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    Aurora Jensen

    Embodied Carbon Lead

    Aurora Jensen leads Brightworks’ embodied carbon services from New York, NY, where she uses her substantial technical and consulting expertise to lead and deliver advanced embodied carbon measurement and reduction strategies. Aurora supports clients and design teams in understanding and driving down the carbon and environmental impacts of their buildings. She has led many whole building life cycle assessments (WBLCAs) for LEED and International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and has published research on the embodied carbon of mass timber buildings. With previous experience in operational carbon modeling and evaluating passive strategies, she also helps clients link operational and embodied carbon considerations and evaluate trade-offs.  

    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 analyses to WBCLA. Aurora currently sits on the Steering Committee for the Carbon Leadership Forum in New York City, and teaches Environmental Design as a part-time faculty member at Parsons at The New School. She has guest lectured on embodied carbon for the New Buildings Institute, ACSA, IBPSA, Pratt, UPenn UC Berkeley and GSAPP.  


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