Erin McDade leads Architecture 2030’s public policy and embodied carbon initiatives, focusing on developing data-driven solutions for building sector decarbonization. Recently she led the development of building-level, sector-wide decarbonization policy impact assessment models for each of the eleven municipal Zero Cities partners to support the development of city-specific policy roadmaps. She is currently managing Architecture 2030’s Zero Code initiative.
Erin studied architecture as an undergraduate at Smith College and holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Washington, where she focused on the intersection of buildings and the environment. In addition to her primary roles within the organization, Erin harnesses her background in design to ensure that Architecture 2030’s mission and project outcomes are represented and communicated globally using clear and compelling graphic design. She is also an accomplished public speaker, regularly representing Architecture 2030 and acting as a building sector decarbonization expert and advocate in public forums across the country.
Erin is a member of the 2030 Districts Network Board of Directors, the American Institute of Architects 2030 Commitment Working Group, a founding member and former co-chair of the Embodied Carbon Network, and previously sat on the Carbon Leadership Forum Advisory Board. She is a proud resident of Bellingham, Washington and recently completed a 15-month tenure as a city council-appointed volunteer member of the Bellingham Climate Action Taskforce. She led the taskforce in the creation of a comprehensive, data-driven roadmap and set of policy recommendations for building sector decarbonization that respond to the city’s specific context, strengths, and challenges and which, if implemented, will help enable Bellingham to achieve its goal of carbon-neutrality by 2035.