June, 16 | 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Track 3A | ESG and Carbon Reporting

Avril Levasseur

Stanford Building Decarbonization Learning Accelerator | Program Manager

Presentation Title:

Building Decarbonization Education for the Next Generation


In order to prepare the next generation of building professionals, engineering education must adapt. The Stanford Building Decarbonization Learning Accelerator (BDLA) provides free teaching resources to professors so they can easily integrate information about building decarbonization into their architecture, engineering, or construction management courses.

Building decarbonization is also a critical environmental justice issue for communities of color, particularly Black communities. Black people are 75% more likely than their white counterparts to live in “fence-line” communities, which exist next to industrial facilities that produce noise, odor, traffic, and emissions that directly affect the population. In its first year, the BDLA focused on collaboration with HBCUs to highlight the importance of positioning Black AEC professionals in leadership positions in the building sector. Through this process, we have learned the best approaches to teaching building decarbonization.

This session will share the work being done by the BDLA, to give participants an understanding of how the education of students and young professionals in the built environment field must adapt to give them the tools they need to combat the climate emergency. Decarbonization is a paradigm shift in building design, and teaching it effectively is the key to unlocking this transformation.


Avril Levasseur, PE joined Point Energy Innovations after earning an MS in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University. She is also the Program Manager of the Stanford Building Decarbonization Learning Accelerator, which provides decarbonization curriculum to universities nation wide. She strives to enable more efficient, healthy, and productive building environments through the application of rigorous analysis to the design process. Prior to joining Point Energy, Avril worked at Rocky Mountain Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides market-based solutions, engaging businesses, communities, and institutions to cost-effectively shift to efficiency and renewable energy. She has given numerous lectures on building decarbonization, including at Stanford, and is the co-author of multiple papers on the topic.

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