Built Environment

The built environment plays a critical role in mitigating and adapting to climate change, with a range of strategies and technologies available to reduce emissions and build resilience. From energy-efficient buildings and low-carbon transportation to green infrastructure and adaptive building design, there are numerous solutions available to help create a more sustainable and resilient built environment.

Breakout Session: Building Up Climate Justice

The session will focus specifically on sustainability solutions for the built environment that is linked to justice and aligned with the SDGs. 

Systemic change toward low-carbon building solutions at a global scale necessitates understanding the actors and institutions involved in existing legacy energy systems, proposed energy transitions, and the theories of change behind these. 

The built environment sector has a two-fold challenge of drastically reducing the built environment’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions while also protecting building occupants and physical assets exposed to climate change-related risks such as extreme heat.  This session will showcase climate solutions that successfully address approaches to developing sustainability solutions in the built environment drawing in large multinational corporations, youth advocacy networks, private sector and research universities.  using community-centered, transdisciplinary methodologies. 

We will use these examples to distill and identify larger, more macro-scale processes that could drive design of equitable solutions and facilitate the uptake of low-carbon technologies.  The discussions in the panel will have implications with respect to how researchers frame problems and co-develop solutions with global and  local institutions and communities on the frontline of increasing impacts from intersecting disasters.

Room: 207

Session Time: Tuesday, May 23, 11:00 am

Session Lead: Esther Obonyo