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Zero Emissions, Zero Compromises: Health Centered Decarbonization of K-12 Schools

May 15 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Experts agree that in order to meet the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the way we design, build and operate buildings will have to dramatically change. Prepare to dive into the important topic of building decarbonization, with a focus on heath and equity, in our upcoming webcast!

Join leaders from the U.S. Green Building Council and The Center for Green Schools, alongside a panel of industry experts and three sustainability directors from school districts, as we examine how schools are taking steps to decarbonize both new and existing buildings. From conducting audits and assessing financial impacts to upgrading HVAC systems for efficiency, health, and reliance on clean energy, we’ll present real-world examples from Acton Boxborough Regional School District, Denver Public Schools, and Portland Public Schools. Our industry experts from the New Buildings Institute will debunk myths surrounding decarbonization, empowering attendees to take action within their own communities. Participants can then engage in breakout discussions to further explore topics and interact with presenters and peers from across the country.

This intermediate-level session is ideal for K-12 school facility and capital planning staff, environmental health leaders, and industry professionals eager to address greenhouse gas emissions while prioritizing health and well-being. Help us spread the word and join us online for this timely discussion!

PRESENTERS: Aaron Presberg, Senior Program Manager, Energy & Sustainability, Portland Public Schools Adam West, Energy Engineer, Denver Public Schools Kate Crosby, Energy Manager, Acton Boxborough Regional School District Ian LaHiff, Director Energy & Carbon, USGBC Paul Torcellini, Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Shannon Oliver, Senior Project Manager, New Buildings Institute Seema Bhanger, Principal, Healthy Buildings & Communities, USGBC


Zoom – Virtual