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Thursday, May 12

10:30am PDT

Mapping the Materials Universe: Lessons and Strategies
Track: Materials + Products

LBC teams find a selection of high-quality, healthy products, but the range is limited. What benign, high performing products do we need to complete our projects? We explore the hardest specification sections and the most opaque market sectors, inviting discussion and exploration of the greatest challenges. Low toxicity, high performance, durability, and affordability... how can these and other factors be achieved simultaneously?

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avatar for Jason Jewhurst

Jason Jewhurst

Partner, Bruner/Cott Architects & Planners
Jason Jewhurst is a Partner at Bruner/Cott Architects & Planners, Cambridge Massachusetts. Jason specializes in the design of high-performing contemporary architecture as well as the transformation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. With a strong technical background in building... Read More →
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Lisa Carey Moore

Sustainability Analyst, Integrated Eco Strategy
Lisa Carey Moore is an experienced sustainability consultant with Integrated Eco Strategy. She is a key member of the research team for four LBC projects in design, construction, or performance. Her LBC work is focused on vetting products within the most complex mechanical, electrical... Read More →
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Lisa Goodwin Robbins

Associate Principal, Kalin Associates
Lisa J. Goodwin Robbins, RA, CCS, LEED ap, has been writing specifications for over 20 years and is employed by Kalin Associates, an independent specifications consulting firm in the Boston area. Working on a wide variety of project types, she supports other Architects, both designers... 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. Charley’s... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Westin: Cascade 1

1:30pm PDT

How to Set Up Your General Contractor for Success on an LBC Project
Track: Materials + Products

Many general contractors are familiar with “green building” strategies, which are most commonly defined by the requirements set forth by LEED. However, there is a gap between the ideal and reality. Just communicating to a contractor that a project is pursuing LBC and that it is a whole different ball game does not simply result in a successful execution. This session will explore how the general contractor’s role needs to adapt for an LBC project, especially one pursuing the Materials Petal. The session is useful for anyone that might be involved in the materials specifying process. Our discussion will help project teams overcome some of the challenges to producing truly transformative structures.

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Janet Harrison

Green Consultant, J. Harrison, Architect
Janet Harrison is a registered architect and environmental product consultant for sustainable buildings. Her long-term partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has produced a series of environmental education centers that served as a proving ground for many green strategies... Read More →
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Emily Naud

Sustainability Manager, GCI General Contractors
Emily is the Sustainability Manager for GCI, a San Francisco-based commercial contracting/construction management firm specializing in commercial interior, corporate facility and building renovation projects throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. Before starting at GCI... Read More →
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Tyler Park

Quality Control/Project Manager, Hourigan Construction
Since his graduation from Virginia Tech in May 2011, Tyler has worked as a quality control manager on a variety of federal and commercial construction projects. His duties during this time have included: construction management, quality control supervision, design assistance as well... Read More →
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Eileen Quigley

Sustainability Manager, Natural Resources Defense Council
Eileen Quigley is the Sustainability Manager for operations of the Natural Resources Defense Council, an international environmental non-profit based in New York City. She helps NRDC minimize it’s carbon footprint of their offices both through their fit outs and day-to-day operations... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Westin: Cascade 1

3:15pm PDT

Truth and Transparency in a Transforming Market: Innovating for a More Circular Economy
Track: Materials + Products

Shifting toward a more circular economy – amid ever-changing market dynamics – requires new thinking both about what materials go into a product and how those materials can be recycled at the end of that products’ useful life and who the necessary partners are along the way. Innovations and the thinking that led to those new ideas can be adopted across industries. “Truth & Transparency” are necessary ingredients in building trust among organizations and their stakeholders in order to achieve the greater good. This session will help participants identify shifting market expectations and opportunities for materials innovations leveraging a real-life market example.

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avatar for Terry Gillis

Terry Gillis

President, Carpet Processing & Recycling
Gillis is president of Carpet Processing & Recycling, LLC and general manager at Recovery 1, Inc. Based in Tacoma, Washington, Recovery 1 develops machinery and processes that identify materials found in the Construction & Demolition waste stream that can be converted into usable/salable... Read More →
avatar for Chris Turner

Chris Turner

Author, speaker, strategist, The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy
CHRIS TURNER is an author, speaker and strategist, providing Canada’s authoritative voice on sustainability and the global cleantech boom and the author of five books. His most recent book is How to Breathe Underwater: Field Reports from an Age of Radical Change, a collection of... Read More →
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David Wilkerson

Director of Sustainability and Product Stewardship, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
As corporate director of sustainability and product stewardship at Shaw Industries, David Wilkerson is responsible for identifying, planning and leading key sustainability initiatives for the expansive portfolio of flooring products the company manufactures and supplies, including... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Westin: Cascade 1
Friday, May 13

10:30am PDT

Can Manufacturing Save the World?: Lessons Learned from the World’s First Living Products
Track: Materials + Products

Manufacturing has long been the poster child of all that is wrong with our current economic system. But what if our products could actually make the world a better place? This session will explore how the Living Product Challenge is reshaping the manufacturing industry around nontoxic materials and Net Positive social and environmental impact. Participants will learn from pioneering companies developing the world’s first certified Living Products and gain key insights into applying the principles of regeneration to their companies, products and design projects today.

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avatar for Jane Abernethy

Jane Abernethy

Sustainability Officer, Humanscale
As an Industrial Designer, Jane spent over a decade working and leading design teams through the development of new products - from the initial concept definition, through design and refinement, and into ongoing production. Her work ranges from sporting goods to medical devices to... Read More →
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James Connelly

Living Product Challenge Director, International Living Future Institute
James is a green building professional with a broad range of industry experience from design and construction to research and advocacy. He is a graduate from the University of Washington with degrees in Architecture and International Studies. Prior to joining the Institute, James... Read More →

Joss Krayenhoff

Co-Owner, Sirewall USA
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Dhruv Raina

Senior Manager, Sustainability, Owens Corning
Dhruv leads the  product & supply chain sustainability team at Owens Corning. He grew up in India and is a firm believer in business and its role in delivering scale shifting change. He is passionate about helping companies grow through sustainability, design and innovation and... Read More →
avatar for Rochelle Routman

Rochelle Routman

Vice President of Sustainability, Mohawk Industries
Rochelle Routman serves as the Vice President of Sustainabiltiy at Mohawk, where every day brings new opportunities to collaborate with employees, customers, non-profits, and other businesses on advancing  the cause for healthy interiors and productive ecosystems, while securing... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Westin: Cascade 1

1:30pm PDT

Breaking Through Barriers: The Declare Process, Exposing the Supply Chain, and the End Game
Track: Materials + Products

Declare is transforming the building products industry through transparency. This session highlights the International Living Future Institute's Declare program and includes an in-depth discussion about the challenges and solutions to achieving desired results in transparency. We reveal Mohawk’s supply chain process, how Mohawk is focusing on the “end game,” and how Mohawk has transformed as a business with a Living Building Challenge Petal Certification project under their belt. Participants will analyze and compare the challenges throughout the manufacturing process in teams with the goal of paving the way for others to commit to transparency.

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avatar for Andrea Cooper

Andrea Cooper

Living Building Challenge Materials Petal and Declare Manager, International Living Future Institute
Andrea Cooper is the Materials and Declare Manager with the International Living Future Institute. She is a sustainable design and construction professional with a background in interior design, architecture and construction management. After receiving her Master of Architecture... Read More →
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Rami Vagal

Sustainability Coordinator, Mohawk Industries
Rami Vagal is a Sustainability Coordinator at Mohawk Industries. She holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture from Mumbai and a Masters in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology. Ms. Vagal is a LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design and Construction specialty... Read More →
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Lauren Wallace

Certifications Department Manager, Epsten Group
Lauren Wallace is the Certifications Department Manager at The Epsten Group, Inc., where she trains and manages a large group of leaders in sustainability, consulting on thousands of inspiring projects in over 50 different countries. Ms. Wallace is the LBC Facilitator for the Atlanta... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Westin: Cascade 1