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Understanding the Push Toward Low-Carbon Emissions Materials and Products with Vicki Worden, President and CEO of Green Building Initiative

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About This Program

The years of 2022 and 2023 have ushered in significant change in focus for product specification aimed at buildings and infrastructure. From global environmental objectives to specific federal policy changes, the private sector is being asked to respond with the ability to specify low-embodied carbon materials. Discernment is in progress around data and tools, meanwhile federal policy in particular is driving forward change that will impact both public and private sector procurement practices. This webinar will inform specifiers and those that support sustainability initiatives on current drivers resulting in greater demand for validated low-embodied carbon materials.

Session Takeaways

  • Understand the global environmental drivers of ESG and Net Zero that are reshaping business as usual to focus on specifying low-embodied carbon materials within the commercial real estate and infrastructure industries.
  • Learn how these drivers, particularly federal policy including GSA and EPA, are influencing product specifications and data demands in public and private sectors.
  • Demonstrate how green building rating systems, like GBI’s Green Globes, are adapting to reflect new market demands.
  • Identify tools to support these new specification requirements while understanding opportunities to further participate in refinement of federal government strategies.

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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.
This course is approved for AIA/HSW Learning Units

Relevant Practices

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


  • Vicki Worden, President & CEO, Green Building Initiative

    Vicki Worden is President & CEO of the Green Building Initiative (GBI), which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making buildings healthy places to live and work while reducing their impacts on the environment. In an age of great change, Worden is leading the GBI’s rapidly growing global community with a strong focus on delivering education and tools that allow the building industry to respond swiftly to new regulatory and market realities.

    GBI has certified more than 550 million square feet of commercial building space through its Green Globes® and Guiding Principles Compliance programs that support every building type from office and multifamily, industrial and manufacturing, stadiums and mega resorts, to life sciences and data centers.

  • Amlan Mukherjee, Ph.D., P.E., Chair of the Board, Green Building Initiative Director of Sustainability, WAP Sustainability Consulting

    Amlan Mukherjee is a Director of Sustainability at WAP Consulting, after completing 18 years as a Professor of Civil Engineering at Michigan Tech where he continues to advise graduate students. He has an extensive background in life cycle assessment for construction materials and has facilitated the development and implementation of the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the North American asphalt industry. He has served as a Life Cycle Assessment Specialist at the Federal Highways Administration (FHWA) supporting the Climate Challenge team and various efforts related to the implementation of sustainable public procurement. He also serves on the Acquisition Policy Federal Advisory Committee for the General Services Administration. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan.

May 25, 2023
Thu 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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