Reversing Global Warming through Material Specification

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Explore practical strategies for prioritizing embodied carbon when selecting products and materials. 

The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building’s carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2030, almost 75% of the carbon footprint of that 900 B ft2 will be embodied carbon, NOT operational emissions. Building products can reduce their carbon footprint and even become carbon sinks that help remove excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

This session will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making buildings part of the solution instead of less of the problem.

Learning from experts in climate-friendly design, construction, and product manufacturing, participants will be empowered to ensure that their daily work contributes to creating a balanced climate.


  • Explain the importance of addressing embodied carbon in building products and how it relates to global warming
  • Identify tools that can help to measure and compare the carbon footprint of different products, including the free, cloud-based Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool released at Greenbuild in Fall 2019
  • Share best practices for considering embodied carbon in specifications
  • Identify gap opportunities for carbon footprint disclosure advocacy

Joey Shea, Manager of Mission Activation, Interface
Joey Shea joined Interface in 2018 as part of the Customer Experience team to bring the commitments and values of Interface to life through unique, immersive experiences for Interface customers. Now, as Manager of Mission Activation, he relies on his background in the environmental nonprofit and advocacy sector to share how Interface connects successful business practices to deep environmental responsibility. Joey values staying involved with the environmental and civic advocacy community in Atlanta and has served in a leadership role on Generation Green, the Georgia Conservancy’s young professionals board; and as a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Millennial Advisory Board. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Lifecycle Building Center, Atlanta’s leading building material reuse nonprofit; and as a board member for ChattahoocheeNOW, an organization dedicated to revitalizing and unlocking the potential of the Chattahoochee River that flows through north Georgia. Joey graduated suma cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University and is a proud graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute in 2016.

(Joining Remotely:) Stacy Smedley, Director of Sustainability, Skanska USA Building
Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, and 15 years in the architecture and construction professions. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington State as well as the first project in the world to be certified under Living Building Version 2.0 standards. At Skanska, Stacy leads sustainable initiatives and opportunities, and is considered a subject matter expert in LEED and Living Building Challenge certifications, with a passion for reducing materials toxicity and carbon emissions associated with construction. She is the co-creator of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3), an industry wide, open source tool for quantifying and reducing the carbon of building materials. Stacy is committed to educating and engaging the AEC community on sustainable design and construction, and has served in various advisory and leadership roles, including: Chair of the Washington Businesses for Climate Action; Advisory Board Member for the University of Washington Carbon Leadership Forum; Construction Taskforce Chair for the Embodied Carbon Network; Founding member of the Materials Carbon Action Network; Advisory Group Member for AIA Materials Working Group; Membership Chair for Cascadia Green Building Council; and Emerging Professional Regional Chair for USGBC. She is an experienced speaker, and a 2012 Living Building Challenge Hero.

Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hours & 1 AIA/CES LU.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
5:30 – 6:15 – Registration & Networking
6:15-7:30 pm – Formal Presentation

Alberici Headquarters
8800 Page Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63114

Free for USGBC-MGC Members and full-time students
$20 for Non-Members

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