Member organizations committed to supporting climate smart building.

Membership in the Climate Smart Wood Group is more than a couple logos on our website. Each organization listed here has made a unique commitment to work alongside Climate Smart Wood Group, lending their expertise and resources toward making it easy to differentiate and source transparent, traceable climate-smart wood. Together we are forming a leadership network across North America that provides the technical horsepower, trusted guidance and direct connections the building sector needs to successfully choose climate-smart material.

Inaugural Members

Climate Smart Wood Group welcomed its inaugural group of members in September, 2023. These organizations are committed to the development of pathways and partnerships that resolve today’s uncertainty around the climate impacts of wood sourcing choices, so that demand from building sector decarbonization and sustainability leaders can be met with supply from trusted climate-smart forest practices. They are leaders in this initiative who put their time, expertise and reputation to work getting it off the ground.

ARUP Group Limited

For over 75 years, Arup has been recognised for its vision, talent and tenacity.

Dedicated to sustainable development, the firm is a collective of 18,000 designers, advisors and experts working across 140 countries. Founded to be both humane and excellent, we collaborate with our clients and partners using imagination, technology and rigour to shape a better world.

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BORA Architecture & Interiors

Bora Architecture & Interiors is a 74-person, national design practice based in Portland, Oregon. With health, equity and sustainability essential to our pursuit of inspiring architecture, we are committed to creating transformative environments that shape communities and elevate the human experience.

We pride ourselves on thoughtfully crafted design that sparks curiosity and brings people together. Our love for the arts influences our work, infusing design in such a way that each project tells a unique and creative story. We also recognize design as a platform and responsibility—one in which we can play an active role in making our world more just and equitable.

The value we place on nature, sustainability and authenticity stems from our roots in the Pacific Northwest. Our surroundings have both grounded and inspired us while propelling a design reputation that has opened doors to work throughout the country. Through our diverse work we embrace every opportunity to advocate for meaningful spaces in which all communities can thrive.

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Forest Stewards Guild

We envision ecologically, economically, and socially responsible forestry as the standard for professional forest management, from coast to coast.

Forest Stewards Guild practices and promotes responsible forestry as a means of sustaining the integrity of forest ecosystems and the human communities dependent upon them. The Guild engages in education, training, policy analysis, research, and advocacy to foster excellence in stewardship, support practicing foresters and allied professionals, and engage a broader community in the challenges of forest conservation and management.

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International Living Future Institute

The International Living Future Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world.

Our beautiful planet is capable of supporting vast diverse ecosystems, allowing human communities to thrive, and we are capable as a species of living in balance with ecosystems and in balance with each other. At ILFI, we envision a future where our planet and humanity are thriving, and we work towards that future every day. We refer to this future as the Living Future.

Our mission is a society that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.

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KPFF Consulting Engineers

KPFF is a multi-office, multi-discipline engineering firm. We’re driven by a commitment to our core values of Excellence, Trust, Relationships, Stability, and Passion; defining our professional practice, how we are organized and our commitment to our clients and employees. For more than 60 years, KPFF has provided creative, practical solutions for projects of all kinds, scales and industries. We approach every design challenge to fulfill our passion for solving problems, delivering excellence and enabling the growth and creativity of our people, partners and profession.

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LEVER Architecture

LEVER is a leading architectural practice recognized for design excellence and material innovation. From our offices in Portland and Los Angeles, we collaborate with communities, institutions, and creative companies to design buildings and spaces that elevate human experience.

We see architecture as a tool for moving the world forward, leveraging the forces that shape our broader culture to create buildings that amplify our clients’ goals and aspirations. Design excellence is the fulcrum of LEVER’s approach to making buildings that are simple, elegant, beautiful, and inherently useful.

We are focused on how we can leverage the specific qualities of a place—climate, access to materials, community, and the resources of the specific sites we work with—to deliver design excellence in every project we undertake, whether at home on the west coast or nationally.

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Mahlum is committed to creating enduring communities to support the lives of future generations.

As a community of practice, Mahlum makes places that promote learning, wellness, healing and more. We seek work that serves the whole rather than the individual as we believe in the power of design to connect us to each other and to the earth. As a result, our practice reflects these values and beliefs, and is realized in our intentional focus on PK-12 Education, Higher Education, Student Housing and Healthcare markets. Deeply rooted in the Northwest, strong design values guide every aspect of the firm. We strive to design architecture that is poetic, enduring, and inspiring. By creating spaces that consistently express the culture, aspirations, and identity of the communities we serve, the distinctive character of each is honored.

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New England Forestry Foundation

A hike through a New Hampshire forest in the fall, a Vermont barn made from locally milled trees, and the clear, clean waters of a Maine river—these are just a few of the many gifts New England’s forests offer. Across the region, forests provide timber for housing, carbon sequestration, clean air and water, local jobs, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities.

These benefits support a vibrant and thriving region as well as a more climate-secure future, and New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) both protects forests for future generations and ensures they make the greatest possible impact in the fight against climate change.

Through the application of our core expertise in conserving forestland and advancing Exemplary Forestry, New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) helps the people of New England to sustain their way of life, protect forest wildlife habitat and ecosystem services, and mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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Founded in 1968, SERA is a 100% employee-owned, multidisciplinary firm dedicated to making people’s daily lives better. SERA has played a key role in the development to its home city of Portland, Oregon, championing walkable neighborhoods, innovative re-use of existing buildings, and ground-breaking sustainable design and construction. Today, the firm operates both in the Pacific Northwest and in Northern California, building on its long experience with adaptive re-use and historic renovations by practicing forward-thinking design and planning for mixed-use housing, hospitality, workplace, and public sector projects, partnering with a wide variety of community based, corporate, civic, and institutional clients.

SERA provides several core services: architecture, interior design, sustainable design, urban design and planning, and landscape architecture. Our staff includes subject matter experts in critical design areas, including building envelope design, lighting design, climate responsive design metrics and modeling, LEED coordination, streetscapes and urban design, district systems (ecodistricts) civil engineering, and—in this age of increasing natural disasters and a growing need for preparedness, resilience.

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Turner Construction

Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company and is a leading builder in diverse market segments. The company has earned recognition for undertaking large and complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community. With a staff of over 10,000 employees, the company completes $15 billion of construction on 1,500 projects each year. Turner offers clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization.

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ZGF Architecture

ZGF is an industry leader in sustainable and regenerative design. We embraced sustainable design as a core value long before “green” or “LEED” became common phrases. As stewards of the built environment, our applied research and learnings over the past 70 years allow us to invent new approaches that address urgent climate challenges in complex building types including laboratories, hospitals, learning spaces at colleges and universities, and corporate headquarters.

Urban planning has influenced our work since the firm’s inception—we design buildings and cities that harness the opportunities of a carbon neutral future. Alongside this, we strengthen our clients’ ESG goals with design solutions that embody their mission, vision, and values.

We are dedicated to working with the entire industry to solve the pressing environmental and social issues of our time. As a firm, we are committed to the 2030 Challenge, the US Architects Declare, and have signed the Healthy Materials Pledge. In 2021, we signed the 1.5°C COP26 Communiqué to further call on the industry and our colleagues to join us in reducing our carbon footprint, and in 2022, we updated our JUST 2.0 label to best evaluate our social justice and equity practices.

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Become a Member

Membership in the Climate Smart Wood Group demonstrates your organization’s commitment to supporting our work. Please contact the the Climate Smart Wood Group at to apply for a membership.