Boston Society for Architecture and the Carbon Leadership Forum Boston/Northeast Hub To Host the 2024 Northeast Embodied Carbon Summit June 20-21, 2024

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BOSTON, May 30, 2024 ~ The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) and the Boston/Northeast Hub of the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) have announced that the 2024 Northeast Embodied Carbon Summit will be held in Boston from June 20-21, 2024. This highly anticipated event marks five years since the BSA hosted the Embodied Carbon in Buildings Conference, which led to the development of the EC 101 Series and the creation of the CLF Boston / Northeast Hub. Registration for the summit is now open, and industry professionals are encouraged to secure their spot at this important gathering.

According to Miranda D'Oleo, Manager of Policy and Advocacy for the Boston Society for Architecture, significant progress has been made in both national and regional efforts to reduce embodied carbon in buildings over the past five years. Through advocacy, research, education, outreach, and implementation, there have been advancements in policy, concrete production methods, biogenic materials usage, adaptive re-use practices, and an increase in case studies. The Northeast Embodied Carbon Summit aims to bring together this community of professionals to continue driving innovation and promoting sustainable practices in the Northeast region and beyond.

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The summit will feature opening remarks by Andrea Love, FAIA and past President of BSA. Keynote remarks will be delivered by Billie Faircloth, FAIA, former Partner and Research Director at KieranTimberlake. Faircloth is also an incoming Associate Professor at Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP), a Cornell Atkinson Scholar, and a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. Additionally, winners of the BE+/MassCEC Net Zero Challenge will be recognized during a reception by Katherine Antos, Undersecretary for Decarbonization and Resilience at Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

For those interested in attending or learning more about the 2024 Northeast Embodied Carbon Summit, including pricing and a full schedule of events, registration is available on the BSA website.

The announcement of the summit comes alongside the release of a Low-Carbon Concrete Report by the BSA and CLF. This report explores solutions for accelerating the specification and use of low-carbon concrete in the built environment. Experts estimate that concrete is responsible for 8% of all global carbon emissions, and according to the International Energy Agency, emissions from cement alone must decrease by an average of 4% per year through 2030 to limit global temperature rise to 1.5º C. With Massachusetts' goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85% by 2050, decarbonizing concrete will play a crucial role. The report, which was co-published by BSA and CLF, concludes that the main obstacles to this important climate initiative lie not in technology or engineering, but in the design and construction process.

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The Low-Carbon Concrete Report can be downloaded for free on the BSA website. As industry professionals prepare for the 2024 Northeast Embodied Carbon Summit, this report serves as a valuable resource for understanding and addressing embodied carbon in building materials.
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