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Action Now: Accelerating Pathways to Decarbonization

For many years, our focus as a professional association has been on reducing or eliminating operating carbon from new buildings. But the significant scale and urgent timeframe of our climate crisis demand interventions that are broad and immediate, and that recognize decarbonization is directly correlated to health, safety, and equity in our communities.

Considering: 1) Reducing embodied carbon in new construction, including the construction process; 2) Electrification of buildings; and 3) Retrofitting existing buildings, this year’s thought leadership summit will explore high-impact actions in policy and practice that make actionable differences in atmospheric carbon over the next five years.

What are the data-driven interventions that will pay the highest dividends immediately, and what will position us to stay on the path to 2030 targets and net-zero 2050? What are the regulatory and financial frameworks necessary to support this scale and urgency?

Join us on April 21 to learn from thought leaders and identify immediate actions we can take to accelerate decarbonization in the built environment.

This program will now be delivered via live webinar. Re-opened registration and more information coming soon!

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2020.


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Live webinar times to be determined. 

Sessions Include: 

  • Keynote Presentations + Discussion
  • Embodied Carbon: The New Frontier
  • Electrification of Buildings: Designing for Decarbonization
  • Retrofitting Existing Buildings

All speakers and sessions subject to change. 


Sudha Nandagopal, CEO, Social Venture Partners International | Sudha Nandagopal is connector, organizer, network facilitator, strategist, and movement builder focused on democratizing systems of power and shifting power outward to those most affected by injustice. Sudha has worked in and with government, labor, national and international organizations, and serves as a consultant on racial equity and organizational strategy to foundations, campaigns, and other agencies. Most recently, she co-created and led the first-of-its kind City of Seattle’s Equity & Environment Initiative. Sudha joined SVP International as CEO in February 2019.


Vincent Martinez, Chief Operating Officer, Architecture 2030 | Vincent Martinez is Chief Operating Officer of Architecture 2030, where he has developed robust networks focused on private sector commitments, education and training. Vincent executes Architecture 2030’s goals by coordinating their exceptional staff on strategic, impactful projects and programs. He also helps set the organization’s vision and currently leads Architecture 2030’s work on urban zero-net-carbon buildings, including the ZERO Code, Achieving Zero framework, and Zero Cities Project with 11 leading US cities.


Panama Bartholomy, Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition | Panama Bartholomy is the Director of the Building Decarbonization Coalition, a multi-sector forum advocating for and creating solutions for our pollution-intensive building stock. He has worked on climate solutions in over 30-countries, presented at and collaborated on products from the United Nations, the International Energy Agency and the European Commission. Panama has served as Deputy Director of the California Energy Commission’s Efficiency and Renewables Division and advisor for Chairwomen Douglas and Pfannenstiel. He has worked for the California Conservation Corps on vocational environmental education, and ran the Sustainable Schools program for the Division of the State Architect.

More speaker information to come. All speakers and sessions subject to change. 


  • Describe the measurable co-benefits of decarbonization, which include health, safety, and racial equity in communities.
  • Evaluate high-impact policy interventions that make actionable differences in atmospheric carbon produced by the built environment.
  • Explore the regulatory and financial frameworks that support 2030 targets and net-zero 2050 commitments.
  • Through design case studies, analyze three categories of decarbonization intervention: embodied carbon, electrification of buildings, and retrofitting existing buildings.


Summit Sponsors


Chair: Daniel Munn
Sandra Mallory | City of Seattle
Vincent Martinez | Architecture 2030
Tom Marseille | Integral Group
Steve Moddemeyer | Collins Woerman
Kate Simonen | University of Washington
Nicole Winn | Weber Thompson

Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact Zoe Guckenheimer, Program & Project Coordinator at AIA Seattle

Program Questions?
Contact Cassie Blair, Associate Director of Programs & Impact at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact Kimber Leblicq, Managing Director at AIA Seattle


April 21
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Class Credit




AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938