May 23rd 2023 In-Person Event

Tuesday May 23rd, 2023 In-Person Presentation:

The SE2050 Commitment – Creating an Embodied Carbon Action Plan

Presented by Nicole Baer, PE

Associate Principal

Hope Furrer Associates, Inc

Receive (1.0) PDH


6PM-7PM: Networking & Dinner

7PM-8PM: Presentation


In-Person, Non-Member: $20

In-Person,  SEI-MD Member: $15

Zoom Remote Attendance: Free


2780 Lighthouse Point East, Suite D | Baltimore, MD 21224

The meeting will be hosted at the offices of Moffatt & Nichol. The location is the two story building over the water immediately adjacent to the lighthouse. Moffatt & Nichol is on the second floor up the stairs immediately inside the front door.


Moffatt & Nichol's offices are located behind a gated parking lot which charges $6/hour. Unmetered street parking is available on Boston Street, the main thoroughfare at this location. It is also possible to park for free in the Canton Waterfront Park lot to the east of Moffatt & Nichol along Boston Street.


This event will be held in-person at the location provided below. However, the presentation will be simultaneously shared via Zoom, whough with video of the slides rather than the presenter.

When registering, be careful of your selection of in-person or Zoom attendance.

We will order food for all in-person registrants, so you will be invoiced if you register in-person but do not attend in-person.

Presentation Topic:

The SE2050 Commitment Program has been developed by the Structural Engineering Institute to achieve the goal that “All structural engineers shall understand, reduce, and ultimately eliminate carbon in their projects by 2050.”  Are you thinking about signing your firm up to join the SE2050 Commitment Program, but unsure of the concrete steps you need to take?  This presentation is created to help you understand, from one working engineer’s perspective, what it takes to join the movement.  You will learn the initial steps, the internal discussions you need to have, the amount of work you are committing yourself to, and how to create an ECAP – that’s an Embodied Carbon Action Plan – that is tailored to your company.

Presenter Biography:

Nicole is currently an Associate Principal at Hope Furrer Associates, Inc, in Towson, MD.  She has been designing building structures for companies in the Baltimore area since her graduation from the Pennsylvania State University Architectural Engineering program in 2001.  Nicole is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was a founding member of the Structural Engineering Institute Maryland Chapter (SEI-MD).  She served many roles including board member positions for SEI-MD before joining SEI’s leadership at a national level.  She currently serves as the Past Chair of the Local Activities Division Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Buildings Group for the National Technical Review Committee, which recommends content for SEI’s annual Structures Congress.  Like many structural engineers, she has historically left sustainability decisions to others on the design team.  She became aware of SE2050 through her involvement in Structures Congress planning, but did not give serious thought to joining the movement at first.  However, as she learned more and more about the movement, and client demands exposed her to the idea of reducing carbon emissions in her designs, she realized that structural engineering companies of all sizes could indeed support SE2050 in an impactful way that strives towards a decreased carbon footprint over time.  She garnered the support of the leadership at her company and together, she and her co-workers took the plunge to join SE2050 in 2022.  She hopes to pass along her experience to other engineers that are on the fence about getting involved.