July 17, 2018

Build Positive: Carbon Smart Building Summit

On June 20, the Carbon Leadership Forum brought together over 70 professionals from across the building industry, sustainability-focused nonprofits, and government agencies in New York City for a Build Positive: Carbon Smart Building Summit. Hosted by Skanska USA at the Empire State Building, the three-hour educational session presented participants with a roadmap to transform buildings from climate problems to climate solutions. During the event, CLF Director Kate Simonen was joined by speakers David Arkin (Arkin + Tilt Architects), James Connelly (International Living Future Institute), Chad Frischmann (Project Drawdown), Bruce King (Ecological Building Network), Tyler Krehlik (SmithGroup JJR), Erin McDade (Architecture 2030), Anu Natarajan (StopWaste), Victor Olgyay (Rocky Mountain Institute), Brendan Owens (USGBC), and Larry Strain (Siegel & Strain Architects), who each shared research and strategies for realizing a ‘carbon smart’ built environment, in which buildings are designed to sequester more carbon than they emit.

The event was part of the Carbon Leadership Forum’s broader Carbon Smart Building Initiative, and a pre-cursor to the upcoming CLF-convened Carbon Smart Building Day, a day-long conference in San Francisco at the Global Climate Action Summit. (Engineering News Record covered CLF’s Life-Cycle Assessment Practice Guide publication on July 18.  Read more about the Practice Guide here.)

If you would like to learn more about Carbon Smart Building, you can download lectures and presentations from leading professionals here:


You can register for Carbon Smart Building Day 2018, here:

Carbon Smart Building Day