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Sustainability in Design & Development: The Significance of Renewable Energy, Importance of Reduced Carbon Emissions, & Dispelling Project Cost Myths


May 13, 2020 02:59 PM

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Julia Raish
Senior Project Manager, Sustainable Buildings, Amazon
Julia leads the sustainable buildings program for Amazon Worldwide Sustainability. Her team drives renewable energy initiatives across Amazon’s global buildings portfolio. This team supports the adoption of sustainable building practices to meet The Climate Pledge— Amazon’s commitment to become net zero carbon. She and her team also support business by piloting new technologies, and developing buildings that support the health and wellbeing of employees, and resource efficiency. Her team also owns the tracking and measurement of progress against these companywide goals to empower other businesses and support their building sustainability efforts. Julia has spoken at conferences on the local, regional and national level. She also teaches courses on sustainable buildings and environments at Shoreline Community College, and has guest lectured at other universities. She is on the Board of Building Transparency, a non-profit dedicated to reducing embodied carbon in the built environment.
Stacey Smedley
Director of Sustainability, Skanska, USA Building
Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, and over 15 years in the architecture and construction professions. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington State as well as the first project in the world to be certified under Living Building Version 2.0 standards. At Skanska, Stacy leads sustainable initiatives, and is considered a subject matter expert in LEED, Living Building Challenge and carbon emissions associated with buildings and construction. In her role at the newly established nonprofit, Building Transparency, Stacy leads the continued management and development of the free, open-access Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool and works to educate and engage the building industry on actionably reducing embodied carbon emissions of building materials.
Allan Montpellier
Principal, PAE
Allan is a mechanical engineer and Principal at PAE with over 26 years of experience and a passion for high-performance buildings. Four of his projects have been awarded the AIA COTE award, many of his projects have achieved LEED ratings, and more than 20 are currently on the path to ratings from Silver to Platinum. He focuses on developing integrated systems through innovative alternatives that lean heavily on sustainable-design strategies. Allan measures success based on a building’s actual performance and, most importantly, the relationships formed along the way.