Decarbonizing Details: Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Site Construction - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
Recorded On: 10/27/2023
This session will provide comprehensive information to decarbonize site construction details. We will explore methods to reduce the embodied carbon of landscape structures including pavements, walls, decks, railings, and other site structures. Resources and techniques for measuring and evaluating the carbon footprint of details and materials will be discussed.
- Understand embodied, operational, stored, and sequestered carbon, and how these concepts are applied in design and construction detailing.
- Explore a wide range of construction materials and details to understand their carbon impacts, along with methods to reduce the impacts in all life-cycle phases.
- Identify sources of data to assist with the comparison of embodied carbon in materials and details.
- Explore viable decarbonization strategies for a variety of site structures including pavements, walls, decks, and railings.
Meg Calkins, FASLA, SITES AP
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
North Carolina State University
Meg Calkins, FASLA, SITES AP, is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at North Carolina State University. Meg’s scholarship focuses on the environmental and human health impacts of site construction details and materials. She is the author of the book "Materials for Sustainable Sites" and editor of the "Sustainable Sites Handbook". She is currently writing a book with the working title of "Details and Material for Resilient Sites: A Carbon Positive Approach" (Routledge 2025). Meg has taken an active leadership role in development and implementation of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) since 2003.
Christopher R. Hardy, ASLA, LEED AP
Chris focuses on the integration of ecology and culture, with a commitment to exemplary craft in the built environment. Chris led Sasaki’s CarbonConscience research project team from 2019 to present. This project included building both landscape and architectural datasets and the translation into an free and accessible design application, providing carbon metrics for planning and urban design analysis. Chris is actively applying these tools and research to projects in the USA and EU. Chris believes that every project is not only a design opportunity, but an opportunity to experiment, listen, and learn.
Corbett Belcher, ASLA
Corbett is a Senior Associate at CMG Landscape Architecture. His work ranges from regional and community-based parks to highly demanding urban redevelopment projects. His experiences have fashioned his dedication to public improvement, sustainable development, and design excellence. His has a commitment to an inclusive team approach, application of a local vernacular, and a detailed execution for each project’s overall success. His most recent experience with material reuse, and implementation of carbon reductive practices, has given him a new outlook on project design and delivery.
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