When: Tuesday, April 21 / 11:30 am – 8:00 pm
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Free Webinar-Action Now: Accelerating Pathways to Decarbonization (AIA Seattle)


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?


Four (4) live Zoom webinars will take place on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 between 8:30AM – 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

Join us online to learn from thought leaders and identify immediate actions we can take to accelerate decarbonization in the built environment. Click below for the full program schedule and speaker bios!

Regarding continuing education credits and certificates, please note:  

  • Participants in the LIVE webinars (up to 500 per session) are eligible to receive AIA continuing education credits, submitted by AIA Seattle within 2 weeks of the event date.
  • Participants interested in the full day summit (all four webinar sessions) must still register for each webinar session individually.
  • AIA Seattle will not submit continuing education credits for later viewings of any recorded webinars (though recordings of the webinars will be made available after the live event).
  • A “Certificate of Completion” for non-members will only be provided upon request.
  • Please direct all registration and credit questions to Zoe Guckenheimer.

Registration deadline: 12PM, April 20, 2020. All sessions and speakers subject to change. 


April 21, 8:30-10:30AM PT | Keynote Presentations + Discussion (2 LU HSW)

  • Sudha Nandagopal | CEO, Social Venture Partners International
  • Panama Bartholomy | Director, Building Decarbonization Coalition
  • Vincent Martinez | COO, Architecture 2030



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.


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.

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.


April 21, 11:00AM – 12:30PM PT |  Presentations + Panel Discussion (1.5 LU HSW)

  • Moderator: Kate Simonen, AIA, SE | Founding Director, Carbon Leadership Forum
  • Landry Watson | Executive Director, Sustainability, Alexandria Real Estate Equities
  • Kjell Anderson, AIA, LEED Fellow | Director of Sustainable Design, LMN
  • Keith Lindemulder | Environmental Business Development Manager, Nucor Corporation
  • Jordan Palmeri | Environmental Scientist and Policy Advisor, Portland, Oregon



Kate Simonen, AIA, SE, Founding Director, Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) | A convener, author and teacher, Kate authored the Life Cycle Assessment pocket handbook and the LCA Practice Guide and is co-chair of the Embodied Carbon Network – a global, open-access communications and action network. She has recently accepted the position of chair of the Department of Architecture and will start her role in Fall 2020.



April 21, 1:30 – 3:00PM PT | Panel Discussion + Case Studies (1.5 LU HSW)

  • Moderator: Amarpreet Sethi | Principal, tk1sc Engineers
  • Jonathan Heller, PE | President, Ecotope
  • Chris Hellstern, AIA, LFA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT | Living Building Challenge Services Director, The Miller Hull Partnership
  • David Logsdon | Director Electrification & Strategic Technology, Seattle City Light
  • Emily Doe, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP | Senior Associate, Weber Thompson
  • Hilary Noll, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador | Senior Associate, Sustainability Integration Leader, Mithun



Amarpreet Sethi, Principal, tk1sc | Amarpreet Sethi is a Principal at the Seattle office and leads the High-Performance Design and Sustainability practice for tk1sc engineering, a west coast Engineering firm. Amarpreet combines her knowledge of climate responsive design, building envelope, visual and thermal comfort, indoor air quality and high performing HVAC systems to give clients a clear understanding of the impact of design strategies and innovative solutions on building performance and user experience. Her passion for Architecture, building science and engin