• Toward Carbon Positive Architecture

Toward Carbon Positive Architecture

  • 06 Apr 2022
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Join us for an educational session to look at lessons learned from more than a decade in net-zero construction and its evolution from mission-driven clients to potential mass market adoption.

Carbon positive and net zero energy buildings are a cornerstone of reversing runaway greenhouse gas emissions, which will support occupant health through cleaner air, social equity through placing higher disposable income within the hands of occupants, sustainability through doing more with less, and safety through mitigation of urban noise as cities become larger and more dense. 

Blake Jackson, AIA/LEED Fellow, US Northeast Sustainability Leader from Stantec Boston will present two case studies of recent projects, as part of his presentation:

1) the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO (a LEED Platinum, 2011 AIA COTE Top 10 Award winning project), and

2) Evolv1, a developer core/shell office building in Waterloo, Ontario (LEED Platinum and Canada’s 1st verified Carbon Positive Building – 2018).

WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 5:00 PM

WHERE: This in-person event will be held on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Innovation Studio, Room 115.

PRICE: Free Event



1. Participants will learn about the drivers for net-zero buildings across North America.

2. Participants will learn about passive and active design strategies inherent in the DNA of net-zero buildings.

3. Participants will learn about tools, processes, and work flows to better integrate net-zero buildings as a goal and outcome of design and construction.

4. Participants will gain insight into how technology has shifted over the last decade to better enable the mainstreaming of net-zero construction through cost reductions.


Blake Jackson, AIA is a Senior Associate and serves as US Northeast Sustainability Design Leader with Stantec - Boston. He works at the nexus of sustainability, wellness, and resiliency, serving as a company-wide resource for projects seeking measurable carbon reductions and third-party certifications. He has 20 years' experience in the AEC industry, and holds a Master in Sustainable Environmental Design from the AA Graduate School in London, UK. Blake is a prolific author, speaker, and educator, recently having served as Vice President of Advocacy with the Boston Society of Architects and as an Adjunct Faculty with the Boston Architectural College, Roger Williams University, and UMass Dartmouth. He is currently leading sustainability services for several major mixed-use commercial, multifamily, and master planning projects in, and around, Boston, including the redevelopment of the former Boston Globe Headquarters. In 2015, Blake was nationally recognized as a top “40 Under 40” built environment professional by Building Design + Construction Magazine, and in 2021, he was honored by the USGBC by being named a LEED Fellow.

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