October 2021

Making Embodied Carbon Mainstream

Translating Integrated Approaches to Emissions Reductions into Practice

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Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 11:45 AM–12:00 PM Pacific Time: Login
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Pacific Time: Webinar
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Hannah Teicher, PhD
Researcher in Residence, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)
Credit: Eligible for 1 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning
Cost: Free
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This webinar will introduce a framework for tackling embodied carbon by integrating it with current work in the domains of waste, equity, and preservation. The speaker will present the context for understanding the impact of embodied carbon in the built environment, recent policy developments, and the case for leveraging the sunk carbon in existing buildings. Current case studies of best practices and evolving projects at the leading edge of practice will be reviewed. Ample time will be provided for audience engagement to advance discussion on this topic which is gaining momentum in BC.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain and understanding of what embodied carbon is and why it matters;
  • Develop familiarity with the current policy landscape with a focus on BC and North America;
  • Make connections between embodied carbon and the circular economy; and
  • Review case studies to understand how embodied carbon principles translate into practice.

Key Takeaways:

  • Though embodied carbon may seem like a new area of practice, it can be addressed through many well-developed aspects of practice.
  • Work on embodied carbon is gaining traction with municipal and industry leaders.
  • Prolonging the life of existing buildings is a priority to meet climate targets.
  • With an integrated approach, embodied carbon is an untapped opportunity that is actionable across the building sector.


Hannah Teicher, PhD

Researcher in Residence, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)

Hannah Teicher, PhD, is the Researcher in Residence for the built environment at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) where she builds collaborations between academia, government, industry, and NGOs for applied climate research. Her work focuses on local climate action within a complex governance context, tackling issues such as embodied carbon and assisted relocation. Hannah received a PhD in urban and regional planning from MIT and a Master of Architecture from UBC. Before beginning her research career, Hannah practiced architecture in Vancouver with a focus on sustainable community projects.

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