Materials & Human Health Summit

The 2015 Materials & Human Health Summit will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM at the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Washington, DC. Join key members of the sustainable building community to discuss and critique the progress made toward better building products – those that optimize around the triple bottom line through rigorous reporting and assessment. This year we are taking a deeper dive than ever before into the materials that surround us and their effects on our environment, health, and society.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear firsthand from industry leaders and experts about new tools and resources that are available and connect with some of the largest design firms and manufacturers in our industry.

Browse the schedule below for an overview of the 2014 Materials & Human Health Summit and check back soon for the 2015 schedule.

2014 Schedule

MH01: Welcome and Opening Session

Material Health: Authentic Transparency and Optimization
... plus a special conversation between William McDonough and USGBC's Scot Horst on the importance of deep transparency and why material health is about much more than materials.

William McDonough
William McDonough is an internationally recognized designer, sustainable growth pioneer, and strategist (McDonough Innovation, MBDC, William McDonough + Partners). McDonough and Michael Braungart co-created the Cradle to Cradle® design framework (Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things and The Upcycle). McDonough chairs the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on the Circular Economy.  

Breakout Series 1

MH02: Stuff We Buy and Stuff We Spec

Mikhail Davis, Interface
Anne Hicks Harney, Ayers Saint Gross
Kirsten Ritchie, Gensler
Jeffrey Zeman, Kohler Co.

MH03: Applying Whole Building LCA

Dirk Kestner, Walter P Moore
Kate Simonen, University of Washington
Stacy Smedley, Skanska
Frances Yang, Arup

MH04: State of the Market: LEED v4 and Materials

Eden Brukman, Health Product Declaration Collaborative
Paul Firth, UL Environment
Stacy Glass, Cradle To Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Lauren Heine, Clean Production Action

MH05: Networking Lunch 

Breakout  Series 2

MH06: I'm Just a Bill

Lisa Barnard, BASF Construction North America
Paul Bertram, PRB Connect
Thomas Gloria, Industrial Ecology Consultants
Jennifer Princing, Dow Corning Corporation

MH07: What is a Product?

Rachel Berman, MechoSystems
Lisa Britton, Alpar Architectural Products
Dwayne Fuhlhage, Prosoco, Inc.
Jennifer Wagner, CarbonCure Technologies

MH08: Building a Materials Workforce: a Core Curriculum for Materials Specifiers and Product Manufacturers

Chris Pyke (Moderator), U.S. Green Building Council
Charlene Bayer, Hygieia Sciences LLC
Harvey Bernstein, McGraw Hill Construction
Heather Gadonniex, PE International, Inc.
Ashley White, U.S. Green Building Council

MH09: Closing Session

Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH, Acting US Surgeon General - US Public Health Service
RADM Lushniak articulates the best available scientific information to the public regarding ways to improve personal health and the health of the nation. He also oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, comprising of approximately 6,800 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health and safety of our nation.

Closing Session was combined with the Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit

The Materials & Human Health Summit was sponsored by: