Materials Matter 2

Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health

March 6, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Credit: 4.0 HSW/SD
Bank of America Plaza
901 Main Street
42nd Floor
Dallas, TX 75202

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Materials Matter is a five-session series delivering comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing and selecting healthy, sustainable materials.

Sessions will delve into the impact of materials on the environment and human health, the tools and data available for assessing and prioritizing materials, and strategies for integrating informed decision-making into projects and practice. Speakers will reveal the perspectives of project team members and other partners connected with materials and share the learnings and approaches of successful projects. This series offers guidance on navigating the complex landscape of disclosures and transparency in order to assess and reduce the environmental and health impacts of products. Sessions will include presentations, panels, case studies, and activities. Participants will walk away from each session with action items for integrating the curriculum into their work.

Series Dates

All sessions: Tuesday’s, 1:00 pm – 5:30pm

February 6, 2018 – Healthy Planet: Materials + the Environment
March 6, 2018 – Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health
April 3, 2018 – Tools of the Trade: Assessment + Implementation
May 8, 2018 – Just Do It: Strategies for Projects
June 5, 2018 – Beyond Transparency: Materials Disclosure + Practice

Session 2:  Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health

Session 2, Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health, delves into the science behind materials and human health to understand how material substances reach people and lead to health consequences. It provides guidance on the complex landscape of health tools by introducing the different types of tools available to make educated decisions about products and what to consider when selecting and using these tools.

Mike is Chief Executive Officer, MarketTransformation to Sustainability (MTS) and Capital Markets Partnership (CMP). He founded CMP, MTS, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment. He is a Director of MTS, CMP, and past: Director, Sustainable Furnishings Council & ASTM,
CEO, USGBC, and Chairman, ASTM E50. Mike directed the development and approval of:
     • SMaRT© National Consensus Sustainable Product Standard approved by Google, for LEED Credit by the US and Canada Green Building Councils, Green Star credit by the Australia & New Zealand Green Building Councils, by the Sustainable Furnishings Council, American Sustainable Business Council, for Green IPOs by the Sustainable Manufacturing Underwriting Standard and for purchasing by EPA for federal procurement, the States of Minnesota, Washington, and New York & Minnesota League of Cities
     • Wall Street’s Green Bond Business Case released at the NYSE documenting with national statistically valid data that green buildings and certified sustainable products are more profitable, less risky, preferred by investors, can provide a $1 trillion private sector stimulus
     • CMP’s national consensus Lacey Act Due Care Standard providing defenses to strict criminal liability for illegally logged wood
     • RELi resilience national consensus underwriting standards adopted by the US Green Building Council
Mike has over 30 years of environmental experience including as Senior Analyst in the White House Science Office and Assistant to the Director, National Commission on Water Quality where he helped write the Congressional Report on the Clean Water Act.  He has a B.A. in Physical Geography from Syracuse University, M.S. in Water Resources from the New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and J.D. from George Mason University.

Jesse Arter is a Merchant for TreeHouse Inc., working for the company’s mission from its early days.  Jesse’s career in green building materials, spans over 17 years.  He has worked in distribution and retail connecting chemically sensitive and ecologically minded builders and clients with manufactures of healthier more sustainable building material options.  In addition, he has led hands on workshops in straw bale and cordwood home construction while living off grid in North Carolina, preserving historic building practices while exploring new building solutions.  Jesse is passionate about solving a finite world’s needs and has dedicated his career to using the built environment as a fulcrum in that pursuit.  

Adele Houghton, a licensed architect, is President of Biositu, LLC, a strategic consulting company dedicated to leveraging environmental sustainability to enhance community health. She received a Master of Public Health and a Certificate in Public Health Informatics from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. From 2005 to 2008, Adele served as Project Manager and Pilot Project Coordinator of the Green Guide for Health Care, a voluntary, best practices green building and operations toolkit tailored to the health care environment. In 2010, she acted as lead author of the LEED for Healthcare reference guide supplement, a LEED rating system that used the Green Guide for Health Care as a foundational document in its development.  Adele participated in the Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, first as a 2008-2009 Fellow and continuing as a Mentor from 2009 to 2011. Her Fellow project incorporated environmental health indicators into climate protection work in Austin, TX.