hand-off to tools like LCA, and tracking A5 emissions. 

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Mike Bahr
Sustainability Engineer Turner Construction

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Bill Hassel
Data Center Program Sustainability Manager
Turner Construction

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Rowan Parris, LEED Green Associate
Embodied Carbon Program Manager
Turner Construction

D1, S2 Decarb materials

Decarbonizing Building Materials

Product selection has a significant impact on the immediate and long-term performance and cost efficiency of any built structure. This discussion will look specifically at structural materials and upfront decisions for reducing carbon in design and product selection. We will explore concrete, mass timber, and insulation in relation to embodied carbon, operational energy performance, resiliency, and occupant health. 

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Lisa Barnard, LEED AP O+M, WELL AP
Sustainability & Customer Engagement Program Manager Chryso/GCP, Saint Gobain Construction Chemicals  

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Erica Sherman
R&D Manager of Process, Research & Development,

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Bill Parsons, PE
Chief Operating Officer

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Elizabeth Grant
Building & Roofing Science Research Lead

D1, S3 LEED Zero Projects

LEED Zero Project Profiles

With sustainability and healthy building goals now business prerequisites, resiliency, utility and resource consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and material management from buildings have taken on a new importance.  Explore how LEED Zero boosts your LEED certification and supports your decarbonization and energy, water and waste balance goals. A complement to the LEED rating system, LEED Zero recognizes projects that have reached net zero status in the categories of carbon, energy, water, and/or waste. Learn from real world projects achieving their goal of reducing carbon emissions and addressing climate change and risk through the LEED Zero program. The panel will explore opportunities and challenges of LEED Zero while diving into some of the more technical aspects. This session will feature three projects from across the US focused on LEED Zero Energy, LEED Zero Carbon, and LEED Zero Waste. 

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Chris Ladner, LEED Fellow, LEED AP, CEA, CMVP
Sustainable Properties

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E.V. Bennett, LEED AP, LEED Fellow, TRUE Advisor, WELL AP
Associate Director of Sustainability Consulting Services

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D.J. D'Agostino
Global Sustainability Manager

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Ryan McAnulty
EHS & Sustainability Coordinator

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Stefanie Young
Vice President Technical Services
U.S. Green Building Council


D1 Closing

We will round out Day 1 with a few remarks about the presentations and a look ahead to Day 2.

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Charlie Woodruff

Regional Director, Mountain

U.S. Market Transformation & Development

U.S. Green Building Council

April 6, 2023

For Day 2, we will be focusing on our members and partners to discover how we can all achieve decarbonization. 

D2 Welcome


We will start the day with a few quick notes for housekeeping and jump into our programming. 

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D2, S1 Partners

Tia Metzger, LEED Green Associate, TRUE Advisor
Strategic Stakeholder Engagement
U.S. Green Building Council

Progress and Partners: How we’re moving decarbonization forward

Decarbonization is a priority for USGBC. Partners and like-minded stakeholders dedicated to finding solutions are necessary to achieve significant carbon reductions in our built environment. This round table discussion will explore the work of community-based organizations and networks working toward this common goal of pursuing sustainability while ensuring resiliency, equity, and public health.  

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Victoria Herrero-Garcia
Embodied Carbon Leader
Ambient Energy, a Mead & Hun
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Dennis Luong
GM, Northeast

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Jacob Serfling, PE
Co-Director, Building Policy and Technology
Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition

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Ken Sandler
Sustainable Building Advisor

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Tia Metzger, LEED Green Associate, TRUE Advisor
Strategic Stakeholder Engagement
U.S. Green Building Council

D2, S2 Pitching Decarb

Pitching Decarbonization

Let’s explore how to approach clients about building green, pursuing LEED, and making overall building life cycle decisions to achieve decarbonization and sustainability goals. This session will help attendees learn more about how to strategically select building systems and design building envelopes to optimize the carbon footprint while engaging your client in sustainable decisions. 

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Ashley Eusey, PE, LEED AP, GGP, WELL AP, WELL Faculty Director of Sustainability Hoefer Welker

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Parker Hall, PE, LEED AP, GPCP, CxT
Lead Mechanical Engineer
Hoefer Welker

D2, S3 LEED Case Studies

LEED Case Studies

Decarbonization has long been a goal and outcome of LEED. Let’s explore the specific credits that support decarbonization through real world projects in different phases of construction, operations and maintenance, and LEED certification.

The following projects will be represented:

  • Hotel Marcel - LEED BD+C: Hospitality - LEED v4, Platinum, New Haven, Connecticut, 118,186 sq ft

  • Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Academic and Physical Education Building, (seeking certification, mass timber project, equity and accessibility through the Skanska+Mithun Project Team), Vancouver, Washington, 48,000 sq ft

  • Huntington Place Detroit Conference Center - LEED O+M v4.1, Gold, Detroit, Michigan, 2,307,166 sq ft 

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Kai Stern, LEED AP BD+C, Certified Passive House Consultant, Fitwell Ambassador
Senior Sustainability Consultant
Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

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JoAnn Wilcox, AIA, LEED AP

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Al Vasquez, Engineering & Facility Services Director, Huntington Place Detroit Conference Center

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Rhiannon Jacobsen


Managing Director

U.S. Market Transformation & Development

U.S. Green Building Council

D2 closing


We will wrap up the program with remarks about the highpoints of our two days together and what we can do moving forward. 

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Rhiannon Jacobsen

Managing Director

U.S. Market Transformation & Development

U.S. Green Building Council

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