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Wednesday, September 12

9:00am PDT

Beyond Better Building: How a Collaborative Design Approach Will Shape the Future of Sustainable Buildings
Track: Net Positive Products + Enterprise

Living Building Challenge, LEED v4, the WELL Building Standard, BREAAM, net positive buildings, 2030 districts: which of these initiatives are you pursuing? This session will feature industry-leading building product companies on their development of products with reduced life cycle impacts, achieved through the use of transparency documentation, third-party certification labels, and sustainable product innovation. Join this session to learn how product manufacturers and the building community can work together to disrupt the norm and design the sustainable buildings of the future.

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Lisa Conway

VP Sustainability, Americas, Interface, Inc
Lisa Conway is the VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface – the modular flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. As a member of a global team, she and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. They’re... Read More →
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Amy Vigneux

Director, Sustainable Building Solutions, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions
Amy Vigneux is the Director of Sustainable Building Solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions in New Haven, Connecticut. Amy joined ASSA ABLOY in 2007 and has held a variety of positions across numerous divisions in customer service, marketing, sales, and sustainability. She... Read More →
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Natalie Walker

Director of Operations, GreenCircle Certified, LLC
Natalie Walker is a member of the GreenCircle Certified team in the role of Director of Operationswhere she manages the completion of third-party certifications for sustainability claims for products and operations. At GCC, Natalie has conducted and managed a broad range of certifications... Read More →
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Dennis Wilson

Director, Sustainability & Product Stewardship, Saint-Goban
Dennis joined CertainTeed in 2007 and has since worked in a variety of operational EHS, product stewardship and sustainability roles. Dennis has a BS in Applied Environmental Health & Safety Sciences Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Environmental Protection & Safety Management... Read More →

Wednesday September 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Room 325 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

9:00am PDT

Designing a Sustainable Future - Bringing Buildings to Life for Health, Comfort, and the Environment
Track: Creating Healthy Buildings

With a growing focus on real-time monitoring of health and sustainability metrics in buildings, understanding the latest technologies on the market to enable monitoring and automate response is becoming crucial in delivering best in class healthy and sustainable buildings. Hear from consultants who are working to bring projects to life in the name of health, comfort and the environment by incorporating proactive and reactive technologies. Additionally, learn from manufacturers who are setting the stage for the next wave of technological and integrative innovation that will allow buildings to meet your health and sustainability goals. The smart buildings of the future are quickly becoming buildings of today!

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Rachel Berman

Sustainability Program Manager, MechoSystems
Rachel Berman, LEED AP O+M, is the Sustainability Program Manager at MechoSystems, the leading manufacturer of commercial window-covering systems. Rachel oversees the company’s sustainability strategy which includes material health, circular economy, and the benefits from natural... Read More →
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Annie Bevan

Sustainability Manager, Superior Essex
Annie Bevan is a sustainability professional with over 10 years of experience working with organizations to develop processes, procedures, and standards to analyze and certify various sustainability claims in products, supply chains, buildings, and within manufacturing operations... Read More →
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Janna Wandzilak

Director, Delos
As a Director at Delos, Janna consults on projects aiming to integrate aspects of health and wellness into the built environment, utilizing tools such as WELL Certification. She also helps to educate the industry about health and wellness in the built environment through workshops... Read More →

Wednesday September 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Room 327 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

9:00am PDT

LPC Material Health Reviews - What is Involved?
Track: Social Equity + Supply Chains

We would like to introduce the ToxFMD Program, talk about its criteria for Pass/Fail, cover what information is needed to perform the review, and talk about how a ToxFMD review can open the path to formulation optimization.

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Bergen Hubert

Sustainability Scientist, ToxServices LLC
Ms. Bergen Hubert is a Sustainability Scientist at ToxServices LLC. Ms. Hubert holds a B.A. in Environmental Sciences and Global Sustainability from the University of Virginia, and a M.S. in Environmental Science: Legislation & Management from the Institute for the Environment at... Read More →
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Edward Pavia

Senior Project Manager, ToxServices LLC
Mr. Edward Pavia is a Senior Project Manager who earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and his Masters of Science degree in Appropriate Technology from Appalachian State University. Mr. Pavia served as Legislative Assistant... Read More →

Wednesday September 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Room 326 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

9:00am PDT

Product Transparency: Supplier Engagement Examples and Tools That Can Lead to Positive Chemical Handprints
Track: Green Chemistry + Health

This session will present supplier engagement trends with a focus on materials health data, disruptive health assessments and chemical handprints. The session will include case studies and tools for collecting material ingredient data from suppliers. Participants will learn about new trends in methods and see an outline of best practices for supplier engagement to deliver meaningful and actionable results from supplier data collection efforts. With data in hand, the panel will share the power of good ingredient data by introducing innovations via net positive chemical handprints. The panel will present the ripple effect that programs like the Living Product Challenge are having in chemical ecosystems.

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Pete Girard

CEO, Toxnot
Co-founding toxnot.com is only the latest in a long line of sustainability driven endeavors for Pete. As toxnot’s CEO, Pete combines over a decade of strategic experience at the multinational level, with a well-respected background in product management, lifecycle assessment, product... Read More →
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William Paddock

Managing Director, WAP Sustainability
William Paddock is the Founder and Director of WAP Sustainability Consulting. Over the last decade, William has become a trusted leader as a sustainability expert for manufacturers and brands. William offers a unique blend of business and environmental experience that compliments... Read More →
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Amir Sekhavat

Global Director, Copper Product Management & Enterprise Market Development, Superior Essex
Amir Sekhavat is Global Director of Copper Product Management and Enterprise Market Development at Superior Essex. Amir has twelve years of experience in the telecommunications industry, specializing in copper communications cable products. Before joining the team at Superior Essex... Read More →

Wednesday September 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Room 324 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

9:00am PDT

Regenerative Tech and Biophilic BIM: Bringing Natural Materials to Modern Construction
Track: Biomimicry + Biophilic Design

Natural materials have inherent strengths due to their genius designer, our earth. Utilizing nature's gifts had long been the go-to for creating the products we use every day, until the industrial revolution changed this practice. The growing trend of biophilic design and yearn to reconnect with nature is opening up passageways to utilize our natural resources and facilitate a regenerative economy. Modern technologies allow us to work with and understand natural materials in a way even the strictest code official would approve of. Learn about the technologies easing manufacturing, design, specification, and engineering of natural construction materials.

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Michaela Harms

R+D Programs Manager, WholeTrees Structures
Michaela Harms works to expand and execute WholeTrees’ R+D strategy to commercialize engineered structural products made of trees resultant of sustainable forest management. Her ability to identify focused research goals and successfully procure grant funding helps continue the... Read More →
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Wil V. Srubar III

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Prof. Wil V. Srubar III is an assistant professor of architectural engineering and materials science and engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his PhD from Stanford University in 2013 and his BS and MS from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas... Read More →

Wednesday September 12, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Room 323 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

10:45am PDT

Can PVC be a "Green" Product?: The Evolving Story of Polyvinyl Chloride
Track: Biomimicry + Biophilic Design

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is one of the most common materials in the building products industry, and also one of the most hotly debated topics in green building. While the industry has made progress in addressing health issues with the manufacturer and use of vinyl, concerns remain around the supply chain and end of life for the material. Join this session with four leading experts across the industry including a toxicologist, manufacturer, material researcher and specifier to understand and uncover the lingering issues with the material and engage in an open honest conversation about the best way to move the industry forward towards more sustainable PVC.

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Lisa Britton

Director of Sales & Marketing, Industrial Louvers, Inc.
Lisa Britton, CSI, CCPR, LEED AP BD+C, GGP is the Director of Sales & Marketing and Sustainability Champion for Industrial Louvers, Inc., a manufacturer of custom architectural metal products. Throughout her career, Britton has strived to advance standards and formats in the construction... Read More →
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Mary Dickinson

Regional Sustainable Design Leader, Perkins+Will
As a Regional Sustainable Design Leader at Perkins+Will and member of the firm’s Sustainable Design Council, Mary assures that sustainable ideas are an integral part of the firm’s projects and practices across market sectors. Fueled by her passion in refining the role and impact... Read More →
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Dhruv Raina

Director, Sustainability, Tarkett
Dhruv is passionate about helping businesses grow rapidly and sustainably. He addresses challenging, yet promising opportunities by combining business strategy, product design, and social science to determine where to play and then execute to win. At Tarkett, Dhruv develops North... Read More →
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Jim Vallette

Research Director, Healthy Building Network
Jim works to understand and explain industry’s impacts on people and the planet. He has tracked materials like toxic waste, illegally-harvested timber and fish, and ozone-depleting chemicals, around the world. His findings have supported major global policy developments like the... Read More →
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Meg Whittaker

Managing Director, ToxServices

Wednesday September 12, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 323 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

10:45am PDT

East Coast/West Coast, Small/Large - Two Schools Meeting LBC's Red List
Track: Creating Healthy Buildings
Like many schools across the nation, Sonoma Academy, a west coast, rural high school, and the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, an east coast, urban, K-8 school are rethinking educational design. By pushing for material transparency, these two projects are turning their learning facilities into healthy havens and proving that the LBC Material’s Red List is achievable across a variety of building types and scales.

This session will examine Sonoma Academy’s new Janet Durgin Guild & Commons building - a 2-story, 19,500-sf hybrid maker space, cooking lab, and learning center, located in Santa Rosa, and explore the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh 8th Grade Classroom building, a 1,000-sf modular learning space located near downtown Pittsburgh. Design teams from both projects will discuss how they overcame hurdles to meet LBC Red List, and illustrate how their projects pushed for transparency, energy-efficient products and systems, and avoided harmful chemicals. They’ll lead a dynamic discussion about the future of building materials, focusing on where the A+D industry should head in terms of local and sustainable products.

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Patricia Culley

Senior Associate, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Patricia Culley is a Senior Associate with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, an award-winning national architecture firm. Patricia's approach to architecture centers on the balance between thoughtful design and environmental consciousness. A leader in the firm for sustainability, her extensive... Read More →
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Chris Klehm

Vice President of Sustainability - Director of Business Development, JENDOCO Construction Corporation
With over 30 years of experience in green building, consulting, and construction, Chris has developed a national reputation as a thought leader, trusted consultant, and expert teacher of sustainable building techniques. He has contributed to over 80 LEED projects, and over 44 million... Read More →
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Courtney Lorenz

Sustainability Manager, LEED AP, BD+C, XL Construction
Courtney Lorenz, LEED AP, BD+C, Sustainability Manager at XL Construction — She’s responsible for high performance goal setting through construction and post occupancy phases and responsible for the green story box. She’s a recipient of Sustainable North Carolina’s Sustainability... Read More →
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Pauline Souza

Partner, Director of Sustainability, WRNS Studio
Pauline Souza, AIA, LEED Fellow, LBC Hero, USGBC Green Schools National CoChair, Greenest Apple, Green Schools Advocate, WRNS Studio Partner and Director of Sustainability, empowers stakeholders to adopt forward-thinking environmental and social practices. She’s led award-winning... Read More →

Wednesday September 12, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 327 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

10:45am PDT

Footprints and Handprints on the Road to Social Equity
Track: Net Positive Products + Enterprise

Progress on social equity is a must, across all sectors. This requires people to take responsibility for ways in which their behavior may unintentionally harm others, to listen openly, pursue creative solutions, and do this work long-term.

Handprinting reframes environmental challenges as opportunities for actors to create positive change that exceeds their “footprints”, and work towards becoming Net Positive on each impact category. Participants in workshops about environmental handprinting develop new openness to take responsibility for their footprint once they are aware of their power to also create handprints.

We will experientially explore this potential for social equity handprinting.

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Jenna Cramer

Executive Director, Green Building Alliance
A GBA staff member since 2008, Jenna leads efforts to integrate health and sustainability values and practices into projects, buildings, schools, and communities throughout the 26-county Western Pennsylvania region, as well as parts of West Virginia.  She created and implements... Read More →

Chuck Herring

K-5 Enrichment Teacher, South Fayette Township School District
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Greg Norris

Chief Scientist, International Living Future Institute
Dr. Gregory Norris is an internationally acclaimed Life Cycle Analysis expert. In addition to serving as the Institute’s Chief Scientist, Gregory is the co-director of the Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise within the Center for Health and the Global... Read More →

Wednesday September 12, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 325 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

10:45am PDT

Regenerative Products: Considering What We Send Out and Take Back
Track: Social Equity + Supply Chains

This session delves into the trials and tribulations of how manufacturers consider what they put out in the world, and how to get it back. Three Living Product Challenge manufacturers will discuss how their businesses currently address healthy materials and access to those products, and circularity of their production. Each manufacturer finds themselves in a different stage of this process—come prepared to learn from their successes, and be a part of crowdsourcing solutions to as-of-yet unsolved issues.

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Russell Bennett

Recycling Director, Tarkett
As a member of Tarkett’s Sustainability and Environmental Group Russell oversees internal recycling initiatives and the ReStart Reclamation Program. Through the ReStart program, available for all Tarkett products, material is re-introduced into the raw material stream, reducing... Read More →
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Anjanette Green

Consultant and Living Product Challenge Assessor, A Greener Space
Anjanette has 15+ years of experience in Architecture and Design, advising on single and multi-attribute building and material certification projects across the globe. Working with clients from China to New Zealand she analyzes materials and processes providing solutions for some... Read More →
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Mike Johnson

Director of Sustainability, 3Form/LightArt
As Director of Sustainability, Michael Johnson provides direction and oversight to corporate environmental and social responsibility efforts at 3form. These include initiatives designed to achieve goals of zero waste in manufacturing, carbon neutrality, product transparency and optimization... Read More →
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Aimée Robinson

Owner, EcoBalanza
Aimée Robinson founded EcoBalanza in 2009 to fulfill a very important mission: to create upholstered furniture with integrity, furniture that is safe for homes and workplaces, and socially and environmentally responsible.Every upholstered furniture piece handcrafted by EcoBalanza... Read More →

Wednesday September 12, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 326 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

10:45am PDT

Streamlining Product Transparency: Introducing the Toxnot and Declare Partnership
Track: Green Chemistry + Health

Review data hub platforms, such as mindful Materials, and the benefit to specifiers and manufacturers in identifying healthy products and communicating product attributes.

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Andrea Cooper

Living Building Challenge Materials Petal + Declare Manager, International Living Future Institute
Andrea is a sustainable design and construction professional with a background in interior design, architecture and construction management. After receiving her Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Andrea worked on some of the most noteworthy, sustainable... Read More →
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Kayleigh Gregory

Sustainability Coordinator, Mohawk Industries
Kayleigh Gregory is the Sustainability Coordinator at Mohawk Industries. Her current responsibilities include providing global and regional support to the company’s sustainability initiatives including customer relations, employee engagement, manufacturing operations, and external... Read More →
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Eveyln Ritter

Customer Success Manager and Solutions Engineer, Toxnot
Evelyn helps manufacturers leverage technology to ensure their products meet the highest levels of material safety and sustainability possible. By simplifying the process of hazards assessment and applying technology tools, she enables practitioners to spend more time improving their... Read More →

Wednesday September 12, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm PDT
Room 324 David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Thursday, September 13

1:00pm PDT

Healthy Materials in Affordable Housing: Creating Demand + Amplifying Impact
Track: Green Chemistry + Health

For over six years, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) has been partnering with leading affordable housing developers and organizations, including Enterprise Green Communities, to promote and explore the implementation of the Living Building Challenge in affordable housing. Enterprise Green Communities (EGC) has long been a driving force in the industry for sustainable affordable housing. Their 2015 Criteria has been adopted as QAP criteria in many states, setting stringent guidelines for energy and water efficiency, as well as materials health. For their 2019 update, EGC has partnered with ILFI to align their materials criteria with Declare, the Red List, and other ILFI programs. This panel will explore the intended outcome of the partnership, including how simultaneously raising the floor and the ceiling will lead to industry revolution. The panel will feature affordable housing developers and architects, as well as representatives from EGC and ILFI. It will tell the story of how project teams around the nation have pioneered the implementation of Living Building Challenge-compliant materials through regional materials that are contextually appropriate and promote the economy of the local community. Acknowledging failures and successes, the speakers will extrapolate lessons learned and provide replicable and pragmatic strategies for future projects to realize their goals of creating healthful environments free from harmful toxins.

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Aubrie Christensen

Project Manager, Spokane Public Schools
Aubrie Christensen is a Project Manager for Spokane Public Schools where she manages the design and construction for major capital projects. Prior to working at Spokane Public Schools, Aubrie was the Development Project Manager for Foundation Communities, a Non-Profit Affordable Housing... Read More →
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Krista Egger

Senior Director, Enterprise Community Partners
With more than a decade of experience leading energy efficiency initiatives with affordable housing stakeholders, Krista manages Enterprise’s national Green Initiative. Krista develops programs, tools, and partnerships across the sector which deliver value through innovative and... Read More →
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Sunshine Mathon

Chief Executive Officer, Piedmont Housing Alliance
Sunshine Mathon is the Executive Director of Piedmont Housing Alliancein Charlottesville, VA. Having directed deep green design and constructionof new multifamily properties for over a decade, Sunshine has lead thedevelopment of over 1,200 healthy, efficient homes in Texas and Virginia,including... Read More →
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Matthew McGrane

Studio Director, Farr Associates
Matthew McGrane is an Architect and Studio Director at Farr Associates in Chicago.  Matthew is the lead designer and project manager for the Affordable Housing 2.0 pilot project Lawson House, a 400 micro-unit historic rehabilitation in downtown Chicago.  He is also starting the... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 324 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1:00pm PDT

Monmade: How Craft Businesses Tackled Declare
Track: Social Equity + Supply Chains

Through its Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, ILFI teamed up with Bridgeway Capital to educate producers of the Monmade collaborative about ingredient transparency and support four makers to achieve a Declare label. This session will start with an overview of Monmade and the work it is doing in the region to encourage the growth of craft manufacturing. The speakers will then review the Declare platform through the lens of a craft business to understand the unique challenges, the business impacts, and the ability to fit within the LBC (specifically Red List and Living Economy Sourcing). It will be geared towards small manufacturers considering Declare, as well as project teams that want to ensure equitable opportunity for manufacturers of all sizes.

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Jason Forck

Education & Creative Projects Manager, Pittsburgh Glass Center
Jason Forck is a glass artist and designer working out of the Pittsburgh Glass Center inPittsburgh, PA. His recently designed collection of tableware created in Pittsburgh has been featured at the NYNOW expo in New York City, NY.He has exhibited previously in Chicago, Kansas City... Read More →
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Benson Gabler

Pittsburgh Living Product Hub Director, International Living Future Institute
Benson manages the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, which ILFI launched in April 2017 to support the region’s growth of green manufacturing and regenerative product design. A Pittsburgh native, Benson is excited to build ILFI’s presence in the region and work with local manufacturers... Read More →
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Adam Kenney

Director of the Craft Business Accelerator, Bridgeway Capital
Adam brings a comprehensive nonprofit administration skill set to his role at Bridgeway Capital. His previous position was as the Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts where he managed a wide range of activities including marketing, development, and program design. Adam... Read More →
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Nicholas Volpe

Owner/Designer, Temper and Grit
Nicholas Volpe grew up in rural northeastern Pennsylvania, studied Sculpture at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a BFA in Fine Arts. After moving to Pittsburgh in 2014, he started Temper and Grit: an industrial design studio that focuses on its clients’ aesthetic... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 326 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1:00pm PDT

Pushing Boundaries of Biophilic Design
Track: Biomimicry + Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design has been shown to increase productivity, health, and happiness. It's clear that the benefits of connecting people, place, and culture are critical to our wellbeing and future, yet many designers lack the tools and knowledge to effectively implement Biophilic Design from the product to the building scale. This panel of experts will describe the cutting edge implementations of Biophilic Design, along with how people are overcoming challenges in different fields.  Learn practical skills, explore leading edge case studies, and discover effective strategies to incorporate Biophilic Design in your next project.


Vivian Loftness

University Professor, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy
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Amanda Sturgeon

CEO, International Living Future Institute
Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). She is the author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, the founder and driving force behind the organization’s Biophilic Design Initiative and is a sought-after expert on biophilic design around the world. Amanda is an award-winning architect who enjoyed a successful 15-year career working to harmonize the relationship between peo... Read More →
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Joe Zazzera

Principal, Plant Solutions, Inc
Joe Zazzera@joezazzera Joe Zazzera is contagiously enthusiastic about “connecting people to nature”.  He has been (re)connecting people, nature, and the built environment for 37 years. As the founding principal of Plant Solutions Inc., he designs MossWallArt™, living walls, indoor atriums and living plan... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 323 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1:00pm PDT

The Journey Toward Climate Positive Building Products
Track: Net Positive Products + Enterprise

Can creating better products and manufacturing systems help reverse global warming? Four very different manufacturing companies are taking on this challenge in very different ways. Learn how to shift your own mindset to "net positive" and drive innovation that helps humanity build a climate fit
for life.

Averting climate disaster and harnessing our collective ingenuity will take a fundamental shift in how organizations are approaching the challenge. Until now, it has been good enough to have a plan to measure, report, and manage carbon emissions. In light of the current climate research and the work of Project Drawdown, organizations now need to assert how they will contribute to climate solutions, even as they work to reduce their current contribution to the climate problem.

Four companies - Owens Corning, Covestro, Interface, and Sloan - will share their stories about the current state of this transformation in the building products industry and the diverse strategies they are pursuing to make their products Net Positive for Climate.

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Patrick Boyle

Director, Corporate Sustainability, Sloan
Patrick Boyle is the Director of Sustainability at Sloan and has 20+ years of experience in the environmental health and sustainability field. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability from the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology.He’s... Read More →
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Mikhail Davis

Director of Restorative Enterprise, Interface, Inc
Mikhail Davis is Director of Restorative Enterprise at Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet. He is responsible for advancing Interface’s journey to Mission Zero (and beyond) in the Americas by building internal leadership capacity, facilitating strategic... Read More →
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Jesús Hernandez-Torres

Sr Leader, Product Stewardship and Sustainability, Owens Corning
Jesús is the Leader for Owens Corning’s Product Stewardship Process and Product Sustainability. Product Stewardship review of all new and significantly modified existing products sold by Owens Corning is required as part of Owens Corning's total effort to ensure that their products... Read More →
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Kim Kipin-McDonald

Head of Sustainable Development, North America, Covestro
Kim Kipin-McDonald is a sustainable development expert with extensive experience in innovative environmental and outreach initiatives across a variety of sectors. Since Covestro formed in 2015, she has launched renowned programs centered on cross-functional collaboration for advancing... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 325 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1:00pm PDT

View from the Front Line: Best Practices for Materials Management
Track: Creating Healthy Buildings

An assessment (indeed, celebration!) of terrific strides in Materials Petal performance over six years, and a boots on the ground discussion of how these achievements were accomplished, offering practical techniques to keep everyone moving in this decidedly positive direction. Seasoned manufacturers and veteran project teams will consider proven methods for managing the Materials Petal requirements from inception through audit.

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Lisa Carey Moore

Senior Sustainability Analyst, Integrated Eco Strategy
Lisa provides project management and support for a range of LEED and Living Building Challenge projects. Lately she has focused largely on understanding the chemistry of materials used in the built environment in support of multiple Living Building Challenge projects in New England... Read More →
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Charley Stevenson

Principal, Integrated Eco Strategy
Charley Stevenson is founding principal of Integrated Eco Strategy, a consulting firm that focuses on green building certification, building energy efficiency, and sustainability policy for institutional and not-for-profit clients. He is currently working on four registered LBC projects... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 327 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

3:00pm PDT

Biophilic Design Integration: Macro to Micro and the Spaces In Between
Track: Biomimicry + Biophilic Design

Articulating the qualitative sustainability aspects of a project provides a rich counterpart to its quantitative features. Under the Living Building Challenge, some projects radiate a strong sense of connection to nature, exemplifying the philosophies of Biophilia. Defining the essence of a project is essential for developing these strategies. Through this case study, learn ways to craft the qualitative sustainability narrative, creating a stronger awareness of and connection to the natural environment. In Part II, explore further value and integration of biophilic design, through art and product design; at the intersection where ideas of environment, well-being, sustainability and design are unified.

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Susanne Angarano

Principal, Ashley McGraw Architects DPC
Susanne Angarano, ASID, CID, NCIDQ is a Principal and Senior Interior Designer at Ashley McGraw Architects. Her extensive experience includes a focus on Higher Education projects and holistic sustainable design work. She has done much research on the use of healthy and sustainable... Read More →
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Sonja Bochart

Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
Sonja Bochart has over 20 years of experience as a health and wellness focused project designer and biophilic design consultant. Her portfolio includes higher-education, healthcare, cultural, and corporate design, including projects meeting LEED, LBC and WELL Building Standard certification... Read More →
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Gary Keeble

Marketing Director, Metroflor
Gary Keeble, LEED AP, is a professional marketer, lifelong resident of Georgia, and a 1986graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism. His career as a marketerspans 30 years in the floorcovering industry in both soft surface and hard surface flooring. Mostrecently... Read More →
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Robert Langstaff

Director of Design, Metroflor Corporation
Robert Langstaff is an accomplished artist as well as a product designer. He graduated from Ohio University cum laude with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in sculpture and painting. Robert began his career as an assistant curator at the Columbus Museum of Art. His career and artistic contribution... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 323 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

3:00pm PDT

From Innovation to Red List Free Reality Through Supply Chain Collaboration
Track: Green Chemistry + Health

From innovation to Red List Free reality through supply chain collaboration is a real-world case study proving global manufacturers can dynamically react to changing markets. In less than 12 months Kingspan and Sherwin-Williams were able to bring two innovative and completely independent products to market as one package delivering a 100% Red List Free solution.

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Mark MacDonald

Sales/Marketing Manager, Sherwin-Williams
After 13 years of service in the United States Navy as a member of the SEAL Teams, Mark MacDonald joined Rockwell Collins to work in Marketing and Sales in the Aerospace industry. Mark quickly transitioned into Program Management where he managed everything from new product development... Read More →
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Brent Trenga

Building Technology Director, Panels North America, Kingspan Insulated Panels
Brent has truly run the construction industry gamut serving in various roles including Architect, Construction Manager, Developer and even project owner, allowing him to fully understand the sustainability ecosystem. As Building Technology Director for Kingspan North America, Brent... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 324 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

3:00pm PDT

Getting Ahead of Chemicals of Concern with HPDs and GreenScreen
Track: Creating Healthy Buildings

Organizations of many kinds are creating lists of chemicals of concern and related restrictions, from regulatory agencies to manufacturers, brands, large scale purchasers, retailers, and NGOs. It can be overwhelming to track and manage these lists. Existing lists are constantly changing, and new lists are being continuously created. Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals provide robust and holistic platforms for defining chemicals in products, identifying chemicals of concern in products, and optimizing products from design to manufacture. In this session we will delve into the details of HPDs and GreenScreen, and how designers and manufacturers are using these tools to optimize their products.

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Lisa Britton

Director of Sales & Marketing, Industrial Louvers, Inc.
Lisa Britton, CSI, CCPR, LEED AP BD+C, GGP is the Director of Sales & Marketing and Sustainability Champion for Industrial Louvers, Inc., a manufacturer of custom architectural metal products. Throughout her career, Britton has strived to advance standards and formats in the construction... Read More →
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Suzanne Drake

Research Director, Sr Associate, Perkins+Will
Suzanne is a Research Director in Perkins+Will’s San Francisco office, co-directing the firm’s Materials Performance Lab. The Lab is the conduit for healthy materials knowledge and research, firm-wide dissemination, and implementation into projects. She draws on over two decades... Read More →
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Mark Rossi

Executive Director, Clean Production Action
Mark Rossi, PhD. is the Executive Director of Clean Production Action, where he has been part of the team since 2004. Dr. Mark S. Rossi is a collaborative developer of innovative programs, tools and initiatives for integrating sustainable materials and safer chemicals into the economy... Read More →
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Wendy Vittori

Executive Director, Health Product Declaration Collaborative
Wendy Vittori is Executive Director of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, a not-for-profit, member organization committed to transparency, openness and innovation in building products.  Prior to assuming this position in May 2015, Wendy has served as a leader in business... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 327 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

3:00pm PDT

Healthy & Affordable Building Materials: Strategic Transformation Opportunities
Track: Social Equity + Supply Chain

HomeFree is a national initiative supporting affordable housing leaders who are improving human health by using less toxic building materials. This workshop will connect the dots showing how this initiative uses product transparency data to enable effective product research, evaluation, and collaborative opportunities for scaled product innovation in this sector, including the Home Depot Chemicals Strategy to eliminate 12 chemicals of concern in 4 product categories. Participants will use data to engage in an analysis of Strategic Transformation Opportunities and help impact the agenda for the next phase of product innovation in this sector.

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Simona Fischer

Designer, Sustainability Specialist, MSR
Simona Fischer received her M.S. in Sustainable Design in Architecture and M. Arch from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Iowa. Simona is strategic about sustainability and intrigued by the balance between material performance, the life cycle... Read More →
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Jim Vallette

Research Director, Healthy Building Network
Jim works to understand and explain industry’s impacts on people and the planet. He has tracked materials like toxic waste, illegally-harvested timber and fish, and ozone-depleting chemicals, around the world. His findings have supported major global policy developments like the... Read More →
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Bill Walsh

Founder & President of the Board, Healthy Building Network
Since 2000 Healthy Building Network has been defining the leading edge of healthy building practices that increase transparency in the building products industry, reduce human exposures to chemical hazards, and create market incentives for healthier innovations in manufacturing. HBN’s... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 326 David L. Lawrence Convention Center

3:00pm PDT

Pursuing Healthier Products at a Global Scale
Track: Net Positive Products + Enterprise

As the market for healthier products continues to evolve rapidly without regulation or legislation, it's up to businesses and consumers to demand chemical safety and transparency. Software giant Salesforce has made it part of their real estate mission to be a leading voice in the movement for healthier products, and will share how they're implementing healthier products in a global design standard that spans the world.

While progress for each product happens at the individual level, learn how large companies can help move the product market with an organized approach applied at the portfolio scale.

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Amanda von Almen

Green Building Program Manager, Salesforce
As the Green Building Program Manager for Salesforce, Amanda von Almen manages global green building consultants to deliver LEED and green building certified spaces for all of Salesforce's office build outs. She is focused on healthy materials, IEQ, renewable energy, energy management... Read More →
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Jeff Frost

Project Manager, Brightworks Sustainability
Jeff Frost is a Project Manager at Brightworks Sustainability and a recognized national subject matter expert on a wide variety of material issues affecting the built environment. He is a Living Future Accredited professional with expertise in material health and sustainability, LEED... Read More →
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Fadi El Mouallem

Director of Strategic Sourcing, Salesforce
Fadi is a Director of Strategic Sourcing at Salesforce. He manages the global sourcing team for real estate, which includes real estate services, capital projects, workplace services, sustainability, and security services. He focuses on building a passionate team of sourcing professionals... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 325 David L. Lawrence Convention Center