Earth Day

On this Earth Day we must focus on the importance of the individual to make necessary changes. But should that really be different from any other Earth Day?

Especially as we see our federal government continue to roll back standards and protections for human health and the environment, it is more critical now that we begin to look to ourselves to make the changes needed. While there are some great movements happening nationwide on a variety of issues, we can’t always be reliant on these larger movements. Instead, we must work to make individual improvements.

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mindful MATERIALS Launch Party HH Recap

Image by Joanna Luddy of Weber Thompson

The Healthy Materials Collaborative and AIA Seattle teamed up to celebrate the transition of mindful MATERIALS (mM) to the cloud with a short presentation and a happy hour. Ed Clark and Alexa Williams from ZGF, Ed Palushock from Perkins+Will, and Lynn Allen from Interface shared their experience and perspective regarding the mM program with nearly 40 people in attendance. In addition to learning about the program and its application, the event was as much geared towards supporting Seattle’s growing materials transparency community. mindful MATERIALS is a grassroots collaborative that seeks to leverage the power of the design community to push the building materials marketplace towards increased transparency, disclosure and optimization through practitioner demand. The system is unique as it simply collects transparency information and stores it in a single location, accessible to all, for FREE. The program also encourages product reps to visit firm materials libraries’ to place stickers on binder that illustrate participation in the mM program and their degree of disclosure, serving as an at-a-glance/quick-reference for designers seeking a greater degree of transparency when choosing materials. When you have a chance, please visit www.mindfulmaterials.com to learn more and sign up. There is still plenty of work to be done, and the program is only as strong as its membership. Join us in this push!

“Let’s Talk Transparency” Event in Portland

On April 26, 2017, the Portland Material Transparency Collaborative (PMTC) & the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Portland Collaborative are throwing an event “Let’s Talk Transparency” as part of Design Week Portland. This Pecha Kucha style event gathers diverse voices in industries that address material transparency in their work.   From fashion, to food, to transportation, to buildings, we will hear from industry leaders about how they implement material transparency in their supply chain, fabrication processes and end products. The cross pollination of major industries in Portland will fuel a lively conversation highlighting health impacts from the stuff that is our material world. 

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The Portland Material Transparency Collaborative (PMTC) is a network of building industry professionals dedicated to integrating full disclosure of material content as a performance benchmark in the way products are developed, designed and integrated into the built environment. The goal of PMTC is to stimulate market transformation and community engagement with a unified regional voice for the ­­implementation of material transparency into everyday practices.

The Portland Collaborative is a branch of both the Cascadia Green Building Council and the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).  Our mission is to lead a transformation toward a built environment that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.  We achieve our mission through research and advocacy, communication and networking events where local professionals share ideas and learn from each other.

Presenters:

  • FASHION| Britt Howard @ Portland Garment Factory
  • FOOD| Camas Davis @ Portland Meat Collective
  • CHEMISTRY| Amelia Nestler @ Northwest Green Chemistry
  • POLICY| Jordan Palmeri @ DEQ
  • ARCHITECTURE| Lona Rerick- Sustainable Materials Leader @ ZGF  CERTIFICATIONS| Jeff Frost @Bright Works- Mindful Materials
  • FURNITURE| Greg Kooistra @ Watson Furniture
  • MANUFACTURER| Tom Conway @ PatCraft
  • MC| Jackie Santa Lucia @ Hacker
  • MC| Terry Campbell @ Sustainable Northwest Wood

Invite your Portland colleagues to join!

4 strategies to make office workers healthier and more productive

HMC Co-Founder Ed Clark article “4 strategies to make office workers healthier and more productive” was published March 23rd, 2017 in the Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC). He writes “Designers are creating more sustainable workspaces by promoting nature, biorhythmic lighting, healthy materials and physical activity.”

Read it here!

Photo by Benjamin Benschneider. Natural design elements include landscaping with driftwood, river rocks and greenery.

Next frontier for sustainability? The people inside all those green buildings

HMC Co-Founder Chris Hellstern’s article “Next frontier for sustainability? The people inside all those green buildings” was published March 23rd, 2017 in the Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC). He writes “Healthy indoor spaces improve productivity and can offer a great return on investment.”

Read it here!

Photos by Lara Swimmer. Designers focused on environmental health concerns such as the presence of toxic materials.

 

Upcoming mindful MATERIALS Launch Party

Join mindful MATERIALS, the Healthy Materials Collaborative (HMC) and AIA Seattle in a shared Happy Hour Launch of the mindful MATERIALS cloud based solution and a continued conversation around Seattle’s materials community. This event is co-sponsored by AIA Seattle and the HMC. It’s a FREE event, but please RSVP so we have enough food and drink for everyone!

RSVP HERE

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First V3.1 LBC Certification

A co-founding member of the HMC achieved the first V3.1 Living Building Challenge certification for his office renovation using the most stringent version of the Materials Red List. Congratulations to Chris Hellstern and The Miller Hull Partnership!

Case Study here:  https://living-future.org/lbc/case-studies/miller-hull-seattle-office-ti/

Photo: Lara Swimmer Photography

Materials Matter Session 3 Reacap: Tools of the Trade

Materials Matter is a five-session series organized by the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Seattle) and co-presented by the Puget Sound Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (PSC CSI). It delivers comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing and selecting healthy, sustainable materials. A number of HMC members have been attending the series. Our third session summary is by Melissa Balestri of ZGF Architects LLP.

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Quick Reference Half-Sheet

Our amazing team has created a front and back half sheet to help aid you in your materials transparency goals and education. Right click and “Save As” below to save the images to keep with you while you work! If you receive a printed reference sheet from the HMC, please note that the card stock is acid free, wind power manufactured, 10% post consumer content and Forest Stewardship Council Certified.

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Materials Matter Session 2 Reacap: Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health

Materials Matter is a five-session series organized by the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Seattle) and co-presented by the Puget Sound Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (PSC CSI). It delivers comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing and selecting healthy, sustainable materials. A number of HMC members have been attending the series. Our second session summary is by Mindi Caulley of Weber Thompson.

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