Networks are critical to decarbonization

Our mission is to eliminate embodied carbon in buildings, materials, and
infrastructure to create a just and thriving future.

The Carbon Leadership Forum facilitates broad collaboration among diverse individuals and organizations to navigate complexity and support the transformation and decarbonization of the global building industry.

CLF develops core research and resources to support building industry practitioners, tool developers, policy makers and others to reduce embodied carbon in built environments. This enables change to take place across companies, public agencies and legislative bodies. And crucially, CLF embraces a living systems approach to organize impact networks that span regions and bring together practitioners in partnerships and alliances across organizational and industry lines to innovate, leverage each other’s skills, learning and resources, and act together to drive change.

We bring together CLF members

  • architects
  • engineers
  • contractors
  • material suppliers
  • building owners
  • policymakers
  • other professionals
    in the building industry

We connect our members:

  • robust online community platform
  • burgeoning Regional Hubs
  • the NGO/Governmental Roundtable
  • regular discussions among sponsoring companies

Together they contribute to and access our research projects and Resource Library, connect at vibrant, interactive events and webinars, and actively engage in member-led Initiatives.

Network members span the globe from:

94 Countries

50 U.S. States

6 U.S. Territories

10 Canadian
Provinces

Únase a un centro regional

In over 25 cities around the world, individual members of the CLF organize Regional Hubs to help interested professionals share best practices, discuss solutions, and spread the word about embodied carbon, materials, LCA practice, tools, public policy, and cutting edge research.

 

Join the Online Community

In the online CLF Community, CLF members engage in lively, informed discussions about a myriad of topics related to reducing embodied carbon, sharing knowledge and expertise, research, analysis, policy recommendations, resources, proposals and ideas.

 

NGO and Government Roundtable

The Roundtable convenes over 40 non-profit and governmental organizations taking collective action to advance decarbonization.

 

Meetings feature timely updates from organizations sharing news, strategic plans, resources, and tools related to embodied carbon, inspiring ongoing communication and collaboration, converging on terminology, data standards, benchmarks, and targets for embodied carbon reduction.

 

NGO and
Government Roundtable

 

Meetings feature timely updates from organizations sharing news, strategic plans, resources, and tools related to embodied carbon, inspiring ongoing communication and collaboration, converging on terminology, data standards, benchmarks, and targets for embodied carbon reduction.

 

SE 2050: A Challenge for Structural Engineers

 

The SE 2050 Challenge, an initiative conceived of and developed by members of the CLF, was designed to ignite structural engineers and their firms to meet embodied carbon benchmarks and ambitious reduction goals. The Commitment was adopted by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

 

Embodied Carbon Harmonization and Optimization

AEC industry organizations are increasingly reporting built environment embodied carbon emissions. Variations in life cycle assessment (LCA) scope, methodology, terminology, and other factors result in inconsistent reporting that impedes comparison, benchmarking, or setting reduction targets. These limitations hold the industry back from more rapid adoption of embodied carbon measurement and management practices.

Following years of collaboration amongst various individual groups, built environment industry leaders came together in March 2023 in Seattle, with recurring meetings since, to discuss a potential coalition to accelerate and strategize how to rapidly reduce embodied carbon in the built environment. As organizations currently or imminently gathering embodied carbon data from the built environment industry, creating tools and resources, and building awareness about this critical issue, we believe that we can move faster together.

Convening Organizations

Partnering Organizations

MEP 2040: A Challenge for MEP Engineers

The MEP 2050 Challenge, an initiative conceived of and developed by members of the CLF, was designed to galvanize building systems engineers (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) to establish company plans to reduce operational and embodied carbon across MEP systems on all projects, targeting net zero by 2040. The Commitment rallies companies to measure and report progress annually; request low-GWP refrigerants; and request Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in project specifications.

 

Impacto de los miembros

 

Carbon Leadership Forum members include architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers, educators, building owners, policymakers, and associations. Community members collaborate through an online forum, regional hubs, action teams, and focus groups, advancing new ideas and approaches through shared tools, data, news and information, and impactful initiatives to reduce embodied carbon. Our member impact section highlights 4 members each month.

 

Impacto de los miembros

 

Carbon Leadership Forum members include architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers, educators, building owners, policymakers, and associations. Community members collaborate through an online forum, regional hubs, action teams, and focus groups, advancing new ideas and approaches through shared tools, data, news and information, and impactful initiatives to reduce embodied carbon. Our member impact section highlights 4 members each month.

 

Patrocinador destacado

 

CLF sponsoring organizations are active leaders working to reduce embodied carbon while supporting CLF’s research and resource development. Sponsors convene regularly to share resources, updates, and lessons, while increasing their embodied carbon literacy and engaging their employees in CLF decarbonization initiatives.

 

Patrocinador destacado

 

CLF sponsoring organizations are active leaders working to reduce embodied carbon while supporting CLF’s research and resource development. Sponsors convene regularly to share resources, updates, and lessons, while increasing their embodied carbon literacy and engaging their employees in CLF decarbonization initiatives.

 

Our Theory of Change

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  • Informar una política eficaz y justa

    To advance government and corporate policy, tools and resources are required to provide the clarity needed for meaningful action. We develop model embodied carbon policy, act as a technical advisor to inform the development of effective and just policies, provide technical support to agencies implementing embodied carbon policy, and collaborate with NGOs to align and advance embodied carbon policies.

  • Improve Tools and Data

    Data is essential for driving effective public and private decarbonization policies and targets. We align, assess and advance embodied carbon data and methodology to increase access and availability of quality embodied carbon data for effective decision-making. We support the development of robust standards.

  • Build Community

    Action must span professions, sectors and geographies. We build, unify and convene a diverse community of leaders to enable widespread action to reduce embodied carbon. Our network of regional leaders is equipped with resources and educational opportunities that build capacity to advocate for and comply with embodied carbon policies.