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Thursday, October 8 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Decarbonization in Under-Resourced Communities

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We are experiencing a challenging time in the United States. While under quarantine due to the ravages of Covid-19 with wildfires burning and icebergs melting, the tragic murders of George Floyd and so many other people of color have ignited a movement and woken many up to the urgent need to end our country’s history or racism and inequity. While the focus of this conference is on Zero Carbon, we cannot focus on that in isolation of all of these other events. They are all connected and, in this country, low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by all of them – bearing many of the burdens and few, if any, of the rewards. As we work toward decarbonization across industries and geographies, we need to ensure that low-income communities are not left behind or further harmed. We need to focus on rebuilding our communities to be healthy, resilient, and sustainable beginning with a focus on community and economic development with and for marginalized low-income communities and communities of color.
We know the why, this session focuses on the HOW. How do we rebuild our communities to be healthy, resilient, and sustainable with a focus on community and economic development with and for marginalized low-income communities and communities of color? You will hear from:
  • A design leader focusing on helping architects, planners, and clients connect carbon goals with social impact.
  • An energy commissioner developing, implementing, and evaluating policies and programs overtime that are focused on decarbonization, health, and equity.
  • A manufacturing professional leveraging a commitment to corporate sustainability to partner with low-income communities on decarbonization projects. 
Come learn about design, policy, and partnering strategies and how you can be bigger part of the solution moving forward.

This session has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

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Kathleen Smith

Director, Technical Support Services, ILFI
As Vice President of the Living Building Challenge, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world.  In addition, she leads the Institute’s strategic and technical consulting services with... Read More →

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Ramie Vagal

Senior Sustainability Manager, Mohawk Group
Ramie Vagal  is a multi-disciplinary professional with a strong background in sustainability and architecture. At Mohawk, Ramie leads strategic sustainability initiatives that create positive impacts on a social, cultural, economic and environmental level. She has the ability to... Read More →
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Sheryl Owen

Senior Sustainability Manager, HLW
Sheryl Owen is a Senior Sustainability Analyst.  Sheryl is passionate about creating a sustainable environment where everyone can thrive. She not only helps clients meet their contractual sustainability goals but also serves as a resource to understand carbon reduction techniques... Read More →
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Andrew McAllister

Commissioner, California Energy Commission
Andrew McAllister was appointed to the California Energy Commission by Governor Edmund G. Brown in May, 2012, and reappointed in January 2017. He is lead commissioner on energy efficiency and forecasting.    Andrew has worked for 3 decades in a variety of capacities across... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT