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Improving materials selection through chemical hazard assessment [DC Event June 16]

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“Increasing transparency and scientific understanding around the health impacts of building materials is unquestionably a timely and complex topic. The growing number of chemicals and products in the marketplace brings a deluge of new information and opportunities, but with it even more questions – what are the ingredients in these products and how do they affect human and environmental health?” Read the full article on the Green Building Information Gateway.

Join us remotely or in person at the USGBC headquarters in Washington D.C. for the next event in USGBC's ongoing LEED, Materials and Health series, "Improving Materials Selection through Chemical Hazard Assessment".

WHEN: Monday June 16th 12pm-1:30pm ET

WHERE: USGBC Headquarters, Washington D.C.


This event will feature Dr. Lauren Heine, Co-Director of Clean Production Action, explaining the GreenScreen® assessment method – one of the LEED v4 approved optimization paths – including its benchmarking approach and foundations in EPA’s Design for the Environment program. She will also speak about some of the applications of chemical hazard assessment, including specification and the design and development of new chemicals, materials and products. In addition, she will address some of the challenges of chemical hazard assessment, such as dealing with data gaps, capturing important breakdown products and making informed chemical choices with consideration of exposure and functional use. 

Register for free 

We’re hosting more materials and health events throughout the year and we want you to join us! Can’t join us for this upcoming event? Sign up to be notified of future events and participate in the conversation about the future of safer materials in the built environment.

About the LEED, Materials and Health Event Series

As part of the LEED, Materials and Health Initiative, USGBC is convening a series of events to drive the industry conversation towards more informed decisions impacting human and environmental health. The events, which include lunch lectures and more in-depth meetings and workshops, address critical issues such as ingredient transparency, materials selection and assessment, innovation, professional training and materials data infrastructure.

In April, we hosted two events showcasing the work of Arlene Blum, Ph.D. of the Green Science Policy Institute, and John Knott from the Health Product Declaration Collaborative. Their work demonstrates how the industry is creating tools to simplify and streamline an increasingly complex universe of chemicals and building materials. 

Watch free recordings of past materials and health events.


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David Marcus

Project Manager U.S. Green Building Council

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Project Manager, Utilities
Just passed the LEED Green Associate exam on 06/14/2014.
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Congratulations Winston!
Architectural Building Designer / Project Manager, LEED AP BD+C
I really would like to attend this event in person, is there any way that I can join please?

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