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What constitutes a “sustainable” material and how would architects, designers and end users know? What’s next in product transparency and sustainable materials innovation and evaluation? We need tools that credibly and transparently disclose material ingredients and potential human health and environmental impacts in order to help make better, more informed decisions. Speakers will share a simple framework for evaluating a manufacturer’s efforts in terms of transparency, overall company performance and product attributes. Participants will play “Greener Products BINGO” to reinforce key ideas — and will receive a sample list of questions to ask any manufacturer about materials sustainability.


  1. Stimulate holistic life cycle thinking and prepare participants to ask the high leverage questions regarding materials sustainability.
  2. Increase understanding of the complexities of materials evaluation from a product system and sustainability perspective and the toolbox available.
  3. Explore what’s next in credible product certifications and emerging transparency tools.
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Created by

Canada Green Building Council
Ottawa, ON


Nadine Gudz

Interface, Inc.
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