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Workshop: Teaching Building Decarbonization to the Next Generation
February 29 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
In order to prepare the next generation of sustainability building professionals, engineering education must adapt. The Stanford Building Decarbonization Learning Accelerator (BDLA) provides free teaching resources to professors so they can easily integrate information about building decarbonization into their architecture, engineering, or construction management courses. Building decarbonization is also a critical environmental justice issue for communities of color, particularly Black communities. Black people are 75% more likely than their white counterparts to live in “fence-line” communities, which exist next to industrial facilities that produce noise, odor, traffic, and emissions that directly affect the population. In its first year, the BDLA focused on collaboration with HBCUs to highlight the importance of positioning Black sustainability professionals in leadership positions in the building sector. Through this process, we have learned the best approaches to teaching building decarbonization. We found that visually appealing lectures relevant to today’s world have gotten the most positive feedback. The curated building decarbonization materials allow professors to focus on their specific discipline. With a mixture of lectures, videos, and case studies, professors can decide which style works best for them.
This workshop will share the valuable lessons learned from the founder and program manager of the BDLA throughout the first year of operation. Professor Nea Maloo will also share her experience using BDLA materials to teach building decarbonization to her students at Howard University. This engaging session will provide professionals with a thorough understanding of the BDLA’s instructional materials and give them the tools to be able to teach these topics to their students.
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Discounts are available for group registration. A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals who need financial assistance to participate. Please apply two weeks before the program begins (e.g., 2/15/2024) to be considered for a scholarship for this workshop.
- Registration deadline is Thursday, February 29, 12:00 p.m. ET.
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- Cancellation Policy: A 20% processing fee applies to any cancellation prior to February 19, 2024. No refunds will be given after February 19, 2024.
- No substitutions are allowed.
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Avril Levasseur, Program Manager, Stanford Building Decarbonization Learning Accelerator
Avril Levasseur, PE joined Point Energy after earning an MS in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University. She strives to enable more efficient, healthy, and productive building environments through the application of rigorous analysis to the design process. She is also the Program Manager of the Stanford Building Decarbonization Learning Accelerator. Prior to joining Point Energy, Avril worked at Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides market-based solutions, engaging businesses, communities, and institutions to cost-effectively shift to efficiency and renewable energy. She has assisted in teaching courses on building decarbonization at Stanford and is the co-author of multiple papers on the topic, including a residential multifunctional heat pump study that was adapted for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Nea Maloo, Architect/Educator, Showcase Architects / Howard University
Nea Maloo is a licensed architect and founder of Showcase Architects. The firm’s design philosophy explores modern architecture through a spatial, material, and contextual approach combining contemporary techniques with sustainable systems. She is also an educator currently teaching Design, Building science courses, and Pro-practice classes at Howard University. She is the winner of the 2022 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Course Development Prize issued in collaboration with the Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. The competitive prize recognizes exemplary course proposals on the designated theme of Architecture, Climate Change, and Society. Environmental Justice (EJ) + Health + Decarbonization is the title of Maloo’s winning course proposal.
Her technical expertise and background in sustainability design bring a unique perspective to design, weaving architecture, and education to the built environment. Her courses range from building science and technology courses to creative solutions. Her research includes the intersection of Biophilia, biomimicry, health equity, and Building sciences. She is a robust role model and has presented several papers in local and national conventions on architecture, women, equity, digital architecture, and sustainability. She has also served on various panels to share her perspectives on a topic related to environmental design. She is an active member in AIA, NCARB, NOMA and president-elect at Building Technology educator society.
Peter Rumsey, Founder, Stanford Building Decarbonization Learning Accelerator and Point Energy Innovations
I have designed over 40 LEED platinum projects, I am an ASHRAE and Association of Energy Engineers Fellow, served as an Senior fellow of the Rocky Mountain Institute, taught at Stanford for over 10 years, founded Point Energy Innovations and The Stanford Building Decarbonization Learning Accelerator. I am currently working with HBCUs on building decarbonization curriculum development and leading the decarbonization design of the AIA headquarters in Washington DC. With Howard University, developed the nation’s first architecture course fully dedicated to building decarbonization.
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