Ashley White

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. 

You may have already read about the day-long meeting we hosted in conjunction with the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry and the USGBC Northern California Chapter in Berkeley, CA, or the lunch talk we held at USGBC headquarters making the case for material transparency featuring Tom Lent, Policy Director of the Healthy Building Network and Brendan Owens, USGBC’s VP for LEED Technical Development.

We also held a half-day meeting with The Catholic University of America focused on how materials health considerations may impact architecture education and professional training in the future.

Our regular DC lunch lecture series has also included such materials, health, and data experts as:

  • David Cebon of Granta Design Ltd speaking on environmental impacts, compliance, and design
  • Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute addressing chemical hazards, and
  • John Knott of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative sharing his perspectives on transparency as a community builder developer.

If you’re not in the Washington, DC area, you can still participate! We typically offer remote participation via webcast for our lunch lectures. And don’t worry if you’ve missed past events in the series—we post the events to our YouTube channel. 

There’s still a lot more programming to come, including additional lunch lectures, half-day and day-long workshops, and special materials and health-focused events at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. We hope you’ll join the conversation!

To be notified of future events in this series, sign up here, and be sure to look regularly for updated video content on YouTube. Want to do some quick background reading on these topics? Check out our GBIG Insight blog series on materials.

Finally, if you’ll be in the St. Paul, MN area at the end of May, you’re invited to our half-day workshop at the 3M Headquarters on advancing safer materials in the building products sector, co-hosted by the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council and USGBC-Minnesota.