Materials Matter 5

Beyond Transparency: Materials Disclosure + Practice

June 5, 2018
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Credit: 4.0 HSW/SD
Perkins + Will
2218 Bryan Street
Suite 200
Dallas, TX 75201

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 5 - Beyond Transparency: Materials Disclosure + Practice

Session 5, Beyond Transparency: Materials Disclosure + Practice, unpacks how to integrate healthy materials selection into firm culture and practice. It clarifies the risks of material transparency for firms and shares strategies for managing risk while encouraging transparency. It investigates how firms balance making better material choices while considering client and firm values, and how firm-based decisions ultimately impact the ‘bigger picture’ – human and environmental health. Local manufacturers will also engage in a lively moderated discussion to share their perspective on the challenges and opportunities of healthy, sustainable materials. The session ends with immediate actions participants can take to apply their new knowledge and skills.