Materials Matter 4

Just Do It: Strategies for Projects

May 8, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Credit: 4.0 HSW/SD
5420 LBJ Freeway
Two Lincoln Center, Suite 1100
Dallas, TX 75240

Brought to you by: Committee On The Environment

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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 4 - Just Do It: Strategies for Projects

Session 4, Just Do It: Strategies for Projects, presents frameworks for integrating knowledge of environmental and human health impacts from material substances into projects. It explores strategies at play when materials decisions are driven by clients, rating-systems, firms, and even individual initiative. Case studies share lessons learned from on the ground experiences, and speakers candidly discuss the different perspectives and motivators of project team members.


Will Weaver is a Senior Project Manager with JLL’s Project and Development Services group in the Carolinas region, and is the Sustainability Practice Lead for the South Region. Mr. Weaver is responsible for the project delivery of various projects such as interior build-outs, distribution facilities, as well as ground-up projects for JLL clients.  Currently with JLL, Mr. Weaver is responsible for project delivery related to sustainability and leadership, working with local and national accounts to execute projects needing sustainable business expertise.  In this capacity, Mr. Weaver consults with business leaders, universities, and city, county, state and federal policy makers on issues related to LEED certification, high-performance design, net zero building, and green building policies.  Mr. Weaver works with clients to define desired business results and then develops the sustainable strategies to achieve those results in order to enhance performance and improve overall asset value.  Currently, Mr. Weaver is leading the LEED EB certifications for eleven Bank of America projects and a LEED CI certification roll-out for Wells Fargo administrative facilities across the U.S.

Prior to joining the Project and Development Services group, Mr. Weaver was a member of JLL’s Bank of America Account team where he served as the Portfolio Sustainability Manager.  In this capacity, Mr. Weaver spearheaded the implementation of numerous energy, waste and water reduction projects throughout Bank of America’s real estate portfolio.  Prior to joining JLL, Mr. Weaver was the Director of Sustainability for the general construction firm Cox Schepp Construction.  He worked most notably on the LEED certifications of numerous core and shell projects for Bissell Development Company, and the LEED certification of multiple Aloft Hotels.  Before Cox Schepp, Mr. Weaver was a Sustainable Design Practice Area Leader for the architectural firm Gensler. Mr. Weaver has an MBA in sustainable business with a concentration in green development from Marylhurst University, and a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Ball State University.  Mr. Weaver is a member of AIA, is NCARB certified, has a LEED BD+C and ID+C accreditation, is an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP), and is a Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP). 

Anne Hicks Harney is founder and President of Long Green Specs.  She has over 30 years of experience, with an emphasis on providing high quality design imbued with a solid technical foundation and a sustainable emphasis. Formed in 2016, Long Green Specs provides sustainability focused construction specifications and building science expertise to Architectural firms across the country.   Ms. Harney has an expertise in health and environmental impacts of building materials and has lectured extensively on this topic. Her work is currently focused on improving material selections on Architectural projects through the architectural specification process, and she is working with nationally recognized Architectural firms across the US.  Prior to founding Long Green Specs, Ms. Harney was Sustainability Director and Specifications Writer for Ayers Saint Gross.

Tim is Vice President of Global Accounts and Sustainability Account Development at Shaw Contract.  As a flooring industry expert, Tim Conway is focused on the positive affects that sustainable flooring products have on our buildings, and more importantly, the people that occupy and live in the spaces we design.  Tim has worked closely with Bill McDonough and the internal team at Shaw for the past twelve years developing and maintaining Shaw’s Cradle to Cradle certifications, HPDs and EPDs. His unique role at Shaw enables him to drive the communication between clients’ requirements and the product development team at Shaw. He has presented at GreenBuild, Living Future, and Design Future Council and has been an integral part in the development of healthy carpet specifications for clients all over the world.

Deidre is the Senior Director of Major Gifts for the South Region. This includes a team of eight in eight states that are responsible for raising more than $4.5 million annually. In addition, she serves as the Campaign Director in Dallas and is responsible for the fundraising efforts for the Hope Lodge $25 million capital campaign.

Most recently, she served as the Annual Giving Director for the Dallas Women’s Foundation where she was responsible for the annual giving strategy and developing and managing the annual giving program.  With more than 17 years of healthcare development experience, Deidre served as the Director of Donor Relations and Annual Programs with Parkland Foundation. During her six years with Parkland, she was a member of the leadership team for the I Stand for Parkland campaign – a $150 million capital campaign to build a new hospital. She oversaw the annual programs, donor relations, naming opportunities and events. One of her professional highlights was planning and executing the groundbreaking ceremony for the New Parkland.

In 2010, she received the Profiles in Leadership Award from the SMU Women’s Symposium. Deidre is a member of several professional organizations as well as involved with numerous agencies in the community.