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2023 Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment

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2023 Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment

October 25-27, 2023
Renaissance Arlington Capital View
Washington D.C. Metro Area

Registration for the 2023 Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment is Sold Out. If you are a speaker for this conference please email for directions on how to register.

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Important Know Before You Go:

IN-PERSON ATTENDEES  OnDemand Session Recording Access

The Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment will be an information and idea exchange, between stakeholders in the built environment industry, concerning the timely and important topic of reducing carbon emissions from buildings.  The goal is to discuss the design, construction, ownership, and operation of facilities targeted for reduced or neutral impact on the environment with respect to carbon footprint.  A primary objective of the conference is to enhance the knowledge base in North America on decarbonization efforts.

The conference is organized by ASHRAE, AIA, APPA, BOMA, and IFMA.

The conference will focus on educating attendees on methods to decrease carbon emissions, both embodied and operational, in order to reduce the impact of buildings on the climate crises. The conference program will address current and future governmental policies and regulations for which engineers, architects, owners and operators need to be aware of to address environmentally-responsible building requirements.

“The goal of this conference is to bring persons who work in all aspects of building design, construction, operation, ownership and management into the same room to address how the building industry as a whole can improve the impact buildings have on the global climate crises,” said ASHRAE President-Elect Ginger Scoggins. “Since building design, construction and operation contribute close to 40% of total global emissions of carbon, it is imperative that we all work together to develop a path forward to address our impact”.

“The built environment generates nearly 40 percent of CO2 emissions annually with approximately 27 percent attributed to building operations, placing significant responsibility for reducing operational and embodied carbon emissions on the built environment industry. We must take the lead in ensuring that what we design, construct, operate and manage is achieved thoughtfully, strategically, collaboratively. Working together to reduce or reverse the harmful impacts of our buildings is empowering, but we need direction on how to go about it. ASHRAE’s Decarbonization Conference will help us integrate our perspectives to help our industry take meaningful action.” - Laurie A. Gilmer, P.E., CFM, FMP, SFP, LEED AP, Chair, IFMA’s Global Board of Directors

  • Keynote Speakers
  • Registration

    Registration for the 2023 Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment is Sold Out. If you are a speaker for this conference please email for directions on how to register.

    Early Bird Registration: (June 5th – Sept 1st) Rate
    Member (ASHRAE, AIA, APPA, BOMA, IFMA) $  660.00
    Non Member $  700.00
    Regular Registration: (Starts Sept 2nd) Rate
    Member (ASHRAE, AIA, APPA, BOMA, IFMA) $  700.00
    Non Member $  740.00
    Other Registration:  Rate
    Speaker  $  450.00
    Student $  300.00
    On-Demand Virtual Access Member $  300.00
    On-Demand Virtual Access Non-Member $  350.00
    One Day (Available Onsite Only, Does not include post conference access to session recordings) $  280.00

    *Once on the conference registration page, please be sure to click the Registration Type drop down menu to ensure you are selecting the most accurate registration type for your organization membership.  


     In-person Attendees will receive the following:

    • On-site Access to Technical Program from October 25-27, 2023.
    • Interactive Conference App: ASHRAE 365
    • Welcome Reception on Tuesday, October 24, 2023
    • Breakfast, lunch and breaks on Wednesday, October 25th
    • Breakfast, lunch, and breaks and closing reception on Thursday, October 26th
    • Breakfast, morning break on Friday, October 27th
    • 12 month access to recordings of all conference sessions including Keynote Presentations

    On-Demand Virtual Access Attendees will receive the following:

    • Interactive Conference App: ASHRAE 365
    • Access to the Virtual Conference page for 12 months post-Conference. The Virtual Conference includes access to:
      • Recordings of all sessions within 24 hours of in-person session.
  • YEA Sponsored Happy Hour & Tour

    Date: 10/25/23
    Registration $10

    Registration Includes:

    • Tour
    • Transportation
    • 2 Drink tickets for happy hour
    • Bus Pick up at Conference Hotel: 4:30 PM

    Tour Time: 5 PM
    Tour: Lubber Run Community Center
    Featuring net-zero energy design and a landscape-focused approach to the surrounding park, Lubber Run Community Center offers a holistic response to an urban challenge – ultimately creating public space that is greater and greener for residents.

    Happy Hour Time: 6- 8 PM
    Happy Hour Location: Courthaus Social
    2300 Clarendon Blvd
    Arlington, VA 22201

    Register Here

  • Sponsorship

    The conference organizers are pleased to offer several sponsorship opportunities to engage industry participation. All sponsors will have their company logo and name on the event flyer, the conference web site and recognition during the conference. A summary of the specific benefits of each sponsorship level is included. If you have questions or are interesting in being a sponsor, please contact Staci Loeffler


  • Thank you to our Sponsors

    Thank you to the following sponsors of the 2023 Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment!


    Diamond Sponsor


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    Bronze Sponsor

    Lanyard Sponsor

  • Steering Committee

    Steering Committee:

    • Wade Conlan, ASHRAE (Chair)
    • Chris Gray, ASHRAE (Vice Chair)
    • Ginger Scoggins, ASHRAE President
    • Darryl Boyce, ASHRAE
    • Bing Liu, ASHRAE
    • Craig Bradshaw, ASHRAE
    • Marianna Vallejo, ASHRAE
    • Kathleen Lane, AIA
    • Michele Mihelic, AIA
    • Don Davis, BOMA
    • Ken Rosenfeld, BOMA
    • Lander Medlin, APPA
    • Laurie Gilmer, IFMA
    • Don Gilpin, IFMA
  • Hotel and Travel

    The 2023 Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment will take place at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View located at 2800 S Potomac Ave, Arlington, VA 22202, October 25-27, 2023.

    • Book by Friday, October 6, 2023 to receive the discounted group rate of $279 + tax per night.

    Book Now

    Visa Letter

    Click the button below to fill out the form and have a visa letter generated for you.


    Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year.  Participants are encouraged to check the processing times calculator for guidance, but generally we recommend applying approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time for the start of the event.

  • Health & Safety

    Commitment to Care: ASHRAE is committed to the health and safety of our members and conference attendees. ASHRAE is closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionWorld Health Organization and local health agencies. ASHRAE’s Commitment to Care may evolve as the conference approaches and guidance and local restrictions change.

     In Advance of the Conference

    • Attendees must “accept” ASHRAE’s liability waiver when registering for the conference.
    • Everyone attending the conference is required to register for the conference for safety purposes.
    • For entry into the conference: It is recommended that attendees are fully vaccinated. Proof will not be required to enter the conference.

     At the Conference

    • Masks may be worn at the individual’s discretion. Masks are not required inside the conference hotels but are strongly encouraged.
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be positioned throughout the meeting space.
    • If symptoms develop, attendees should NOT attend sessions and few recorded sessions post-conference.
    • If an attendee tests positive while at the conference, he or she may quarantine at the conference hotel at their own expense and should report the positive test to ASHRAE staff.

     After the Conference

    • If an attendee tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of leaving the conference, the attendee should notify ASHRAE staff immediately.
    • ASHRAE will communicate to attendees, if needed, up to 14 days after the last day of the conference.

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