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As the District progresses on its vision towards decarbonizing building energy use, the embodied carbon emissions associated with building materials are rapidly becoming the largest contributor to the carbon footprint of our buildings. Increased awareness around embodied carbon in recent years has resulted in market ready, cost-effective solutions that can be implemented immediately on projects. This session identifies the key contributors to the embodied carbon footprint of buildings and presents case studies for reduction strategies, including information on availability for implementation in the DC market. The session will also introduce future potential for new strategies progressing towards net zero embodied carbon emissions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how embodied carbon relates to the carbon footprint of buildings
  • Understand which materials and assemblies typically are responsible for the majority of embodied carbon in new construction
  • Identify cost-effective low embodied carbon strategies that can be implemented immediately
  • Understand future embodied carbon solutions that are in development

Presented by:

Lauren Wingo, PE LEED GA

Senior Consultant, Arup

Lauren Wingo is a Senior Consultant in Arup’s Washington DC office where she focuses on embodied carbon. With a background in structural engineering, Lauren has designed two completed mass timber projects in DC. She is a regional expert on embodied carbon, advising clients at both the building and portfolio level on appropriate reduction strategies. Lauren is on the leadership group for the Structural Engineering Institute’s SE 2050 Commitment Program, which supports achieving net zero embodied carbon structural systems for 2050.


Ashley Cooper

Structural Engineer, Arup

Ashley Cooper is a Structural Engineer in Arup’s Washington DC Office. She has worked on several embodied carbon studies and proposed low-carbon alternatives to a variety of clients. She focuses on integrating her embodied carbon knowledge into her project work to engineer buildings with decreased environmental impacts. Ashley is a co-chair of CLF Washington DC, a local hub of the Carbon Leadership Forum centered on reducing embodied carbon of the built environment.