March  24, 2020

Carbon Leadership Events & Webinars


Wednesday, April 8 - Conquering Carbon: Using optimization to reduce embodied carbon and design more sustainable products with Tad Radzinski (GreenCircle Certified), John Bradford (Interface), Wes Sullens (USGBC), and Dan Glover (ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions) - Register

Friday, April 17 - Network Quarterly Call - Register

Starting Thursday, April 23 - Wood Carbon Seminars will be an eight-week series meeting each Thursday morning at 9:00 AM PDT.  Wood experts will answer common and critical questions about the carbon impacts of wood. The seminars will consist of 4 presentations and 4 discussion sessions. These seminars are organized by the Carbon Leadership Forum, sponsored by industry partners, and will be presented by wood experts from research and industry.

Recent Webinar Recordings


Construction: The Contractor’s Role in Quantifying and Reducing Embodied Carbon: Why, What, and How with Stacy Smedley (Skanska), Jenelle Shapiro (Webcor Builders), Mark Chen (Skanska). Recording & Slides

Beyond Fly Ash: How to Optimize Your Concrete Structure to Reduce Embodied Impacts with Dirk Kestner (Walter P Moore). Recording

Reducing Embodied Carbon with EC3 and Tally with Roderick Bates (KieranTimberlake). Recording

Using WBLCA to Reduce Embodied Carbon Within LEED and Beyond with Raphael Sperry (Arup), Anthony Pak (Priopta), Baha Sadreddin (ZGF), and Victoria Herrero-Garcia (Ambient Energy). Recording & Slides

Accelerating the Circular Economy with Material Reuse with Miya Kitahara (StopWaste), Larry Strain (Siegel & Strain Architects), Joe Connell (Building Materials Reuse Association), and Andrew Ellsworth (Doors Unhinged). Recording & Slides

Recordings of 2019 Quarterly Calls


Featured Upcoming Events

April 5-8: Structures Congress - St. Louis, MO - CANCELLED

May 5-8: Living Future 20 - Seattle, WA - CHANGED TO LIVESTREAM EVENT

May 14-16: AIA Conference on Architecture - Los Angeles, CA - POSTPONED

September 8: GoGreen Conference Seattle Seattle, WA

Recent News, Research, Resources, and Discussion

Check out these links for all Carbon Leadership Forum related news and media.

Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) Newsletters, related news and media.

Embodied Carbon Network (ECN) Local Chapters are now (as of mid-March 2020) in Austin, Atlanta, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Hong Kong, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, Rocky Mountain (Denver/Boulder), Seattle, Toronto, London, Vancouver, and Yellowstone. We're working hard to get a new system in place to qualify and support all these new chapters. Stand by for more news soon about how you can join or start a chapter!

Thornton Tomasetti launches BEACON, an open-source embodied carbon measurement tool. This Revit plug-in helps designers address embodied carbon in new construction through simplified measurement and analysis.

Duoro-Dumme, Ontarioi, became the first city in Canada to implement an embodied carbon threshold. Active CLF member Chris Magwood worked with staff from the municipality to write up  Sustainable Development Guidelines that place an achievable cap on the kg-CO2e/m2,with financial incentives. Chris is hopeful that this will encourage  other communities to enact similar policies.


Countdown on Carbon: A Mandate for the Design Profession. This two-page call-to-arms outlines the importance of ambitious initiatives like Architecture 2030 and SE 2050 and provides background information and action items for those in the building industry ready to address embodied carbon.

Timber’s role in the building industry’s approach to the climate crisis requires a holistic consideration of relevant issues, including but certainly not limited to the importance of reforestation in conjunction with other efforts, and the value of salvaging provisions in encouraging material reuse (104.9.1, Oregon Residential Specialty Code), and the role of forest certifications such as FSC. Be sure to check out the CLF's Wood Carbon Seminars, starting in April (see above).

Our stubbornly optimistic leader Kate Simonen on NPR Science Friday: How the world of building materials is responding to climate change. This episode delves into the significance of mass timber and the efforts of the concrete and steel industries to make their products more sustainable.. 


Join and Support the Carbon Leadership Forum

We invite you to join the our movement! You can help us fund and conduct critical research, build out our resource library, engage in our collaborate network through informative webinars and action-oriented focus groups, and develop member-led initiatives.

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


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