2022 Fall Forum

Focus on the Footprint:  Making Strides in Building Sustainably

November 30, 2022

Town Hall Seattle & Virtual Event

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Event Information

The Structural Engineers Foundation is thrilled to announce details for its 12th Annual Fall Forum held on November 30 in person at Town Hall Seattle and livestreamed for virtual viewing. “Focus on the Footprint: Making Strides in Building Sustainably” will address efforts to reduce and ultimately eliminate embodied carbon in the built environment.


The keynote speaker will be Kate Simonen of the University of Washington and the Carbon Leadership Forum. To round out a discussion that traverses the building industry, Kate will be joined by Katie Ross of Microsoft, Kjell Anderson of LMN Architects, Chris Jeseritz of PCS Structural Solutions, and Stacy Smedley of Building Transparency.


While the concept of a “carbon footprint” is widely understood, the concept of “embodied carbon” is a bit more abstract. Just how much carbon is emitted to produce a steel beam, a cubic yard of concrete, a glass chandelier, or even a doorknob? The architecture, engineering, and construction industry has made incredible progress in the last decade quantifying carbon impacts, identifying strategies for improvement, and enacting real change – and the efforts still in the works are impressive. How do the various players work together? What is at risk here? How are structural engineers contributing to the conversation? And most importantly – what happens now?


SEFW invites you to the 12th Annual Fall Forum, where representatives from across the building industry will dive into embodied carbon and the efforts to reduce it and ultimately achieve net zero. Learn more on topics ranging from environmental product declarations and decarbonizing building materials to construction calculators and industry initiatives – and much more. The Forum will help quantify our carbon impact, inspire innovation, and align the industry disciplines as we focus on the footprint of what we design and construct.


As always, the Forum is free and open to the general public!

About our Speakers

Kate Simonen, AIA, S.E., is the executive director of the Carbon Leadership Forum and Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. Licensed as an architect and structural engineer, she connects significant professional experience in high performance building design and technical expertise in environmental life cycle assessment she works to spur collective action to bring net embodied carbon to zero through cutting-edge research, cross-sector collaboration, and the incubation of new approaches. Kate directs the research of the Carbon Leadership Forum and convenes collaborative initiatives such as the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (the EC3 tool) and the Structural Engineers 2050 Challenge.


Katie Ross, leads Sustainability for Microsoft's Real Estate portfolio and is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategy across the company's office portfolio of more than 33 million square feet, enabling Microsoft’s commitment to be a Carbon Negative, Water Positive, Zero Waste company by 2030. Katie's career has been dedicated to the adoption of high performance, healthy, sustainable buildings. She oversees sustainability strategy for Microsoft's new campuses including Puget Sound, Israel, and Silicon Valley, and works with global sites to implement operational best practices. She prides herself on being a 'sustainability translator' – ensuring that Microsoft's employees and the public understand the nuances and importance of sustainability topics.


Stacy Smedley, is the Executive Director of Building Transparency, a Washington state nonprofit that developed and manages the Embodied Carbon in Construction calculator (EC3). Stacy has close to 20 years experience in the design and construction industry, with much of her work as a preconstruction manager and director of sustainability at Skanska. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington and first project in the world certified under Living Building Version 2.0, the Bertschi School Living Science Building. Stacy served as a member of the AIA National Materials Knowledge Working Group, advisory board member for the Carbon Leadership Forum, founding member of Washington Businesses for Climate Action, Membership Chair for Cascadia Green Building Council, Regional Emerging Professionals Recruitment Chair for USGBC, Sustainable Curriculum Consultant, and 2013 Scholar in Residence for the National Association of Independent Schools. She is a 2012 Living Building Hero.


Kjell Anderson, FAIA, LEED Fellow, serves as a Principal and the Director of Sustainable Design at LMN Architects, working with all of LMN’s clients to set and exceed sustainable design goals. He wrote the first architect-centered book on energy modeling, co-authored AIA’s first policy statement on climate change, and has spoken extensively on energy, water, materials, and embodied carbon. He founded the Seattle Hub of the Carbon Leadership Forum and serves on the AIA National Committee on the Environment and the Washington State Building Code Council where he chairs the Energy Code Technical Advisory Group.


Chris Jeseritz, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, is a Project Manager at PCS Structural Solutions, a consulting structural engineering firm in the Pacific Northwest. At PCS, he manages a variety of project types and the company’s internal sustainability engineering team. He serves as chair of the SEAW Sustainability Committee, Communications Leader for the Structural Engineers (SE) 2050 Commitment Program, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute’s (SEI) Sustainability Committee.


Corporate & Individual Partnerships

Corporate sponsorship opportunities exist at Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels for both firms and individuals interested in supporting SEFW. Additionally, three event-specific sponsoring opportunities are available which can further promote your firm brand during the Fall Forum:  a venue sponsor, a reception sponsor, and the video recording sponsor.


Included with a corporate partnership are tickets to a pre-function networking reception; several instances of print, online, and verbal recognition; strategic placement of your corporate logo; and much more.


Individual donors may also elect to become a "Friend of the Foundation" for a $100 tax-deductible gift. All “Friends” will be recognized at the event.


Donations are key to SEFW’s continued funding of its charitable mission through scholarship, education, research, and outreach — all of which contribute to supporting the AEC industry.


To make a donation, please contact the SEFW administrator at or call 206.451.7475. You may also contact any of our Board of Directors.


Register today!

Registration is requested for the SEFW Forum. For in-person attendance, pre-registration helps us make plans for what to expect at the venue. For virtual viewing, it allows us to send you a personalized link for logging on and timely reminders. While registration will be accepted up until the day of the Forum, anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of registration status.


Please note that Town Hall Seattle does not have any active COVID protocols in place, including vaccination or masking requirements.


The event includes a pre-function networking reception for sponsors, "Friends of the Foundation," speakers, and special guests. Individuals may attend the reception with a $40 donation to SEFW or by becoming a "Friend of the Foundation" with a $100 gift.



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