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The Material Health Open Innovation Symposium: The Art & Science of Material Health Innovation.

On November 15, 2022, HPDC hosted the third Material Health Open Innovation Symposium. During this free Virtual Zoom event, attendees learned about the latest innovations taking place in the field of Material Health from researchers, educators, manufacturers, architects, designers and ecosystem partners. U.S. Green Building Council and mindful MATERIALS joined the Symposium as a co-sponsors. Wendy Vittori, Executive Director of HPDC, moderated the Material Health Open Innovation Symposium.

Watch each of the four sessions below.

Session 1 – Introduction 

Welcoming message from Wendy Vittori, HPDC, Wes Sullens, USGBC, Alex Muller, mindful MATERIALS
Keynote Speaker: Rolf Halden, from ASU’s Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering

Session 2 – Leading Edge of Practice Case Studies: Material Health Innovations 

Presenters: Mikhail Davis, Interface, presents “From ‘impossible’ to everywhere: Scaling up recycled nylon yarn;” Annmarie Ott, Saint Gobain, and Evelyn Ritter, ToxNot, present “Material Health Screening with “RoboTox Feature within the Toxnot Tool;” Aine Hardaker, Len-Tex Wallcoverings presents “VT-B: Increasing Clean Vinyl Technology’s™ Bio-Based Content;” Arthur Clarke, HMTX, “Social Health & Equity – a Manufacturer’s Journey with Just”

Session 3 – Ecosystem Programs: Social Equity, Tools To Advance Material Health, Progress in Rating & Certification Programs

Presenters: Rebecca Stamm, HBN presents “Embodied Injustices: Chemical and Environmental Justice Impacts Along Product Life Cycles;” Russell Beaumont, CookFox, presents “A Survey of Current Labor Certifications for the Built Environment;” Evelyn Ritter, ToxNot, presents “Incentivize your Suppliers for HPD data using the Toxnot Exchange;” Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds, presents Sustainable Minds Transparency Report [EPD]™: Integrating EPD and HPD information in one easy-to-understand digital document;” Paul Shahriari, ecomedes and Jack Dinning, Brightworks Sustainability, present Simplifying Data-Driven Sustainability;” Nina Hwang, Green Seal, presents Optimizing Material Health and Maximizing LEED Credits; Gina Ciganik and Anjanette Green, HBN, present “Mission Possible – Healthier Projects using Materials Modeling”

Session 4 – Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion with all ecosystem partners from Session 3 on What Lies Ahead in 2023