Who We Are
The Carbon Leadership Forum accelerates the transformation of the building sector to radically reduce the greenhouse gas emissions attributed to materials (also known as embodied carbon) used in buildings and infrastructure.
We research, educate, and foster cross-collaboration to bring embodied carbon of buildings and infrastructure down to zero.
We envision a transformed, decarbonized building industry – better buildings for a better planet.
Our mission is to eliminate embodied carbon of buildings, materials, and infrastructure to create a just and thriving future.
How We Do it
Recognizing that buildings account for nearly half of global CO2 emissions, the Carbon Leadership Forum, an organization at the University of Washington, is dedicated to accelerating the transformation of the building sector to radically reduce the embodied carbon in building materials and construction through collective action.
The Carbon Leadership Forum propels knowledge through its embodied carbon research and resources, collaboration through its robust network of architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers, building owners, policymakers, and associations, and action by supporting and empowering its members to advance new ideas and approaches through impactful initiatives.
We investigate the pathways for maximizing carbon reductions and lead collaborative research with material experts, NGOs, industry partners and policymakers.
We accelerate learning by crowdsourcing and disseminating knowledge that empowers our members.
We bring together architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers, building owners, policymakers, and associations through environments designed to connect inspired advocates and spark unprecedented collaboration.
We accelerate market transformation by inspiring, supporting and empowering our members to advance new ideas through impactful initiatives.
Meet the Team
University of Washington Staff
Andrew HimesDirector of Collective Impact
Anthony HicklingManaging Director
Azeezah Sultana PriyotaResearch Assistant
Chad EvansOperations Manager
Jordan PalmeriSenior Researcher
Karisha Shahnaz HariadiResearch Assistant
Kate SimonenExecutive Director, CLF
Mahsa TorabiVisiting Researcher
Meghan ByrneEngagement and Communications Lead
Meghan LewisSenior Researcher
Oscar JimenezStudent Intern
Prajin UttamchandaniCLF Intern
Sindhu RajuStudent Assistant
Stephanie CarlisleSenior Researcher
Up Close and Personal
CLF staff members introduce themselves with personal essays
Deepshi KaushalAcademic, Architect, Urbanist and Consultant
Reshma SinghIMPEL+, a program of the Department of Energy at Berkeley Lab
Amanda KaminskyBuilding Product Ecosystems
Sarah KingKilroy Realty Corporation
Dirk KestnerWalter P. Moore
Marta SchantzUrban Land Institute (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance
Nilesh BansalGreen Building Initiative
Barbra BatShalomSustainable Performance Institute
Ryan ZizzoMantle Developments
Past Staff and Students
2022-2023 Carbon Leadership Forum Impact Report
A changed landscape for embodied carbon action
Over the past five years, we’ve seen the emergence of an unprecedented global focus on climate mitigation, carbon sequestration, technological creativity and innovation. We’ve seen more sophisticated carbon assessments, innovations in material production, a sharper focus on rigorous interpretation of carbon claims, and significant shifts in industry practice supporting decarbonization. And within the building industry, we’ve seen evidence of revolutionary change for both materials
and the buildings that incorporate them.