January 26, 2021

Carbon Leadership Events & Webinars


Pathway to Net Zero Buildings on January 28 and 29 from 8-10am PST. Join concrete experts for a two-day event that will explore the concept and achievement of net zero construction. Register

#SEILive: Sustainability on Wednesday, February 3 at 9:30am PST. A discussion about why sustainability is important to structural engineers, with Glenn Bell (IStructE), Will Arnold (Arup), Mark Webster (Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger), and Megan Stringer (Holmes Structures). Register 

Forest Climate Working Group Learning Exchange Series on Wednesday, February 3 from 12-1pm PST. The Forest Climate Working Group’s webinars continue with a workshop on Innovative Approaches to Increasing Carbon in the Landscape. Register

Global Passive House Happy Hour. Every Wednesday at 4pm PST. Register

Recent Webinar Recordings


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 Webinar Recordings

Featured Upcoming Events (subject to change)

Living Future ‘21 from April 20-23. Join revolutionary thinkers to explore innovative sustainability practices and hear from those who are leading the way. Register

Recent News, Research, Resources, and Discussion

Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) news.

Adding environmental impacts into the procurement of buildings: A 4-page look at the shortcomings of environmental product declarations (EPDs) and strategies that can be implemented to improve them or make them unnecessary in some cases., 

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has just released a great new tool called Cambium, which allows you to explore future electricity grid scenarios, both short-term and long-term, across all fifty states. When projecting future operational carbon emissions from our buildings, we often assume the current carbon intensity of our electricity grid will persist into the future. This can lead us to overestimate future operational carbon emissions, as many regions decarbonize their grids. 

How to meet acoustical requirements while reducing embodied carbon. A comparative LCA of four wall assemblies shows how much reduction designers can achieve through material selections. In descending order of embodied carbon intensity, the study investigates concrete, mass timber, steel stud, and wood stud walls (63, 27, 24, and 16 kg CO2e/m2 respectively).

On January 1, 2021, California’s Department of General Services established the Buy Clean California Act (BCCA), designed to reduce embodied carbon by setting purchasing requirements based on environmental impacts such as global-warming potential. CLF has published a policy resource to serve as a guide for how to develop a Buy Clean policy in your state or municipality. EC3 will allow users to search materials related to Buy Clean California compliance.

AIA COTE published resources for learning about sustainability, including Design for Adaptability, Deconstruction and Reuse and Small Firms and the 2030 Commitment. Submit your high-performing project for a COTE Top Ten Award, which recognizes projects that demonstrate a holistic vision of architecture across all 10 of the framework’s measures.

SE 2050 has launched. Read the announcement to subscribers, which provides a program summary, database update, Greenbuild recap, updated ECOM Embodied Carbon Estimator, and additional resources for structural engineers and others interested in learning more about embodied carbon. Then join the movement!

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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