Material Health from Disclosure to Optimization: The Innovation Imperative [DC event Sept. 8]
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, "Material Health from Disclosure to Optimization: The Innovation Imperative."
When: Monday, Sept. 8, 12-1:30 pm ET
Where: USGBC Headquarters, Washington D.C. -or- as a remote participant
Who: Join Stacy Glass, Vice President, Built Environment at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Howard Williams, Senior Vice President Sustainability & Acquisitions at Construction Specialties for this session that will illuminate the path to product optimization and inspire confidence in the industry’s ability to design and manufacture products that are safe and healthy for humans and the environment.
Why: Activities such as ingredient disclosure, screening against restricted substances lists, and pursuing detailed toxicological assessments are helping in our quest for safer, healthier materials. Our ideal outcome is a world in which products pose no known risks to humans or the environment. While a lofty goal, it is possible, and many manufacturers have been engaged in this journey for years through the Cradle to Cradle Certified products program.
What: This session will explore the path from ingredient disclosure to product optimization describing the material health methodology that is part of Cradle to Cradle Certified’s multi-attribute assessment. The session will also provide examples of companies that have applied the methodology and ultimately innovated to achieve products with improved human health and environmental impacts. Construction Specialties, a leading manufacturer of high-performing specialty building products, will present the results of a recent study that quantifies the impact of multiple generations of their Acrovyn product, describe the company’s efforts to optimize material composition by removing PVC, and highlight their innovative R&D efforts to find toxicant-free alternatives.
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.
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