From their iconic skylines to beautiful and historic architecture, buildings and infrastructure define our cities. They protect, connect, and create spaces for people to live, work, study, visit and play. However, our built environment is also one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and drives a significant amount of air pollution in our cities. The construction sector alone is responsible for more than 23% of global GHG emissions and consumes more than 30% of global resources. The global COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the need for our built environment to support public health and improve resilience, adaptability, and equity. A number of cities have already committed to ensure their buildings and infrastructure support a green agenda and promote healthy, sustainable, and energy efficient communities via C40’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration.
The webinar will address issues like what the C40 commitment is, what the city of LA is doing to meet it’s C40 Clean Construction commitment.
About the Speaker
Megan Ross is a Climate Advisor with the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, working in partnership with the American Cities Climate Challenge and NRDC. Her policy portfolio in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability focuses on buildings and energy, including decarbonization pathways, energy benchmarking and performance standards, and energy equity in the built environment. Previous experience includes sustainability consulting for clients in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest as well as project management and GIS for the engineering industry in Alaska. She holds an M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and an M.Sci. in GIS from University of Denver.
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