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Tuesday, June 2 • 10:00am - 3:00pm
LF20 Summit Series: Closing the Transparency Loop: Widening our Circle

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If you've ever wondered:
  • When will be the right time to overhaul my specs?
  • When will we be able to take on materials challenges across green building certifications?
  • When will healthy products no longer be costs that have to get cut from my projects?
  • When will demand be enough to demonstrate ROI on sustainability investments?
  • Was my product actually used on that project because it was transparently disclosed?
You're not alone. We all have the same questions. The answer only becomes now if we recognize that the solutions require us to all show up and take meaningful action together.

The Closing the Transparency Loop (CTL) movement was created to shine a light on the lack of communication and collaboration throughout the building industry value chain. These gaps are preventing needed progress to transform the materials economy and adequately address the multifaceted issue of health in our building stock. CTL seeks to catalyze meaningful communication and collaborative action between all stakeholders to ensure that we stabilize the business case for sustainability for everyone.

If ever there were ever a time to come together to think about collaboration to create a new normal, it's now. We face enormous challenges, but with those come even bigger opportunities. It's time to stop making incremental change individually, and start finding every collective opportunity to make sustainable buildings a winning solution for everyone.

Between the Living Product 50 and A+D communities, there are now over 130 companies committed to this movement. 2020 is about scaling this movement and its cohorts, and our numbers are growing rapidly. Come hear from manufacturers, designers, contractors, and owners, how they are working together at different scales to turn the letters they wrote into impactful action. Bring your ideas and leave with key next steps and a holistic view of what needs doing.

It's time to close the transparency loop and ensure that healthy, high-performing building materials are the norm, not the exception. Join us.

  • Share key issues within and between value chain groups, preventing the adoption of healthy materials into every building project
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration between groups that would allow each to recognize ROI for their sustainability investments
  • Hear concrete examples of impactful action being taken by individuals cohorts to meet their written commitments
  • Help us identify methods for growing the CTL movement to accelerate progress, and walk away with and ideas to take action yourself

This summit has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

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Mary Dickinson

Associate Principal, Dallas, Perkins & Will
As Regional Sustainability Practice Leader, Mary has worked on over 5 million square feet of sustainable design projects, many of which have been 2030 compliant. She managed the creation and launch of the new Transparency Site with updated Precautionary List and is a member of the... Read More →

Madeline O'Connell

Environmental Sustainability Specialist, CalSTRS
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Melissa Morancy

Director, Sustainable Knowledge & Engagement, The American Institute of Architects
Melissa Morancy, Assoc. AIA is Director, Sustainable Knowledge & Engagement for The American Institute of Architects, a 94,000 member organization based in Washington, DC. She came to AIA after 7 years of practice in architecture and now works to advance the knowledge and adoption... Read More →
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Annie Bevan

Global Sustainability Lead, Superior Essex
Annie Bevan 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, buildings, and within manufacturing operations. She represents... Read More →
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Alexandra Muller

Associate Director, Products, ILFI
Alex works on both the Declare and Living Product Challenge programs. For Declare she works with manufacturers interested in pushing ingredient transparency in the building products industry. Her role as the Associate Director, Materials allows her the opportunity to engage with manufacturers... Read More →
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Charley Stevenson

Principal, Integrated Eco Strategy, LLC
Charley is a sustainability consultant and green building entrepreneur with a particular focus on helping others understand and implement their healthier materials goals. IES is a pioneer in assisting project teams in creating Full Living buildings.Since 2010, Charley’s North Adams... Read More →
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Michaela Shaw

Sustainability Manager, Hightower
Michaela Shaw is Hightower’s contracted Sustainability Manager, whose experience stems from her passion to educate companies and individuals to achieve their environmental and human health goals. Michaela’s work includes supply chain and product analysis, strategies to reduce... Read More →
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Arthur Clarke

Director of Sustainability, HMTX Industries
Arthur Clarke is responsible for strategizing and implementing the sustainability initiatives of HMTX Industries through his work on programs such as Declare, JUST, and Living Product Challenge (LPC). In 2018, Arthur led a team of colleagues to complete the LPC in only four months... Read More →
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Michael Bahr

Project Engineer, DPR Construction
Mike is a project engineer for DPR Construction in Sacramento, CA. Mike is one of the Living Future ambassadors for the Sacramento Collaborative, and recently completed his LFA training. On the CalSTRS project, Mike serves as DPR's Sustainable Design Coordinator in addition to his... Read More →
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Lona Rerick

Associate Principal, ZGF Architects
Lona Rerick is a sustainable designer and specifier at ZGF Architects focusing on materials selection and transparency. Lona guides clients, design teams and contractors through the intricacies of system materials selection, product research for locations and writing specifications... Read More →
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Patty Lloyd

Director, Sustainability, Leopardo Companies
Patty has nearly 20 years in the construction industry and more than 15 years of experience advancing sustainability in the built environment. She is an advocate for green building and healthy, high-performing construction both at Leopardo and the industry at large. Her experience... Read More →
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Simona Fischer

Architect, Associate, MSR Design
Simona is an architect and sustainability leader at MSR Design. Most recently she led the development of the firm's material library entry criteria designed to help staff filter products and materials that meet sustainability, carbon and health criteria, and the MSR Design Sustainable... Read More →
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Melissa Wackerle

Senior Director, Sustainable Practice & Knowledge, The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Melissa Wackerle, LEED AP BD+C, ND is Senior Director Sustainable Practice & Knowledge with the American Institute of Architects. Melissa has 20+ years of experience in the design and construction industry and a masters degree in Sustainability and Development. Her experience ranges... Read More →
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Emily English

Sustainability Manager, GCI General Contractors
Emily has over 15 years of experience learning the nuances of various certification programs and their impacts on clients and project teams having worked at for U.S Green Building Council, ENERGY STAR, NAHB Green and the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program. She has deep experience... Read More →
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Luke Zhou

Lead Sustainable Materials Specialist, Humanscale
Luke Zhou is the Lead Sustainable Materials Specialist at Humanscale, an ergonomic furniture company based in NYC. Luke manages the sustainable materials program at Humanscale, including introducing sustainable materials in product development, reporting and managing the chemical... Read More →
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Ralph Bicknese

Principal + Co-founder, Hellmuth-Bicknese Architects
Ralph Bicknese is an architect, a member of the AIA, a LEED AP BD+C, a LEED Fellow and a principal and co-founder of Hellmuth-Bicknese Architects. Ralph is passionate about integrating design excellence with exemplary environmental performance to evoke positive impact and enrich life... Read More →

Tuesday June 2, 2020 10:00am - 3:00pm