As awareness about the impact of carbon emissions grows, companies in every sector and of every size are setting goals to reduce their climate impact. But how are those goals set, where do you start, how do you track progress, and why take on the challenge?
This course defines and contextualizes carbon, explains the impact of human activity on the natural carbon cycle, and provides insight into how companies can measure and reduce their climate impact. The discussion then turns to carbon emissions in the design and construction industry and why they matter so much in the context of a changing climate.
This course offers the building and design community opportunities to reduce carbon emissions and to foster healthier human communities at the same time. The presentation closes with a review of the tools and resources participants can use to learn more and to act on the most urgent source of greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment industry, the carbon impact of building materials.
- Define carbon and its relationship to global climate change.
- Review how companies are accounting for carbon emissions.
- Contextualize the design and construction industry’s relationship to global carbon emissions through operational and embodied carbon impact.
- Offer tools and best practices to address embodied carbon in material selection and interior design.