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WSP: High Performance, Low Carbon

by Teresa Vangeli and Sarah Buffaloe Using Life Cycle Assessments to Expand Embodied Carbon Reduction Practices for Buildings and Infrastructure As employees of WSP USA — one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services consultancies — and...

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Looking Ahead to Embodied Carbon Policy Action in 2022

by Meghan LewisSenior Researcher, Carbon Leadership Forum 2021 was a busy year for embodied carbon policy, and 2022 looks to be filled with even more action at the federal, state, and local levels to reduce embodied carbon. Read below for a few highlights, and...

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Introducing Brad Benke

Researcher, Carbon Leadership Forum, University of Washington Brad Benke, AIA, is a Research Scientist at the Carbon Leadership Forum focused on creating and improving LCA data, tools, and policies to rapidly scale and advance carbon drawdown strategies for the...

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Addressing Climate Change through Façade Design

Functional Aspects of Facades and the Role of Embodied Carbon by Vaclav Hasik, Data Manager at Building Transparency Since the beginning of human civilizations, buildings and their facades have had three main functions: shelter from the elements, providing daylight...

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MKA: Engineering an Environmental Solution

Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA):A Focus on Making a Climate Difference Finding creative and innovative structural engineering solutions has proved to be one of the most rewarding aspects of our careers.  But perhaps the biggest challenge of our generation...

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Wisconsin Girl Scouts on a Mission to Educate an Industry

Troops 1477 and 1952 Produce Educational Video on Embodied Carbon in Concreteby Julia PoolerLeader of Girl Scout Troop 1477 and 1952, Madison, Wisconsin, Badgerland Council Girl Scout Troops 1477 and 1952 of the Wisconsin Badgerland Council decided they wanted to...

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The Embodied Carbon Challenge for India

Kickoff for CLF Bengaluru Outlines Opportunities for Collaboration and Actionby Abhinav Sujit Project director and architect for klimArt Pvt Ltd, and Co-founder of CLF Bengaluru India is expected to grow drastically in terms of both real estate and population by...

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Changing the World One City at a Time

CLF Regional Hubs Flourish in Philly, Phoenix, Minnesota, Seattle, Boston, Austin, Atlanta, Ottawa, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Alberta, New York City, Omaha, Vancouver, Bengaluru, Rocky Mountain,...

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Six Months into the SEI SE 2050 Commitment

Structural Engineers Combine to Share Learning, Resources, and Ambitious Decarbonization Goals By Chris Jeseritz Chris Jeseritz is a project manager at PCS Structural Solutions and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s (ASCE) Structural Engineering...

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Drawdown Building: How New Frameworks Changed the Game

An unusual Vermont company works to strengthen the connection between the natural and built environments by Jacob Deva RacusinDesign Studio Director and Director of Building Science and Sustainability, New Frameworks New Frameworks is a worker-owned cooperative...

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Introducing Meghan Lewis

Senior Researcher, Carbon Leadership Forum, University of Washington Meghan Lewis is a Senior Researcher at the Carbon Leadership Forum, where she leads research on procurement of low carbon materials and how public and private embodied carbon policy can support...

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Introducing Stephanie Carlisle

Senior Researcher, Carbon Leadership Forum, University of Washington Stephanie Carlisle is an architect and environmental researcher whose work investigates the interaction between the natural and built environment, including embodied carbon, life cycle assessment...

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Introducing Monica Huang

Research Engineer, Carbon Leadership Forum, University of Washington Monica Huang is a research engineer with experience in environmental life cycle assessment (LCA). Recent projects include the Wood Carbon Seminars, LCA of Katerra's Catalyst Building, LCA of...

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Introducing Andrew Himes

Director of Collective Impact, Carbon Leadership Forum, University of Washington Andrew Himes is director of collective impact initiatives to reduce embodied carbon emissions in new building construction. He has been a partner in Carbon Innovations LLC, a social...

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Looking Ahead to Embodied Carbon Policy Action in 2021

As the tools and expertise available to measure and reduce embodied carbon have expanded, the urgency has shifted necessarily away from basic understanding of the importance of embodied carbon to taking bold steps towards meaningful action and reductions. Policy is...

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Learning About Forests, Carbon, and Wood

Wood Carbon Seminars: A CLF Learning Series by Monica Huang Research Engineer, Carbon Leadership Forum In April 2020 we launched the Wood Carbon Seminars, an 8-week webinar series that invited wood experts to answer the building industry’s common and critical...

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Renee Cheng: Change Agency, Value Change

Amid the pandemic, economic crash, and social justice outcries awaits a collision that will reveal new questions for the design profession, writes the renowned educator, researcher, and current dean of the University of Washington's College of Built Environments....

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Origins: Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study

"We sought to develop a database of existing building embodied carbon studies  to discover trends and establish better ways to reduce uncertainties in data collection." By Stefanie Barrera Architectural Staff at SMR Architects, Seattle, WA The College of Built...

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Decarbonization and Social Equity

Environmental Stewardship and Social Responsibility: We Can Do It All By Donald I. King FAIA Eco-consciousness and the selling of green design For many of us who have worked in low-income communities for decades, combining green building applications with a concern...

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Introducing Anthony Hickling

Managing Director, Carbon Leadership Forum, University of Washington Anthony Hickling has experience in environmental and social sustainability as well as nonprofit management and fundraising. His foundations in sustainable building are informed by experience at...

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Our Mission is Transformation

by Kate Simonen Founding Director of the Carbon Leadership Forum We’re living through an extraordinary moment in human history, as though the 1918 flu epidemic, the 1929 market crash, and the 1963 March on Washington during the civil rights era were to occur...

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The Nehemiah Initiative

Building Beloved Community While Working to Decarbonize Buildings by Mark Jones with Andrew Himes The Central District is an historically Black neighborhood in Seattle. Its proximity to downtown Seattle, its affordable homes and tree-lined streets have made it an...

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The Delacorte Review: The Baller

Can attitude help save the planet? A frightened climate reporter meets an ex-basketball player with a serious game plan. By Audrey Gray Teammates surrounded Mazria in Los Angeles...bumping elbows instead of shaking hands as they gathered at the Intercontinental...

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Impact-Driven, Carbon-Storing Architecture

MASS Design is on a mission to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity Feature story by Tina Dilegge Surrounded by gardens, terraces and courtyards on a hillside overlooking the rolling green landscape of northern...

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