Reversing Global Warming Through the Built Lab Space

Lisa Conway, Interface

According to research conducted by Interface and Net Impact, 95% of climate experts believe that it is possible to reverse global warming, and 91% of young leaders agree. The reason that both think it is possible is because we have everything we need, and both think the only thing that stands in our way is business as usual. Last year, the most comprehensive guide to reversing global warming was introduced by Paul Hawken, entitled Drawdown, followed by Bruce King's The New Carbon Architecture.

Interface's "Climate Take Back" plan offers an easy-to-understand framework which can be understood, adopted, and implemented by any organization. The research and the framework will be provided to all participants.

Learning Objectives

  • Define embodied carbon and be able to talk about it with suppliers;
  • Give examples from each of the four pillars of the Climate Take Back framework;
  • Think of specific opportunities for engaging with each of the Climate Take Back pillars; and
  • Understand carbon-smart building beyond operational efficiency.


Lisa Conway serves as VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface--the global flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. She and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company's mission: Climate Take Back, which is their plan to reverse global warming.


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