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Takeaways from Climate Week To Design for a More Sustainable Future

By Ratish Namboothiry | Director, Innovation for Good & Sustainability at Kohler Co.
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Coming back from a few days in NY for UNGA and Cimate Week, I had an opportunity to be on an insightful panel called "How to Design a More Sustainable Future" with industry experts: Martine Stillman, Niki King, Dalen Copeland and Eric Cohen. The momentum around integrating sustainability into design was incredibly inspiring. Here are my top two learnings:

Insights from CNEXT Designer Summit

By Ratish Namboothiry Director - Innovation for Good & Sustainability at Kohler Co.
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The responsibility placed on brands to contribute to a sustainable future continues to grow. The design and manufacturing industry has a unique opportunity to instill sustainable behaviors in consumers by offering products that integrate sustainability naturally into consumers’ homes and lives, without sacrificing quality or function.

The Science of Sustainable Design

HP, Trek Bicycle, Room & Boardand Bosch Appliances are changing how everyday products are made to have an impact on climate change
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HP has created “the world’s most sustainable PC portfolio” through a commitment to energy efficiency, recycled materials usage, product longevity, design for product end-of-life and innovative packaging.  

The company’s groundbreaking recycling program in Haiti has provided more than 450 tons of ocean-bound plastic bottles for recycling and reuse. That plastic ends up in HP products like the new EliteBook 800 Series PCs, ZBook Firefly 14 and ZBook Firefly 15. 

Stepping Up Our Work on Circularity

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The circular economy is a natural extension of Cisco’s own business transformation. As a company, we are moving from product upgrade cycles to recurring cloud computing and a software-subscription model. With this same mindset, we aim to harness technology to limit the unintended consequences of one-way consumption.

Cisco is accelerating the adoption of circularity with the goal of decoupling business growth from the consumption of finite resources, designing waste out of the system, and transitioning to renewable energy.

International Living Future Institute Adds Embodied Carbon to Declare Labels in Shift to Acknowledging Full Product Impacts

New Declare Labels Piloted by Partners Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions, Interface, Superior Essex Communications in Bold Commitment to Transparency and Accountability
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SEATTLE, October 11, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Today the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), announced the first of its new Declare labels that include product embodied carbon alongside ingredient disclosure, reinforcing ILFI’s commitment to transparency in the building products industry. Partners Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions, Interface, and Superior Essex Communications have supported this paradigm shift through several pilot Declare labels that broadens the scope of material health.

Mainstreaming the Healthy Materials Movement

Volume Commitments and Updated Standards Scale the Creation and Adoption of Healthy Materials
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NASHVILLE, Tenn., October 11, 2019 /3BL Media/ – The healthy materials movement began with a few intrepid designers, manufacturers and forward-thinking nonprofits asking a simple question: Why can’t every place we live, work and play be free of toxic chemicals and harmful materials?

Living Building Challenge 4.0 Meets Market Demand for Increased Scalability and Accessibility

Updated standard earns pilot commitments from Google, King County and others
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SEATTLE, May 2, 2019 /3BL Media/ - The International Living Future Institute announced today the release of Living Building Challenge 4.0 (LBC 4.0), which meets demand from the marketplace for increased scale and accessibility. Google and King County committed to test the new standard in their construction, among others.

Integrated Eco Strategy and Toxnot Announce Partnership to Streamline Product Ingredient Disclosure

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass., April 24, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Integrated Eco Strategy (IES) and Toxnot announce a new partnership designed to integrate their respective materials transparency platforms. This partnership enables manufactures to quickly and efficiently share building product ingredient data and meet the requirements of certifications such as the Living Building Challenge (LBC) and Declare in new, powerful ways.

U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Program Now Recognizes the Living Product Challenge

Inclusion of Living Products in LEED credits stands to grow adoption of healthy materials
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SEATTLE, April 19, 2019 /3BL Media/ The Living Product Challenge (LPC) is now an approved certification path in the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) LEED® v4/4.1 BD+C program. Living Product Challenge certified products join Declare as a compliant pathway in the LEED version 4 and 4.1 Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Material Ingredients credit.

Watch: Living Future CEO Amanda Sturgeon speak at TEDMED 2018

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Last November, ILFI CEO Amanda Sturgeon spoke at TEDMED 2018, the independent health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” In her speech, Amanda talked about biophilic design, human health, and how the former can benefit the latter, as well as the role architecture can play in bringing nature back to our (mostly indoor) lives.

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