September  2020

Motivation, Momentum, Impact
By Anthony Hickling, Managing Director, Carbon Leadership Forum

I joined the Carbon Leadership Forum because I believe that reducing (and ultimately eliminating) embodied carbon in buildings and infrastructure is one of the most effective ways to reverse climate change. In my first month working at this organization, it has become clear that I am not alone in this belief. Thanks to you, our growing community of members, hubs, sponsors and donors, there is strong motivation and momentum to rapidly address this problem. We are positioned to make a significant impact, fast.

Growing energy to reduce embodied carbon has been clear through myriad anecdotal interactions, as well as the data we can track at CLF. As you’ll see in the By the Numbers section of this newsletter, thousands of industry industry professionals are coming to CLF to learn about Valutazione del ciclo di vita strategies, embodied carbon benchmarks, the time value of carbon and much more. Your engagement continues to grow and so does our list of resources and new initiatives.

In the coming months we’re growing our team to improve the Calcolatore di carbonio incorporato nella costruzione, support Buy Clean Policy initiatives, drive the employment of biogenic materials, and much more. We are even moving beyond reduction strategies to reimagine buildings as net absorbers of atmospheric carbon. Imagine a world where we can grow buildings from agricultural byproducts and other natural materials!

Our mission is a massive undertaking and one that requires collective action across all sectors. And despite the enormity of this project, I am inspired by your overwhelming support. Thanks to you, the Carbon Leadership Forum is the go-to thought leader and mobilizer for reducing embodied carbon. We are perfectly positioned to make a dramatic impact, and I thank you for helping build and rapidly expand this movement.


EC Benchmark Study  
Until CLF released this study in 2016, it was hard for building designers to know where to start. Stefanie Barrera
Architectural Staff presso SMR Architects, Seattle, WA

Storia dell'origine: lo studio di benchmark sul carbonio incarnato

by Stefanie Barrera

Il College of Built Environments presso l'Università di Washington offre a tutti gli studenti di M. Arch dai 3 anni in su uno stage retribuito presso diverse aziende locali dopo aver completato il primo anno del programma. Come studente in questo programma, nell'estate del 2016 sono stato abbinato al Carbon Leadership Forum presso l'UW Integrated Design Lab.

At the Carbon Leadership Forum in 2016, I worked alongside Professor Kate Simonen and Ph.D. student Barbara Rodriguez Droguett on the Embodied Carbon Benchmark Project, which sought to develop a database of existing building embodied carbon studies to discover trends and establish better ways to reduce uncertainties in data collection.

Il progetto faceva parte dell'obiettivo generale del Carbon Leadership Forum di supportare il monitoraggio e la riduzione del carbonio "incarnato". In passato, il settore edile si è concentrato sulla riduzione delle emissioni di carbonio aumentando l'efficienza energetica degli edifici operativi. Sebbene ciò significhi che gli edifici producono meno carbonio operativo, il monitoraggio e la riduzione delle emissioni di carbonio incorporate non è stata una priorità.

Leggi di più


By the Numbers  
Embodied Carbon Downloads
Resources for education and action. The CLF has been tracking downloads of key publications from its website since 2017. In total, CLF publications have been downloaded almost 24,000 times. The top 10 most popular downloaded files are shown in the chart above.
Impatto sui membri  

Mark Chen 
Ingegnere senior per la sostenibilità, Skanska USA Building Inc.

Barbara Rodriguez Droguett
Académica FAU, Universidad de Chile


Gerald Wilson 
President and CEO, Autonomic Materials, the Self-Healing Co.

Alana Guzzetta
National Research Laboratory Manager presso US Concrete

Find out what steps our members are doing to address embodied carbon
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A Greener Mix  

New York Times
Concrete, a Centuries-Old Material, Gets a New Recipe

di Jane Margolies

On any given day, Central Concrete, in San Jose, Calif., does what concrete companies have been doing for centuries: combining sand, gravel, water and cement to create the slurry that is used in construction.

Ma Central - una delle poche aziende in prima linea nel movimento per rendere più verde il cemento - sta sperimentando sempre più alcune miscele decisamente nuove.

In una parte dell'impianto, l'anidride carbonica di una compagnia di gas chimico viene iniettata nel calcestruzzo, bloccando quel gas serra e tenendolo fuori dall'atmosfera, dove contribuirebbe al riscaldamento globale. Altrove, gli ingegneri armeggiano con la ricetta del cemento, provando sostituti per parte del cemento, che costituisce circa il 15 percento della miscela e funziona come la colla che tiene tutto insieme.

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This month’s action checklist

Unisciti alla Community CLF online – focus groups, regional hubs, information, collaboration, research, resources, exploration, innovation.
International Living Future Institute: Zero Carbon Conference, Online October 7-8 – Scaling our decarbonized future.
Check out Carbon Leadership Forum News with comprehensive coverage of the movement to reduce embodied carbon.

About the Carbon Leadership Forum at the University of Washington

Chi siamo

  • 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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