Full Title: Buy Clean and Beyond: A Guide to Reaching Net-Zero Embodied Carbon in State-Owned Building Projects
Author(s): Rebecca Esau, Anish Tilak, Connor Usry, and Victor Olgyay
Publisher(s): Rocky Mountain Institute
Publication Date: November 9, 2023
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As key consumers of steel, cement, and other major construction materials, US state governments play an influential role in reducing climate-warming emissions from manufacturing and construction projects. These emissions are commonly known as embodied carbon — the millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions created from material extraction, manufacturing, transport, construction, and disposal. In Buy Clean and Beyond: A Guide to Reaching Net-Zero Embodied Carbon in State-Owned Building Projects, RMI provides a comprehensive framework that state agencies and policymakers can use to reach net-zero embodied carbon emissions from public building projects.