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DIALOG Signs on to SE 2050 Commitment Program

August 3, 2021

DIALOG is proud to have signed on to the SE 2050 Commitment Program. Developed and managed by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the program’s goal is to achieve substantive reductions of embodied carbon in structural systems. 

We support the vision that all structural engineers shall understand, reduce, and ultimately eliminate embodied carbon in their projects by 2050.  The places and buildings where we live, work, and play represent the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in North America, and around the world, and we recognize the trust given to design professionals to strive to continuously improve what we do, and to mitigate the impacts we make. 

The SE 2050 Commitment Program is defined by four distinct actions:  

  1. Educate the structural engineering profession on the best practices of sustainable structural design and construction that will lead to net zero embodied carbon by 2050;
  2. Engage in an embodied carbon tracking program within the structural engineering profession thereby enabling the establishment of appropriate embodied carbon reduction targets until net zero is realized;
  3. Report on the current embodied carbon impacts and trends of various structural systems for different regions throughout the country; and,
  4. Advocate and communicate with clients, the design community, and the public to build an understanding about embodied carbon and impacts of the built environment.

These efforts build upon our ongoing participation in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment, a framework that provides signatory firms with the resources and tools they need to help measure and report on their progress towards answering the 2030 Challenge–a visionary initiative with the aim of offsetting some of the effects of climate change by achieving carbon neutrality in the built environment by the year 2030.

Learn more about the AIA 2030 Challenge here.