Specifying sustainable materials is now going beyond LEED requirements such as recycled content and low-VOC’s to address concerns about manufacturing processes, toxicity and environmental justice. Multiple materials red-lists and tools have been developed to raise awareness amongst architects, designers and clients about these issues. However, the complexity and time involved in vetting materials using these criteria poses a challenge for specifiers.

Large clients have been instrumental in the development of sustainable materials per these new benchmarks. Companies such as Kaiser Permanente and Google have developed internal red-lists and are using their purchasing power to influence the manufacturing and procurement process.

Representatives from Google, HLW International and the Healthy Building Network will present Google’s Healthy Materials Project, and discuss methods for working with manufacturers and contractors to effectively specify products that create the healthiest work environment possible. They will also present new transparency and disclosure tools such as Pharos Project and the Health Product Declaration that are enabling architects, designers and owners to specify healthier materials, and building product manufacturers to green their supply chain.

Anthony Ravitz leads the Green Team within Google's Real Estate & Work Place Services group, promoting the healthiest and highest performing workplace possible. He works on design, construction, and operations with projects ranging from master planning to office renovations and alternative energy systems. Within the past two years, Google has begun requiring new facilities to be designed and built without the use of the Living Building Challenge Materials Redlist or the EPA’s Chemicals of Concern. His team developed tools to survey manufacturers, created a virtual materials library, and trains architects and contractors on the program. Anthony earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Stanford University.

Molly Zinzi joined Google as an Assistant Facilities Manager in New York in March of 2011. In her current role, Molly is operationally focused, using technology and tools to manage the operations of over 800,000 SF and over 2,700 Googlers. Prior to Google, Molly was a representative for Izzy+ and an Interior Designer at HLW International. Molly earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. She is currently serving her 3rd year on the Board of Directors the Urban Green Council in NYC, representing Emerging Professionals.

Susan Kaplan is the Director of Specifications and Sustainability at HLW International. As a specifier, she continually evaluates product quality and green claims and is responsible for maintaining rigorous specification standards for the architectural and engineering components at HLW. She is charged with ensuring constant integration between all the members of the project team, and is currently working on several high level green and LEED projects. Susan is presently the Environmental Chairperson of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). She was previously a member of the Board of Director’s of New York City USGBC. She is a working member of the Health Product Declaration group and the CSI GreenFormat committee. She teaches “Ecology and the Built Environment” at the Interior Design Department of the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY), and teaches and lectures extensively on green specification writing, product selection and LEED.

Bill Walsh is Founder & Executive Director of the Healthy Building Network, whose mission is to transform the building materials market to promote best environmental, health and social equity practices in the building industry. He also serves as Director of the Materials Research Collaborative, a joint venture with BuildingGreen, Inc. created to increase transparency in the building products industry. Bill has worked on environmental health issues throughout his career, and has provided the long-term vision for the Healthy Building Network since February 2000. Previously he coordinated the Energy, Forest and Toxic Campaigns of Greenpeace USA, and held staff attorney positions with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and the Institute for Public Representation of Georgetown University Law Center. He holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and LLM in Public Interest Advocacy from Georgetown University

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Organized by the AIANY Committee on the Environment (COTE)

COTE programs in 2012 are made possible by the generous support of:
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