“The Green Awaking: A Potential Future Carbon Economy and Determining Your Building’s CO2 Footprint ”

Awareness is rising within society as a whole about the issue of determining a building’s carbon footprint. New regulations may be coming that will require compilation of greenhouse gas emissions, and programs likely will come about that involve carbon emissions trading or perhaps a ‘carbon tax’. In a period with increased awareness of the potential for global climate change, our industry may soon be required to account for carbon emissions in existing or future projects. This session provides a brief historical summary of how environmental awareness and regulation developed and then an overview of the rapidly evolving regulatory and economic market changes. The session also discusses methods and procedures for completing a building’s CO2 footprint.


Dr. Lawrence is the Mechanical Engineering program lead with the University of Georgia, and has 40 years of professional experience. He spent his first 18 years in industry and after going back for his PhD at Purdue he has been at UGA since January 2004. He is a former chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8 and is a member of the committee that wrote and maintains ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for High Performance Green Buildings. As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he gives seminars related to high-performance buildings at venues around the world. Dr. Lawrence was named an ASHRAE Fellow in 2017 and was a Director-at-Large on the Board of Directors for ASHRAE from 2016-2019. Dr. Lawrence has a B.S. with Highest Distinction in Environmental Science from Purdue University (1978), a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University (1982) and a second M.S. degree in Engineering Management from Washington University in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in the spring of 2004.