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Targeting Carbon in the Fight Against Climate Change, a Web Reach with US Gypsum

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About This Program

This course discusses the impact carbon emissions have on the planet and how buildings can influence greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon, to lower embodied carbon through more sustainable building products offering. We will learn about manufacturing transparency and the ability to compare embodied carbon values against a baseline and against similar products, which are critical to reducing embodied carbon.

Session Takeaways

  • Acknowledge the major impact that building operations and building products are making on climate change.
  • Recognize how embodied carbon impacts buildings.
  • Identify ways that manufacturers are addressing the need for sustainable building products, and the information available to specifiers.
  • Realize the key role that architects play in driving market change and the adoption of lower carbon building materials.

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Learning Units

CSI: 1.0 LU
*May be submitted for domain specific learning units to CDT recertification, and/or general learning units for CCCA, CCS, and CCPR.
AIA: 1.0 LU/HSW*
*This course is approved for AIA/HSW Credits

Relevant Practices

Specifying/Information Management
Product Selection/Specification
 Construction Management/Construction
Ownership/Property Management


  • Jennifer Friedland, CSI, CDT, LEED GA, Industry IIDA, Affiliate AIA Chicago; Architectural Sales Representative

    Jennifer has held positions as a building material manager involved with the specification, sales, and distribution of interior decorative surfacing, flooring, gypsum, fire-rated glazing, and custom acoustical ceilings.Today, Jennifer is proudly working within the ceilings business unit at USG, a global supplier for walls, ceilings, flooring, and roofing materials. Her latest personal achievement was accepting a role as President for The Chicago Chapter of Construction Specifications Institute and currently, committee chair for the DEI Committee. Her most recent ambition is to deepen her level of education and personal commitment to sustainability.

  • Stacy Simpson, MS Environmental Engineer, Authorized GreenScreen Practitioner; Sustainability Manager

    For the past ten years, Stacy has worked at USG. As the USG Sustainability Manager, she approaches the position as an interdisciplinary scientist, being trained as an environmental engineer, chemist, and biologist. Stacy led the effort to move USG's leadership team to commit to SBTi and develop the 2030 Sustainability goals. Today, she currently works to incorporate and implement USG's sustainability vision. Stacy provides support for initiatives to reduce company-wide resource consumption and waste generation. In addition, she reports progress against sustainability strategies, objectives, and targets and provides expertise for customer sustainability initiatives, including CDPH 01350 compliance, LEED documentation, and environmental and health transparency. She is passionate about slowing climate change and believes real change is necessary to make a difference.

June 21, 2023
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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