The Port of Seattle, along with a growing number of government and industry leaders, recognize that the materials used in constructing our buildings generate pollution even before they arrive on our property. A significant portion of carbon emissions, the pollution that causes global warming, are from operations like lighting, heating, and cooling. At least half of the carbon footprint of these new buildings will take the form of embodied carbon — the emissions generated when building materials are manufactured and transported to the construction site.
Identifying construction techniques that reduce carbon emissions is a key strategy for meeting the Port’s commitment to becoming the greenest and most energy-efficient port in North America. With more than $3.7 billion in capital development underway at SEA to make travel more efficient and enjoyable, the Port is one of the area’s largest investors in our infrastructure.
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The architecture community is abuzz with talk about reducing embodied carbon in buildings. We asked Jennifer O’Connor, president of the Athena...