Kate Simonen

Founding Director at Carbon Leadership Forum


Kate Simonen, AIA, SE, LEEP AP is founding director of the Carbon Leadership Forum, an industry supported academic collaboration highlighting the carbon impact of the built environment, and developing pathways for “carbon smart” building materials to be part of the global climate solution. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, a writer, and a researcher with significant professional experience in high performance buildings, architecture and structural engineering. She authored the authoritative Life Cycle Assessment and the LCA Practice Guide and is co-chair of the Embodied Carbon Network – a global, open-access communications and action network. She is currently project and data lead for the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator an open source embodied carbon database and building planner to be released in the Fall of 2019.