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Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Using EPDs to create actionable information about embodied carbon in construction

By Sustainable Minds on September 13, 2019

Recorded Tue, Sep 10, 12–1pm ET

Using EPDs to make decisions about which products actually have better environmental performance isn't simple. Introducing the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool.

The EC3 tool is a collaborative, open-source industry-led sustainability platform that helps professionals make better decisions about embodied carbon in construction, and enables supply chain accountability. The EC3 tool is part of an integrated ecosystem of data, tools and knowledge that empowers, informs and inspires low carbon solutions. The EC3 tool is set for formal release in the fall of 2019.

Join Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds CEO, and EC3 project leaders for a discussion on the urgency of carbon reduction in construction and the need for PCRs and EPDs to deliver better information.

Learn about

  • The EC3 tool data methodology for comparing product performance
  • How to use the EC3 tool to select low carbon products for projects – see a demo
  • How the EC3 tool works and the digital data exchange strategy

Continuing Sustainable Minds’ commitment to simplify product transparency reporting, make data more understandable and meaningful and deliver easy to use and powerful tools – you will also learn about the EC3 tool / Sustainable Minds partnership and how embodied carbon results will be displayed in Transparency Catalog listings, with guidance for use.

For more information on the Carbon Leadership Forum and the EC3 tool, including links to our partners announcements visit

Visit and register to have access to the EC3 tool. The tool will be released November 19, 2019.

Stacy Smedley, Skanska Kate Simonen, Aspire Sustainability
Stacy Smedley
Sustainability Director
Kate Simonen
Carbon Leadership Forum
Phil Northcott, C-Change Labs Phil Northcott
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