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April 1, 2021 - 5:30pm

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Austin Climate Equity Plan 2021


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This month we’ll be focusing again on the Sustainable Buildings section of the ATX Climate Equity Plan, specifically how critical material choices are to decarbonizing local construction. The Plan has set a goal to reduce the embodied carbon footprint of building materials used in local construction by 40% from a 2020 baseline, by 2030. How will we get there? Join Kendall Claus, Designer/Sustainability Coordinator at Perkins&Will and 2021 Austin COTE Chair and Martin Torres, AEGB Graduate Engineer and CLF Austin Founder and Co-Chair to learn how. Both are leading efforts towards decarbonization in their respective fields and are currently working together to develop a mentorship network in Austin.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe what embodied carbon is and how the production and transportation of building materials contribute to global warming.  
  2. Summarize the relationship and parallels between environmental and health impacts of building materials and how to take a holistic approach to specifications.
  3. Apply strategies and tools for measuring and reducing embodied carbon in buildings.
  4. Discuss how to advocate for change in the industry to help Austin reach its 2030 decarbonization goals.

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About COTE

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) is an American Institute of Architects Knowledge Community working with architects, allied professionals, and the public to achieve climate action and climate justice through design. We believe that design excellence is the foundation of a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future. Our work promotes design strategies that allow people, communities, and our planet to thrive.

COTE reflects the profession's commitment to provide healthy and safe environments for people, and is dedicated to preserving the earth's capability of sustaining a shared high quality of life. COTE typically meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

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Committee Chair: Kendall Claus, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Committee Chair-Elect: Ashley Grzywa, AIA
Past Committee Chair: Miguel Walker
Staff Liaison: Rob Hoffman