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SITES Community Call: Carbon + Climate Positive Design
This SITES Community Call focuses on understanding and improving a project’s impact on carbon.

The carbon footprint of the built environment is often understood in terms of construction, energy use and transportation. However, in order to effectively address the climate crisis, we must seek opportunities to sequester carbon and use strategies that facilitate a regenerative built environment in the future. Studies show that with concerted global action on land use over the next decade, nature-based solutions can be a significant and necessary part of the climate solution.

Reducing a site’s carbon footprint is an inherent design objective in landscapes that conserve water and materials. Through strategies in the SITES Rating System, projects can reduce carbon emissions, limit fossil fuel consumption, and protect and create carbon sinks.


Pamela Conrad, CMG Landscape Architecture: Pamela brings a strong ecological background to her projects and works on resiliency and climate change solutions focused on transforming challenged urban areas into socially valued and ecologically performing public open spaces.

Kevin Burke, Atlanta BeltLine Inc.: Kevin has more than three decades of experience on a plethora of institutional and infrastructure projects. He coordinates design and construction for all public open spaces within the BeltLine implementing the requirement that all ABI projects initiated since 2018 will be SITES certified.

Pamela will discuss how thoughtful design can result in landscapes that sequester more carbon than they emit - going beyond carbon neutral to Climate Positive Design, and Kevin will share his team’s efforts on the Westside Trail portion of the Atlanta Beltline around lowering the carbon footprint on this SITES project.

Join this SITES Community Call to hear their stories and learn about the Pathfinder tool, how SITES addresses carbon and climate positive outcomes and other exciting SITES program updates.

Jul 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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