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Aurora Jensen

  • Brightworks Sustainability
Embodied Carbon Lead

Aurora's Role at Brightworks

Aurora Jensen is Brightworks' Embodied Carbon Lead, based in New York, where she specializes in embodied carbon measurement and reduction strategies. She has led many whole building life cycle assessments (WBLCAs) for project's seeking LEED and International Living Future Institute (ILFI) certification. She has also published research on the embodied carbon of mass timber buildings. With previous experience in operational carbon modeling and evaluating passive strategies, she helps clients link operational and embodied carbon considerations and evaluate trade-offs.


  • Harvard University
    • Master of Design Studies (Energy and Environment)
  • Haverford College
    • Bachelor of Arts (Growth and Structure of Cities)


  • Carbon Leadership Forum NY (2023)
    • Co-Head
  • ILFI Energy and Carbon Technical Advisory Group (TAG) (2023)
    • Committee member
  • Parsons School of Design
    • Teaching Environmental Design Course
  • Event Speaker
    • Materiality and Assembly, Intro to Embodied Carbon and Supply Chain, April 2023
    • NJIT eLCAd 2023, Science and Art: Design for the Environment as a Bridge, March 2023
    • AIAU, So you want to build a climate-minded architectural practice?, March 2023
    • Urban Green Council NYC, What is Embodied Carbon?, February 2023 (podcast)
    • Buy Clean CA Roundtable, CSU and GC Partnerships, Jan 13 2023
    • USGBC Live, Market Transformation: Zero Carbon, Business As Usual, Jul 9 2022 (
    • Cleveland 2030 Meeting, Deconstruction and Demolition, Nov 2021
    • USGBC Live, Decarbonization and LEED, Nov 2021 (
    • NBI Webinar Series, Designing for Life Cycle Carbon, July 2021
    • Boston CLF Embodied Carbon series, Embodied Carbon in Buildings – Highly Controlled Spaces, CLF Boston, 2021
    • BIM BOP Conference, Embodied Carbon Tools and Methods, 2021
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Previously a sustainability engineer with Buro Happold Engineering, Aurora served as a technical expert in embodied carbon and shaped the firm’s services from advisory scale analysis to Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (WBLCA).

Aurora currently sits on the steering ccommittee for the Carbon Leadership Forum in New York City and teaches environmental design part-time at Parsons School of Design. She has guest lectured on embodied carbon for ACSA, IBPSA, GSAPP, the New Buildings Institute, Penn, Pratt, and UC Berkeley.