Guidelines for CLF Regional Hub Leaders

Regional Hubs are convened by groups of CLF Community members to help interested professionals share best practices, discuss solutions, and spread the word about embodied carbon. Hubs initially arose without any particular guidance or strategic planning. However, this spontaneous growth was driven by a deep sense of urgency, and a profound desire to collaborate across our industry. By the spring of 2021, Regional Hubs had been initiated in 29 cities across the globe, from Boston to Bengaluru, from Omaha to Ottawa. This document provides guidance on how to create and organize a Hub, how to take advantage of CLF resources to build a Hub, and CLF’s expectations and requirements for Hubs and their leaders.

The Value of Hub Membership

Building industry professionals join CLF Regional Hubs to:

  • Connect with others in their communities who are interested in reducing carbon emissions associated with building materials, design, and construction.
  • Learn how to reduce embodied carbon in projects, using tools, data, and other resources.
  • Engage in discussions to advance embodied carbon understanding and action.
  • Create, share and utilize educational resources that aid in reducing embodied carbon.
  • Act with others to advance public and organizational policies to reduce embodied carbon.
  • Connect their firms, companies, and organizations to CLF’s embodied carbon mission as partners and sponsors.
  • Address systemic inequality and structural racism, connecting environmental justice with the carbon challenge.

How Can Hubs Use the CLF Community and Website?

  • Communicate to Regional Hub members using the button on the Hub group page.
  • Post regional events on the CLF Community Calendar.
  • Submit webinar video recordings for the CLF Youtube Channel.
  • Submit case studies, white papers, links, and articles for publication in the CLF Resource Library
  • Nominate members for recognition in Member Impact.
  • Post new topics for discussion by the broader CLF community.

Five Easy Steps for Starting a Hub

  1. A minimum of three CLF Community members decide to take collective responsibility for launching a new Hub.
  2. Submit an online application to CLF, identifying the proposed leaders of the Hub and describing local interest in establishing a Hub.
  3. New Hub leaders are contacted by a member of the Regional Hub Steering Committee to answer their questions, invite them to meetings with other Hub leaders, and connect them to available resources.
  4. CLF Staff creates a new discussion group for the Hub on the CLF Community.
  5. New Hub leaders invite building industry professionals from their region to a public event designed to launch the Hub, recruit members, and activate sharing, collaboration, and leadership in the region.

How to Grow a Hub

  • Create a schedule of regular meetings featuring popular topics for discussion, education, and action.
  • Use the CLF Community platform to promote discussion, resource sharing, and engagement between meetings.
  • Share and rotate leadership and facilitation of the Hub to develop participation and resilience.
  • Look for opportunities to promote collective action by Hub members to engage with companies, organizations (especially other like minded organizations like AIA COTE, USGBC, and ILFI), local communities, and public agencies to reduce embodied carbon.

How to Join an Existing Hub

  1. Visit the CLF Community.
  2. If you are already a CLF member, you can sign in and then join the group immediately.
  3. If you are not a CLF member yet, click .
  4. After your application has been approved, you can join the group.

To join any Regional Hub:

  1. Sign in, and select Regional Hubs from the Groups menu…
  2. or select All Groups from the Groups menu, and then click on the name of your Hub.
  3. Click .

Communication Channels for CLF and Regional Hubs

Hub leaders have several channels for communicating with their members:

  • The Group page for each Hub. Each Group page has a button that triggers an email notification to all Hub members.
  • CLF regularly posts on the CLF LinkedIn page, and some Hub leaders have created Linkedin pages to connect with their own members. Examples include Alberta, Vancouver, Portland, Bengaluru, and Omaha.
  • Some Regional Hubs have created their own websites or pages. Examples include Vancouver, Bengaluru, and Boston.
  • Email lists with the contact information of local hub members to distribute educational material, meeting invitations, and updates from the CLF

CLF Branding

Active Regional Hubs are provided with graphical sub-branding that echoes and leverages the CLF brand, including logos, colors, fonts, and other visual components. Samples of Hub logos:

Responsibilities of Hub Leaders

  • Identify challenges and opportunities in reducing embodied carbon in their region with the help of a diverse Hub
  • Organize and host gatherings of Hub members
  • Encourage collaborative sharing, learning, and action to reduce embodied carbon
  • Promote and facilitate Hub members’ participation in the CLF global network
  • Report to CLF on the contributions and successes of Hub members
  • Leverage the examples and contributions of other Hubs

Metrics for Success

  • How many local building industry professionals join CLF and the Regional Hub?
  • How many attend Hub meetings or engage in other Hub activities?
  • Is the internal life of the Hub vital and energetic, fostering enthusiasm, inviting new members, encouraging collective action to make a difference?
  • Is your hub setting and meeting goals within a reasonable timeline?

Legal and Organizational Guidelines

  • With explicit permission from the Regional Hub Steering Committee, a Hub may create its own independent nonprofit organization with the ability to accept donations to support local Hub activities and events.
  • A Hub may create a voluntary fee for Hub membership. However, no Hub may institute a required or mandatory membership fee. CLF membership generally is free and open to all.
  • A Hub may solicit financial contributions from corporate sponsors to support its events and other activities, however any such donation will not be exempt from US taxes unless the sponsor makes the donation directly to a qualified nonprofit organization other than the CLF. The CLF does not provide the service of fiscal sponsorship for tax purposes to any Regional Hub or any other affiliated organization.
  • Hubs are independent organizations and are not legal components of the Carbon Leadership Forum. Thus, the CLF accepts no responsibility or liability for the actions of any Hub. Furthermore, Hubs, their leaders, and members are not authorized to speak on behalf of the CLF. Any views or opinions of Hubs, their leaders, and members are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of the CLF.
  • The CLF is a US-based non-profit organization and a program of the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. As such, the CLF is the beneficiary of public support and tax-exempt donations, and is prohibited from lobbying, including political activity or advocacy for specific public policies. This prohibition extends to and includes any Hub that uses the name and sub-branding of the CLF.
  • The privileges associated with recognition as a CLF Regional Hub, including but not restricted to use of the CLF brand, logo, and name, are conditional upon the Hub and its leaders and members following these guidelines. Such privileges may be withdrawn at any time at the sole discretion of the CLF.