Sustainability in the Built Environment: Why Materials Matter? 8/23/18 at 1pm EST

Sustainability in the Built Environment: Why Materials Matter? 8/23/18 at 1pm EST

EPA Sustainable Material Management webinar

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The built environment touches all aspects of our lives, encompassing the buildings we live in, the distribution systems that provide us with water and electricity, and the roads, bridges, and transportation systems we use to get from place to place. Creating all these spaces and systems requires enormous quantities of materials. As competition for natural resources continues to intensify due to global population and economic growth, the availability of materials will be subject to increased uncertainty. The webinar will introduce the importance of using and reusing materials in the most productive and sustainable way over their entire life cycles to help address the material and resource needs in the built environment.

This webinar will feature presentations from the Carbon Leadership Forum, Building Materials Reuse Association, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery:

Carbon Leadership Forum is an industry-academic collaboration hosted at the University of Washington. The Forum members are a professional community of manufacturers, designers, builders and academics focused on reducing the carbon ’embodied’ in building materials. In 2016, the Carbon Leadership Forum convened the Embodied Carbon Network to provide a mechanism for individuals to connect and promote awareness of embodied carbon in the built environment. Check out their website here:

U.S. EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Program is focusing on advancing the sustainable use of materials in the construction, maintenance, and end-of-life management of the nation’s built environment (i.e., roads, buildings, and other infrastructure) both to conserve materials as well as promote community resiliency to natural and man-made disasters. The built environment is one of several priority areas in Agency’s National Sustainable Materials Management Program. Visit our website at