AC Martin’s sustainability committee kicked off Environmental Awareness Month by welcoming Dr. Eric Carbonnier, Associate Professor & Chair of Sustainable Practices Program at Woodbury University, for an in-person (and virtual for our Northern California offices) lunch and learn presentation. Dr. Carbon, as he is referred to by his students, presented “Social Contract with Nature and Humanity.” We reviewed topics including the restorative theory, biomimicry, and our social contract with nature. It was a thought-provoking discussion of harnessing the earth’s energy to design efficiently, to cultivate solutions with a positive impact.
More about the speaker: Professor Carbonnier, nicknamed Dr. Carbon to his students, is an architect and building science researcher driven to decarbonize the built environment. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University, Master of Science in Regenerative Design from Cal Poly Pomona, and PhD from the University of Oregon. His research includes innovating passive energy solutions to support human wellness, health, and productivity. Dr. Carbon lectured at Cal Poly Pomona’s School of Architecture where he advanced evidence-based design to ever-changing environmental forces. In conjunction with his building science teaching, he was an executive sustainability leader and architect for a multi-disciplinary architecture firm cultivating ethical leadership and environmental social governance policy. His evidence-based design is published in Passive Low Energy Architecture, National Institute of Building Sciences, and Façade Tectonics. He is currently building his first evidence-based residence in Southern California.