Matthew Combe

Matthew Combe

Seattle 2030 District

Matthew Combe is the Executive Director of the Seattle 2030 District. He started as a volunteer at the District when it launched in September 2011, believing that this was where he could make a difference in the world. Since then, Matthew has been involved in all aspects of the organization. His biggest achievement is the 2030 Challenge Pilot Program, which Mayor Jenny Durkan approved in July 2018 that gives a density bonus to existing buildings that make deep green investments. Matthew previously worked for Aedas architects in the UK as a sustainability consultant, overseeing commercial office, multi-family, and educational building projects. He has brought that passion for sustainability and the environment to all aspects of work for the District. Matthew has a Master’s Degree in Architecture and the Environment and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design and Environmental Management, both from the University of Portsmouth in the UK. Matthew has been a Seattle resident for seven years and enjoys skiing, snowboarding, golf, and soccer.

All Sessions by Matthew Combe

Day One August 24, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Buildings and Carbon

Buildings account for approximately 40% of carbon emissions. To meet long term carbon reduction necessities – increasingly as a matter of public policy and most importantly to ensure climate health – buildings will need to dramatically lower carbon emissions. Building electrification is one path for doing just that. Buildings also play a role in how quickly and effectively the transportation system decarbonizes. These strategies are as complicated as they are necessary. This session will be a lively discussion of buildings and carbon. Building owners/managers and the folks that operate them must navigate policy requirements at the state and federal level while implementing changes to their traditional approaches to energy sources and methods. Learn how smart building strategies can help buildings achieve their carbon reduction goals.