April  23, 2020

Carbon Leadership Events & Webinars


Wood Carbon Seminar Series (WCS)

WCS: Background and Basics with Kate Simonen (UW, CLF), Cynthia West (USFS), Kent Wheiler (UW, CINTRAFOR) Presentation on April 23, Discussion on April 30

WCS: LCA and Wood with Reid Miner (NCASI), James Salazar (Coldstream Consulting), Elaine Oneil (CORRIM) Presentation on May 7, Discussion on May 14

WCS: Tracking Carbon in North America with Lauren Cooper (MSU Forest Carbon and Climate Program), Maggie Wildnauer (Sphera [formerly thinkstep]) Presentation on May 7, Discussion on May 28

WCS: Using Wood LCA in the Building Industry with Pat Layton (Clemson University, Wood Utilization + Design Institute), David Diaz (Ecotrust) Presentation on June 4, Discussion on June 11

Thursday, May 21 - NRMCC: Fast and Precise Design of Low Carbon Concrete with Instant EPDs - Register

Friday, May 22 - Embodied Carbon Policy Webinar - Register

Recent Webinar Recordings


Re-framing Steel: How to Optimize Your Steel Structure to Reduce Embodied Impacts with Michael Gryniuk (LeMessurier, SE 2050) - Recording

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

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 and Slides

2019 Quarterly Calls 

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 and Slides

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 and Slides


Featured Upcoming Events (subject to change)

May 7-8: Living Future 20: Sustaining Hope Within Crisis,  Online Everywhere

August 5-6: Facade Tectonics World Congress, Los Angeles, CA 

September 8: GoGreen Conference Seattle, Seattle, WA

[Postponed]: International Mass Timber Conference, Portland, OR

Recent News, Research, Resources, and Discussion

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

The new online CLF Community was launched a few weeks ago and now has almost 1200 participants posting topics, exploring issues, sharing resources, and proposing initiatives.Preview the Community, and if you're not already there, email to request your invitation.

CLF Regional Hubs are now thriving in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver/Boulder, New York City, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Vancouver, and Yellowstone. No Regional Hub in your part of the world yet? Apply to start a Hub now to help expand our network.

Another 800-pound gorilla in the room: We can accomplish zero net embodied carbon with currently available technology, but to do so we need to bring more attention to the carbon-storing potential of wood-framed residential construction in addition to the already heavy focus on embodied carbon in commercial buildings. 

The SEI Sustainability Committee released a white paper on the path to net zero carbon by 2050. The paper outlines five paths that include varying levels of four transition tracks: (1) design improvements, (2) the greening of the electrical grid, (3) material production improvements, and (4) carbon offsets. The paper outlines these tracks in detail and discusses varying levels of feasibility and the impacts of different building materials.

Architectural Record published an overview of the building industry’s responses to embodied carbon. The article elaborates on common tools, compares new construction to renovation, highlights recent low carbon policy, and investigates design decisions in a short case study.  Dr. Barbara Rodriguez Droguett’s PhD thesis delves further into embodied carbon of HVAC+R systems.

Emerging technologies that may help reduce the carbon impact of concrete: utilizing wood waste, enhancing fly ash with CO2, and employing new ways of making cement are all proposed solutions to reducing the impact of this widely used material.


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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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