04:05 PM - 05:00 PM
15 September 2020

Sustainability, Embodied Carbon & SE2050

This session will explain the recently launched Structural Engineers (SE) 2050 Commitment Program developed by the ASCE SEI Sustainability Committee. The SE 2050 Commitment Program is a national program with the goal of reducing the embodied carbon of structural systems to net zero by 2050 through education, tracking of embodied carbon, and establishing reduction targets over time. Modeled after the AIA 2030 Commitment, this program focuses on tracking and reducing embodied carbon in structural systems. SE 2050 is the first U.S. embodied carbon reduction program focused on structural systems. This session will provide attendees with the roadmap to getting to net zero by 2050 and will educate attendees on strategies to reduce the embodied carbon of the built environment. Attendees will learn about the embodied carbon differences of various structural materials. Case studies, examples, resources and practical tips for reducing the embodied carbon of structural systems will also be presented. Attendees will also hear from a member of The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) about how the United Kingdom is tackling embodied carbon and changing the way buildings and infrastructure is designed, commissioned and constructed.


  • Michael Gryniuk, P.E. Associate, LeMessurier, Boston


  • Frances Yang, SE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP Sustainable Structures & Materials Specialist, Arup, San Francisco
  • William Arnold, Meng, CEng, MIStructE Senior Structural Engineer, Arup, London