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Embodied Carbon in Lighting

April 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

$5.00 – $15.00


Join the IES Boston and Rhode Island Section for a panel discussion on embodied carbon in lighting. Suni Dillard will set the stage and speak on the work the Carbon Leadership Forum is doing on this topic. Kate Hickcox will speak to the work being undertaken by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Kayleigh Houde will give an update on the Carbon Leadership Forum’s MEP 2040 Challenge. Leela Shanker will speak on the research being done by the GreenLight Alliance.

Suni Dillard

Suni is an Architect and Sustainability Leader at HMFH. As both, Suni has established herself as an in-house resource and champion for the integration of social, environmental, and economically sustainable solutions to design challenges of all sizes. She believes in equitable access to architecture and has enjoyed working on educational projects throughout her career. Her commitment to design spans to the education of sustainable design practices, both inside the office and the greater architectural community. She is involved with the Boston Chapter of the Carbon Leadership Forum participating on the advisory group that created the Carbon 101 educational series hosted by the Boston Society of Architects and the Carbon Leadership Forum producing content that resides on AIAU. She continues her advocacy on projects where she is a driving force behind holistic sustainable design solutions targeting water, energy, waste, and carbon.

Kate Hickcox

Kate Hickcox joined PNNL in 2020. She is a creative thinker with over 20 years of experience in lighting, research and design. Kate’s work focuses on sustainability, which means considering the complex aesthetic, technical, visual, and non-visual needs of people while at the same time equitably benefiting the economy, society, and the environment. Kate’s unique background blends the artistic with the practical and allows for discovery of unique design solutions and innovative research-based strategies. Her work at PNNL includes supporting Energy Equity and Justice in Systems Technology work, leading decarbonization and circularity efforts for lighting and other mechanical and electrical systems, and work in outdoor nighttime lighting.

She has authored or co-authored many technical publications/reports and has presented at LightFair International, IALD, LEDucation, the CIE and the IES on topics including sustainability, life cycle assessment, subjective rating scales, designing for darkness, glare and brightness perception, lighting, and acoustics as well as lighting quality metrics.

She is currently a member of the IES Standards Committee, member of the ASHRAE Building Decarbonization Whole Life Design Guide working group, Secretary of the IES Technical Committee: Discomfort Glare in Outdoor Nighttime Environments and a contributing member of the IES Sustainability Committee.

Kayleigh Houde

Kayleigh Houde is the global Computational Community Leader for Buro Happold where she works at the intersection of engineering, sustainability and computational design. Kayleigh is a founding member and co-chair of Carbon Leadership Forum’s MEP 2040 Challenge, an ASHRAE Building Decarbonization Task Force member, and currently teaches Parametric Life Cycle Assessment at the University of Pennsylvania.

Leela Shanker

Leela Shanker is a New York-based lighting designer with Borealis Lighting Studio of BR+A, a consulting engineering firm founded in Boston in 1975. She consults to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as a technical expert in Life Cycle Analysis and through the GreenLight Alliance (GLA) – an international network of lighting professionals progressing industry-led standards, research and advocacy for circular lighting design principles – she founded the Lighting Industry LCA Incubator. In collaboration with the IALD Lighting Industry Resource Council, North American and European manufacturers are participating in an international study with designers from around the world to pursue global harmonization of the lighting industry’s approach to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Her work with the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Carbon Leadership Forum New York chapter address lighting-specific issues related to Embodied Carbon and LCA.

Since September 2022, Shanker has been developing initiatives as a member of the Creative Science Track of NEW INC, the New Museum’s incubator for people working at the intersection of art, design and technology. She is pursuing this work with the Flint Collective NYC, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation she founded and whose project, OPEN, was recognised by the Illuminating Engineering Society NYC in 2021 with a Lumen Award Special Citation for Lighting as a Tool for Social Impact.

Shanker holds a Master of Architecture (Hons) and Master of Fine Arts – Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney. She has been published on industry platforms including Designing Lighting, Dezeen and illumni, frequently presents at industry forums including LEDucation, Walk Bike Places and the IES Meet the Moment Series, has guest lectured at Parsons School of Design and Syracuse University, and is an active member of the DLFNY, IALD, IES, and AIA.



April 3, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
$5.00 – $15.00
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