Virginia’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) is pleased to announce the launch of Embodied Carbon 101. The 12-part series is free and takes place weekly on Tuesdays from noon–1:30 p.m. Each segment of the series features pre-recorded content followed by discussion and Q&A period with a subject matter expert.

Embodied Carbon 101 is designed to help designers understand embodied carbon and immediately apply that knowledge to projects to reduce emissions and get to zero carbon.

Unlike operational carbon, which can be reduced during a building’s lifetime, embodied carbon is “locked in” as soon as a building is completed. Over 12 courses, you’ll learn how to measure, manage, and implement practical solutions from expert practitioners including architects and sustainable building product manufacturers. Buildings contribute about 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, and embodied carbon is a big slice of the pie. Let’s all do our part to get to zero together.

Earn 1.5 AIA LU | HSW per course


July 19: Embodied Carbon 101: Basic Literacy

July 26: Embodied Carbon 101: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

Aug. 2: Embodied Carbon 101: Envelope

Aug. 9: Embodied Carbon 101: Structure

Aug. 16: Embodied Carbon 101: MEP

Aug. 23: Embodied Carbon 101: Interiors

Aug. 30: Embodied Carbon 101: Procurement

Sept. 6: Embodied Carbon 101: Carbon Accounting

Sept. 13: Embodied Carbon 101: Certifications + Commitments—An Overview

Sept. 20: Embodied Carbon 101: Certifications + Commitments—A Deeper Dive

Sept. 27: Embodied Carbon 101: Making the Case

Oct. 4: Embodied Carbon 101: Process + Firm Culture

The series is hosted by Virginia COTE with support from AIA Virginia’s Knowledge Community Grant program and the following annual partners:




Bamforth Engineers + Surveyors

The series was developed b the Boston Society for Architecture with support from CLF Boston, the Boston Hub of the Carbon Leadership Forum.