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 3 - Tools of the Trade: Assessment + Implementation

Session 3, Tools of the Trade: Assessment + Implementation, builds on the knowledge gained during the first two sessions by diving into tools used to communicate environmental and human health impacts of materials. It includes demonstrations of key tools and context for determining the right tool to use in practice. The first half focuses on applying life-cycle assessment to evaluate environmental impacts, and the second half demonstrates common tools used to report material and product ingredients that could impact human health, and provides a forum for participants to compare tools and ask questions.

Roderick Bates is an Associate and Senior Researcher, Environmental Management and Commercialization at Kieran Timberlake. He oversees market assessments for technology developed by KieranTimberlake, seeking out partners and developing business plans for commercialization. Following an initiative to quantify the embodied energy of buildings—an effort that was recognized in 2008 by the EPA Lifecycle Building Challenge award and a poster presentation in the 2009 ASHRAE Net Zero Energy Building conference—Roderick worked with the research group to develop Tally™, an application for Revit that provides accurate life-cycle data and reporting tools to designers. Roderick interprets ecological, economic, climate, social, and site data to inform sustainable building design. He assists architectural teams with simulation-driven design evaluations, using the results to envision design modifications to improve a building's energy performance and thermal comfort.

Kirk is a Principal and Chief Operations Officer for HKS, Inc. In this era of exponential growth in sustainable design and energy efficiency, Kirk firmly believes in the importance of positioning our clients for success – always emphasizing that timeless design must inherently be economical and socially and environmentally responsible. Kirk’s 32-year career also includes the orchestration and management of many of HKS’ highest-profile and most pioneering design projects, grounding him with a solid understanding of the role design can play in optimizing our clients’ business success.  He has a Bachelor of Architecture and Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. 

Lisa is director of sales and marketing, and sustainability champion, for Industrial Louvers Inc.  Throughout her 26-year career, Britton has been a leader in the advancement of standards and formats in the construction industry, most recently in the areas of sustainability and product transparency. Prior to joining ILI, Britton was the president and founder of Alpar Architectural Products, LLC, which was acquired in 2012. At Alpar, she led all aspects of the business, including strategy, management, operations, sales and marketing. Most notably, Lisa assembled a team of chemists and manufacturing partners to develop the first fire-rated, biobased and petroleum-free polymer for interior finish products. Britton is an active member of U.S. Green Building Council (USGC), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative. She received a master’s degree in international management from the University of St. Thomas and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

Emily joined the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in January 2017 to lead its new Built Positive movement. She has over 15 years of experience developing and implementing sustainability programs and reframing complex environmental issues into opportunities to change the way we do things. Emily has a passion for connecting with and mobilizing people. A consistent theme in her professional endeavors has been helping industry leaders navigate regulations and/or voluntary programs that require the use of materials and practices that are better for the environment.  Most recently as Director of US Green Building Council (USGBC) National Capital Region Chapter, Emily was responsible for bringing best practices and insight from local market leaders into USGBC. She delivered value to stakeholders across the built environment sector, from the architecture, engineering and construction community to trade associations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, by creating high impact education, networking and service opportunities that engaged and fostered a local community of like-minded professionals. Experience prior to USGBC includes directing a sustainable cities campaign at the Alliance to Save Energy; managing green building initiatives for the National Association of Home Builders; and facilitating industry partnerships for the ENERGY STAR program.