Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020

Time: 10am - 12pm (PDT)

Location: Zoom


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If you could make design decisions that made a positive impact to the health and wellness of our population how would you get started? 

The materials used inside our buildings have an obvious and well documented effect on occupant health and wellbeing. Because of this, the building product manufacturing community recognized the need for their products to contribute to a healthy indoor environment. Closing the Transparency Loop (CTL) is a movement that grew out of a series of letters exchanged between the Architectural and Design (A&D) community and major building product manufacturers. CTL’s mission is to transform the built environment by leveraging the business case to grow the sustainability movement throughout the built environment value chain.

Learn about the Manufacturer Materials Pledge, the A&D Materials Pledge and Contractor Materials Pledge and how over 200+ businesses are committing to supporting the healthy materials economy to create more sustainable buildings.

As we see rating systems prioritizing healthy materials, participants will hear from the A&D and manufacturing community on action that you can take now, across all of your projects to support healthy materials and space as the norm, not the option. Join us to learn more about the material health movement and how you can become part of the movement to design for positive impacts.

1 AIA HSW and General GBCI Continuing Education Unit is available to participants for attending this webinar.


Annie Bevan

Global Head of Sustainability, Superior Essex

Annie is a sustainability professional with over 10 years of experience working with organizations to develop processes, procedures, and standards to analyze and certify various sustainability claims in products, supply chains, buildings, and within manufacturing operations. She is widely regarded in the industry as an expert in sustainability program development, corporate social responsibility and third-party verification. In her role as the Global Head of Sustainability, she oversees Superior Essex market leading sustainability program, working to collaborate and accelerate their sustainability platform through engagement with both customers and suppliers. She is driven by a passion to create positive change through collaboration and is inspired by the interconnectivity of all things in both nature and business.

In addition to her work at Superior Essex, she sits as a technical advisor and collaborator with: the US Green Building Council’s Materials and Resources TAG for the LEED rating system, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), my green lab, the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, Clean Production Action and the GreenScreen Program, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, and the Collaborative for High Performing Schools, among other programs and efforts.

Tim Conway

Vice President of Sustainability, Shaw Industries   

Tim Conway has changed the company’s attitude toward sustainability- namely that this goal is a collective responsibility. Tim is focused on the positive effects 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 sustainability leaders within the industry and team at Shaw to reengineer products and supply chains, driving the sustainability movement forward- both for the brand and the industry. For over 10 years, Tim has been at the forefront of educating and promoting  Shaw’s Cradle to Cradle certifications, Declare Labels, HPDs, and EPDs. His significant product contributions include spearheading the company’s reclamation program, introducing PET-based resilient flooring, eliminating coal fly ash, among others. Throughout his career, Tim has served as a vital connection between sustainability industry leadership and has used his market intelligence to drive change in the way Shaw Industries makes products and designs spaces.

His industry expertise has allowed him to present at GreenBuild, Living Future Conference, CleanMed, and other major conferences. Tim is also heavily engaged in building and wellness programs such as serving on the mindful MATERIALS steering committee and creating the corresponding manufacturers group. He is heavily involved in Health Care without Harm, and the Healthy Hospital and Healthy Campus initiatives. Tim was also highly involved in Shaw Industry’s decision to sign the UN Global Compact.

Tim is passionate about collaborating with clients to develop flooring specifications that are safe throughout a product’s entire supply chain, from the chemical ingredients to end of service reclamation. He has a unique ability to translate complex systems like Cradle to Cradle and HPDs into simple stories that empower change and deliver buildings that have positive intent for the future of our people and our planet.

Rachel Berman

Sustainability Program Manager, Mecho

Rachel Berman is the Sustainability Program Manager at Mecho, the leading manufacturer of commercial window-covering systems. Rachel oversees the company’s environmental sustainability initiatives, including material certifications + transparency, supply chain engagement, and circular economy.  Rachel’s drive stems from her extensive pursuit of the correlation between human health and the built environment for both materials and daylight. Rachel holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management and is an active member of her local civic association in Long Island City, NY.

Lona Rerick

Director of Sustainability, ZGF

Lona Rerick is a sustainable design leader at ZGF Architects LLP focusing on materials. Lona guides clients, design teams and contractors through the intricacies of materials selection, research, and specifications to assure that project goals are met.  Lona serves on the Health Product Declaration Collaborative’s Board; as 2018 chair and current member of AIA National’s Materials Knowledge Working Group; as a member of the LEED MR TAG; on the mindful MATERIALS Steering Group; and as a founding co-Chair of the Portland Materials Transparency Collaborative. In 2018, she worked with Portland AIA to create the local AIA Materials Matter educational series.

Emily English

Sustainability Director, BNBuilders

Emily English, has over 15 years of experience learning the nuances of various certification programs and their impacts on clients and project teams having previously worked at for U.S Green Building Council, ENERGY STAR, NAHB Green and most recently the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program. Her role at GCI includes collaborating with project teams on topics like the vetting and procurement of healthier materials, identifying opportunities for deconstruction and reuse, planning for C&D waste diversion and improving indoor air quality during construction. She also advises and trains internal project team members and subcontractors on clients' sustainability goals, state and local regulations, and the requirements of various building certification programs (LEED, LBC, WELL, Fitwell, etc). In 2020, Emily is serving on the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group.

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