Conference Program

The Carbon Smart Building Conference Program inspired and equipped leading architects, structural engineers, contractors, developers, materials manufacturers and policy makers to scale up the building industry’s collective commitment to reduce the carbon emissions footprint of the built environment now, and eventually store carbon at massive scale in the built environment.  Attendees left committed to lead the decarbonization of the built environment, and equipped with the latest tools, resources and programs to help their firms thrive in a zero net carbon future.


Breakfast, networking and exhibits


Robertson Auditorium

Welcome by Andrew Himes of Carbon Innovations and Carbon Lighthouse CEO Brenden Millstein


Robertson Auditorium

Opening Keynote by Edward Mazria, Founder & CEO, Architecture 2030

To Net Zero Carbon and Beyond: Framing the Challenge

Today the built environment is the biggest contributor to the Global Warming problem.  The building industry must work together to become a big part of the Global Warming solution.  In this session we’ll establish a framework for the building industry to collaborate to phase-out carbon emissions and make the built environment a carbon sink.  We will also define the commitments we must make now to dramatically scale up our impact.


Robertson Auditorium

Plenary Panel

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: Strategy, Tactics, Tools, and Partnerships

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenges companies, cities, states and regions to reach Net Zero operating emissions in their portfolios by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be Net Zero in operation by 2050. Transforming the built environment requires an historic global collaboration. It will require measuring the carbon footprint of every project during design, build and operations, and Net Zero Carbon certification for every project. Our success depends on sharing expertise, tools, and technologies, and a vision of positive transformation. 

Session Lead: Kate Simonen, Carbon Leadership Forum, University of Washington

Monica Barone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney
Victoria Burrows, Project Manager Advancing Net Zero, World Green Building Council
Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute
Rives Taylor, Principal, Firmwide Co-Director Design Resilience, Gensler


Break, networking and exhibits


Reducing Embodied Carbon Emissions While Storing Carbon


Focus on Design - Robertson

Best Practices and Tools For Quantifying the Carbon Footprint of Every Project 

Measuring the carbon footprint of every project during design, build and operations is a pre-requisite for reducing it.  This session will describe the recent developments in tools and best practices for Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment and Net Zero Carbon certification.

Session Lead: Wil Srubar, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado

Kelly Roberts, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Walter P Moore Atlanta
Stacy Smedley, Director of Sustainability, Skanska Construction
Brent Trenga, Director of Sustainability and Education, Kingspan

Sponsored by Carbon Leadership Forum.

Focus on Development - Fisher West

True Carbon Neutral Development: Measuring and Reducing the Impact of Construction Materials and Processes

The environmental impact of buildings doesn’t start when occupants first move in, or finally move out.  High performance building project managers must consider the carbon emissions of creating, recommissioning, and decommissioning buildings.  This session will highlight the challenges several property owners are tackling to reduce the true impact of their projects with an eye to embodied carbon.  Participants will help identify the barriers to reducing embodied carbon and develop approaches to overcome them.

Session Lead: Ryan Zizzo, Technical Director, Zizzo Strategy

Katie Ross, Sustainability Program Manager, Microsoft
Panu Pasanen, CEO, Bionova

Focus on Policy - Fisher East

Embodied Carbon Policies in Practice: Recent Innovations

Policies to reduce embodied carbon emissions are taking a range of approaches.  By learning from the history of operating carbon emission policy, we can improve the chances that we’ll get embodied carbon policy right the first time.  In this session, participants will be introduced to recent embodied carbon policy implementations and will be challenged to think about how to select the best approach for their jurisdiction.

Session Lead: Anu Natarajan, StopWaste

Elizabeth Beardsley, Senior Policy Counsel, U.S. Green Building Council
Patrick Enright, Green Building Engineer, Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver
Erin McDade, Program Manager, Architecture 2030
Prodipto Roy, Program Manager, Buildings & Industry, Climate Works


Lunch, networking and exhibits


Lunch Keynote by Amory Lovins, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

Integrative Design for Radical Efficiency at Lower Cost

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Retrofitting Existing Buildings for High Efficiency


Focus on Design - Robertson

Best Practices for Delivering Deep Energy & Carbon Reduction Upgrades

Reusing an existing building rather than demolishing and building new is the first step toward sustainability. To get to net zero carbon from existing buildings, we must go beyond changing light bulbs and upgrading HVAC.  Building Owners & Design Teams must deliver deep reductions in building energy demand and carbon emissions (both embodied and operating) using strategies like whole building ecology and bundling of measures.  There is a strong business case for doing so.  This session will explore best practices for deep green building rehab solutions that can scale, and challenge attendees to make these solutions standard practice.

Session Lead: Mark Thompson BrandtZNC Collaboration for Existing & Historic Buildings; Sr Conservation Architect & Urbanist, MTBA Associates

Ralph DiNola, CEO, New Buildings Institute
Rod Yeoh, Principal Sustainability Engineer, DIALOG
Paula McEvoy, Director of Sustainability, Perkins + Will


Focus on Development - Fisher West

Tapping the Climate and Profit Opportunity in Deep Energy Efficiency Upgrades 

Retrofitting our buildings to improve their Energy Efficiency is an opportunity to save businesses and households money now while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  And improve occupant comfort and health.  And grow industry revenues while generating living wage jobs.  Why aren’t we doing more of it?  How can we scale up the investment we’re making in deep energy efficiency retrofits?  This session will explain how we can leverage  recent  innovations in technology, policy, and financing that are ready to scale, and describe the business development potential of the energy efficiency resource.

Session Lead: Victor Olgyay, Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Brenden Millstein, CEO & Co-Founder, Carbon Lighthouse
Clay Nesler, VP, Global Sustainability & Industry Initiatives, Johnson Controls
David Pogue, LEED AP, BOMI-HP, Sr. Vice President, CBRE

Sponsored by Carbon Lighthouse.

Focus on Policy - Fisher East

Overcoming the Barriers to Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits at Scale

Energy retrofits represent the largest and lowest-cost GHG emission reduction opportunity facing urban areas. In addition to a range of community benefits of deep energy retrofits such as comfort, health, and the creation of living wage jobs. When retrofits include deep energy upgrades, they can offer a range of possible energy savings, and improve ROI for owners. This session will identify the greatest barriers to investing in deep energy retrofits, and help attendees understand the elements required for a comprehensive policy to stimulate investment. 

Session Lead: Emma Stewart, Ph.D., Director of Urban Efficiency & Climate, World Resources Institute

Andy Frank, Founder and CEO, Sealed
Andria Jacob, Senior Manager, Energy Programs and Policy, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Andrew McAllister, Commissioner, California Energy Commission


Break, networking and exhibits


Creating Highly Efficient New Buildings


Focus on Design - Robertson

Building to Accelerate the Transition to a Clean Energy Grid 

How we design buildings can help accelerate our transition to a clean grid. Technology innovations such as batteries, solar, IOT (Internet of Things), and big data) can support grid-optimal project design, and new resources and tools can help design teams implement grid-optimal projects. This session will help attendees understand how to define and address local grid challenges, and will suggest resources and tools that can help design teams implement grid-optimal projects.

Session Lead: Brendan Owens, Senior Vice President, US Green Building Council

Fiona Cousins, Principal, Arup
Barry Coflan, SVP & Chief Technology Officer, Schneider Electric, EcoBuildings Division
Peter Turnbull, Principal Program Manager, PG&E

Focus on Development - Fisher West

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Are Better Buildings: Raising the Bar on Building Performance

To ensure the widespread uptake of net zero buildings, they must be financially viable, from the investment stage through operations. Using examples from across the country and globe, this session will dive into the regulatory and policy drivers that that incent developers and owners to go net zero. Panelists will also address the tools, technologies, and practices that we can use today to achieve net zero while driving down building operational costs.

Session Lead: Michelle Frey, Executive Director, Urban Land Institute

Cliff Majersik, Executive Director, Institute for Market Transformation
Brett Phillips, Vice President of Sustainable and Responsible Investments, Unico Properties
Eleni Reed, Head of Sustainability, Lendlease

Sponsored by BRE.

Focus on Policy - Fisher East

Accelerating Large-Scale Decarbonization of the Built Environment: Policy Trends 

Progressive state and local governments and companies have implemented a wide array of policies to decarbonize their investments and operations.  Internal carbon pricing.  Low-carbon procurement standards. Zero codes.  POS upgrade requirements. Commercial benchmarking.  Residential disclosure.  Pioneers of these policy innovations have learned from these experiences and are moving forward with wider and deeper application.   This session will educate attendees about what is coming and how to prepare for a low-carbon future.

Session Lead: Mark Frankel, Technical Director, New Buildings Institute

Martha Brook, Energy Policy Advisor, California Energy Commission
Kendra Tupper, Chief Sustainability & Resilience Officer, City of Boulder
Vincent Martinez, COO, Architecture 2030

Sponsored by Earthlab at University of Washington


Break, networking and exhibits


Robertson Auditorium

Keynote by Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State

Innovation for Net Zero Carbon Solutions

A public/private partnership is essential for rapid progress to convert the built environment into a significant solution to climate change.


Robertson Auditorium

Plenary Panel

Health and Equity in the Built Environment

Buildings have profound impacts on quality of life for building occupants, surrounding communities, and the global climate.  How can we think about and incorporate these impacts into our projects to maximize the triple bottom line?  In this session we’ll describe approaches to make maximization of social, environmental and economic benefits standard operating procedure. Imagine the building industry contributing to the creation of a socially just and equitable world. Imagine every architecture, engineering, and construction firm making life better for people from all walks of life. Imagine giving a voice to people who rarely have one. Imagine transforming entire supply chains and accelerating local and regional economies. Imagine changing who does business with whom. Imagine realigning government procurement to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help marginalized communities thrive.

Session Lead: Michelle Romero, National Director, Green for All

Anthony Berheim, Healthy & Resilient Buildings Program Manager, San Francisco International Airport
Denise Fairchild, President & CEO, Emerald Cities Collaborative
Dr. Shamir Ghumra, BREEAM Director, BRE
Taylor Keep, Building Sciences Lead, Katerra


Robertson Auditorium

Tomorrow Morning Things are Different

Commitments to radically shift the built environment toward net zero carbon. How will I do things differently in the future? On my next project, in my next meeting, my next business decision? What are my personal commitments? How will I measure my success? How will I make a difference? How will I hold myself accountable?


Robertson Auditorium

Interview by Andrew Himes with Andrew Steer, CEO | World Resources Institute

Further, Faster, Together

We’re not yet on track to avert catastrophic climate change.  And we’re running out of time to change at the scale needed to ensure a stable climate for future generations.  We need to aim higher, do more, and figure out how to work together more effectively.  This session will showcase innovations in collaboration that we must adopt to scale up our impact. A collective impact initiative brings people together, in a structured way, to achieve social change. It starts with a common agenda, establishes shared measurement, fosters mutually reinforcing activities, encourages continuous communication, and it has a strong backbone.


Robertson Auditorium

The Carbon Smart Building Declaration: Building a Movement

"We acknowledge that we hold this world in trust, and recognize the immediate threat climate change and its impacts pose to current and future generations. We cannot address the climate crisis without eliminating carbon emissions from the built environment...We support Carbon Smart Building as a global movement to create maximum collective impact. Together, we can help draw down excess atmospheric carbon and create a built environment that supports a healthy, equitable, and sustainable human community."



Reception with Hors d'oeuvres and No-host Bar

Featuring the Jazz Pickels.

Sponsored by View Inc.