Date/Time: Friday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Weber State University - Shepherd Union Building, Room 321


Brief Description:
Reducing your carbon footprint may seem simple in concept, but defining your goals, establishing a clear path forward, and financing the change can be overwhelming. In this workshop, presenters will bring clarity to the concept of a carbon / greenhouse gas footprint giving participants strategies for reductions and tools for securing the money needed to effect change.

The first section of the workshop will introduce the concept of greenhouse gasses and their carbon equivalent. We will review industry jargon and discuss common mandates that guide institutional reductions and incremental achievement. Greenhouse gas inventories will be discussed identifying the different categories of greenhouse gas emissions. Reduction strategies will then be reviewed with a focus on the built environment.

The workshop will continue with a nuts-and-bolts discussion on financing carbon reduction strategies. Weber State University’s highly articulated and successful financing model will be the backbone of this discussion providing a step-by-step road map to implementation.

With knowledge of primary carbon reduction strategies and a method to finance needed changes, attendees will break into groups and baseline a sample project’s utility usage. Following a discussion of this critically important analysis each group will receive new utility bills showing the impact of energy reduction measures. The groups will then calculate utility savings against the baseline. The financial and political stability WSU has realized using the same method to finance their improvements will be highlighted.

In the final section of the workshop WSU’s Lindquist Hall project will be used as a case study to examine how buildings are contributing to the University’s carbon reduction commitment. WSU’s utility and building system standards will also be reviewed to understand their impact on the success of building-related carbon reductions.



GARTH SHAW, AIA, LEED® AP, is the Director of Sustainability at GSBS Architects where he has been for two decades. Beginning with his work to certify the Utah Olympic Speed Skating Oval as one of the very first LEED projects in the nation, Garth has guided efforts to successfully certify more than 30 LEED projects. In recent years Garth has focused on working with school districts, higher-ed institutions and municipalities to verify the sustainable performance of projects, benchmark and model energy performance, and to identify carbon reduction strategies. Beginning in 2008, Garth applied his skills, and those of his talented and enthusiastic colleagues, to make significant reductions to GSBS Architects’ environmental impact. GSBS is one of the first members of Salt Lake City’s e2 Business group and under Garth’s leadership, implemented strategies to reduce waste, increase recycling, and drop energy consumption. The firm also invested in on-site renewable energy. In 2016, Garth became the firm signatory for the AIA 2030 Commitment and reported the carbon footprint of designs completed in 2015. The firm continues to report progress with the goal of carbon-neutral designs by 2030.


CLIO RAYNER, AIA, LEED® AP, has been a member of the sustainability team at GSBS Architects for her entire career. She has helped guide the sustainability mission for GSBS since 2005 and played an important role in the certification of more than 30 LEED projects. Clio has always been an active member of the sustainability community in Utah as a speaker at conferences and seminars and as a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty member for University programs. Much of Clio’s volunteer time is also focused on sustainable design and education. She has been a member of the AIA Utah’s Committee on the Environment since 2006 and a member of USGBC Utah since 2010.  In these roles she has helped to shape the sustainable design conversation in our region by developing education sessions for professionals and the public, including the yearly USGBC Utah Sustainability Summit. Clio has been a member of USGBC Utah’s Board since 2014 and continues to help redefine what sustainability means in Utah through her practice and participation.

Jacob Cain, Director of Operations, Weber State University
Justin Owen, Energy Manager, Weber State University