Roadmap to Zero: A conversation with Ed Mazria

MON, NOV 9, 2015 (1:42:49)

Boston has joined an elite group of cities pledging to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80% or more by 2050. Consider two facts: one, that 73% of Boston’s GHG emissions is attributed to buildings; and two, a typical city renews three quarters of itself through tear down, new building, and renovation about every 30 years, according to leading urban design think tank Architecture 2030. Together, they point to the need for Boston to seize the next 30-35 year natural renewal cycle and consciously use it to transform all buildings, modes of transportation, energy sources, and activities that currently produce GHG emissions. Given the large percentage of emissions attributed to buildings, the urban form and function of Boston is likely to change in many exciting and positive ways. What would a roadmap of change look like from 2015 to 2050? Ed Mazria challenges the audience to focus on the pathways for Boston to achieve de-carbonization in three short decades, from building technologies and planning approaches to policy and regulatory innovations.

+ BIO: Edward Mazria

Edward Mazria, FAIA is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator who focuses on how to transition the urban built environment to a carbon-free future. He is the founder of the nonprofit think tank Architecture 2030 and the 2030 Challenge, which asks that all new buildings, developments, and major renovations be carbon-neutral by 2030. Ed is the author of the 2015 report Achieving 80 x 50: Reducing Energy Use, Creating Jobs, and Phasing Out Carbon Emissions in New York City’s Buildings.

+ BIO: Mike Davis FAIA

Michael R. Davis, FAIA, LEED®, a Principal and Vice President at Bergmeyer Associates, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, is a practicing architect, and educator, and an advocate for sustainable public policy. He is 2012 Vice President/President-Elect of the Boston Society of Architects and Co-Chairs the AIA Massachusetts Government Affairs Committee. Mr. Davis advises the Boston Redevelopment Authority as Chair of the Boston Civic Design Commission has served on the Boston Mayor Menino’s Green Building Task Force, Massachusetts Governor Patrick’s Net Zero Energy Building Task Force and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Boston Foundation for Architecture. For the American Institute of Architects, he has participated in three (2010 - 2012) and led two Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) charrettes in Ithaca, NY, DeKalb County, GA, and Augusta, GA.

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Boston Society of Architects/AIA and the BSA Foundation
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Climate Change