September 15, 2020

Carbon Leadership Events & Webinars


Global Passive House Happy Hour. Every Wednesday at 7pm EDT. Register

Future of Design NYC Event #2, “Is ‘Now’ a Long or Short Time?” Thursday, September 17, 12:30-2pm EDT, with panelists Jae Shin (Hector Design Group), Spencer Williams (Municipal Art Society), and Rebecca Buntrock (Silman), moderated by Jin Yi (GID). Register

Future of Design NYC Event #3, “From Design to Implementation: The Human Scale.” Tuesday, September 22, 12:30-2pm EDT, with panelists Carlos de Oliveira (CastConnex) and Leo Henke (Front, Inc.), moderated by Andrew Altamirano (Thornton Tomasetti). Register

Future of Design NYC Event #4, “Tailored Approaches: Customizing Function.” Thursday, September 24, 12:30-2pm EDT, with panelists Justin Brown (Mass Design Group), Rafael Sabelli (Walter P Moore), and Sarrah Khan (Agencie Group), moderated by Kat Chan (Walter P Moore). Register

Future of Design NYC Event #5, “Civic Engagement for Designers.” Tuesday, September 29, 12:30-2pm EDT, with panelists Paul Karakusevic (Karakusevic Carson Architects), Pablo Lazo (Unidad Diseno), and Terri Matthews (Town + Gown at NYC DDC), moderated by Hermona Tamrat (Silman). Register

Recent Webinar Recordings

CLF: Structures and Embodied Carbon. Recording | Slides.

Embodied Carbon 101 (BSA): Basic literacy, EPDs, Structure, Envelope, MEP, Interiors, Procurement, Carbon Accounting, Certifications + Commitments: Overview and Deeper Dive, Making the Case, Process + Firm Culture. Recordings

CLF Event Information

CLF Webinar Recordings

Global Passive House Happy Hour Presentation Recordings

MIT CSHub Recordings

Featured Upcoming Events (subject to change)

Featured Upcoming Events [subject to cancellation]

September 15-16: Net Zero 2020 Virtual

September 17: Carbon Positive Reset (Europe, Middle East & Africa) Virtual

September 22: Carbon Positive Reset (Asia, Asia Pacific & Oceania) Virtual

September 30: IStructE Climate Emergency Conference Day 1 Virtual

October 7-8: ILFI Zero Carbon Conference Virtual

October 7-9: AIASF CoTE Sustainability Symposium: Leading By Design Virtual

October 14: IStructE Climate Emergency Conference Day 2 Virtual

November 10-12: Greenbuild Virtual

November 30 - December 10: Global Concrete Summit Virtual

Recent News, Research, Resources, and Discussion

Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) news and media coverage.

Walter P Moore released a report on embodied carbon with a series of articles covering embodied carbon measurement, data uncertainty, grid decarbonization, transportation impacts, building reuse, salvaged materials, timber, emerging concrete technologies, carbon cost of water, and enclosure impact, along with four case studies showing decarbonization in practice, and how to get to zero carbon.

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. That day fell on August 22 this year. Though COVID-19 has reduced humanity’s ecological footprint, we must do everything we can to avoid hitting this date at all.

The Global Cement and Concrete Association released a 2050 Climate Ambition Statement with the support of forty of the world’s leading cement and concrete companies. This statement details concrete’s essential role in the modern world, explains how concrete can become carbon neutral, identifies key stakeholders, and lays out a roadmap to 2050.

All for Reuse is an initiative led by Andrew Ellsworth (Doors Unhinged) and Frances Yang (Arup) that aims to secure commitments from governments, universities, and corporations to purchase reclaimed materials to build and support an ecosystem for reclaimed commercial building materials. Its three core goals are (1) all projects will be evaluated as opportunities for reuse, (2) all designers and builders will understand the process for reuse, and (3) all owners will commit to paying for reuse. Read BuildingGreen’s news brief on the initiative, read the concept paper, and sign up for updates.

Tackling embodied carbon: How to specify the carbon cost of materials - AECOM offers recommendations based on the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge for tackling embodied carbon by making the business case for lowering embodied carbon with three steps: (1) set embodied carbon KPIs, (2) keep an eye on the carbon cost, and (3) specify sustainability performance requirements. Read the article to learn how to incorporate this call to action in your practice.

CLF now has regional hubs in Atlanta, Austin, Australia, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Denver/Boulder, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Yellowstone. Join or start a regional hub now to help expand our network.


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Written by Martin Torres
Edited by Fred Bernstein

This newsletter is meant to increase awareness and understanding of the important work being done to reduce embodied carbon in buildings. If there is something we missed or an emerging news story that should be on our radar, email

About the Carbon Leadership Forum at the University of Washington

Who We Are

  • The Carbon Leadership Forum accelerates transformation of the building sector to radically reduce the embodied carbon in building materials and construction.
  • We pioneer research, create resources, foster cross-sector collaboration, and incubate member-led initiatives to bring embodied carbon emissions of buildings down to zero.
  • We are architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers, building owners, and policymakers who care about the future and take bold steps to eliminate embodied carbon from buildings and infrastructure.


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