Reduce Harmful Chemicals and Grow Your Business!
Join us in midtown Manhattan for our next in-person workshop, co-sponsored by the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP-Greater NYC chapter).
Savvy business owners everywhere are designing their products, workplaces, and retail environments to respond to consumer demand for safe standards and to differentiate their businesses in a changing market. This cross-sector introductory workshop will point you in the right direction toward safer materials and practices for your business. Experts will provide guidelines, case studies, certification program information, and opportunities to support the movement toward safer environments. You’ll learn how to assess your current chemical use, reduce your toxic chemical footprint, and impact your company’s profile.
- Hilary Baum, Program and Policy Director, NYSBC, will discuss green procurement as a business strategy and the role of business leadership in the movement toward safer materials procurement.
- Rich Schiafo, Campaign Coordinator, Clean and Healthy New York, will provide guidelines for identifying toxic chemicals in your workplace and finding safer alternatives that support your bottom line.
- Robin Guenther, Principal of Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm, will discuss her company’s role as an innovator in the construction industry around both material transparency and material health, the tools and resources they have developed to further this work, and the associated culture change that has taken place within the company itself.
DATE, TIME, & VENUE
Wednesday, April 11th, 5:30pm-7:45pm
The Suite Project, 8th Floor
417 Fifth Avenue (between 37th and 38th Streets)
New York City
NYSBC and ASBC Members – $25
ISSP Members – $25
ISSP Student Members – $15
Non-members – $35
At door – $45
Join us for an insightful discussion and networking reception with sustainability professionals!
5:30 – 6:00pm – Reception
6:00 – 7:15pm – Program and Q&A
7:15 – 7:45pm – Networking Cocktail Reception
Wines, soft drinks and refreshments will be offered.
Hilary Baum is the program and policy director of the New York Sustainable Business Council. She is a producer of coalition-building educational programs and public awareness campaigns focusing on food, farming, and sustainability. A pioneer in the regional food movement, she co-founded Chefs for the Marcellus, a coalition of food professionals and business owners concerned about fracking in New York, and directed Food Systems Network NYC and The Public Market Collaborative. Her background includes artisan food production, marketing, restaurant procurement, farmers’ market operations, and community supported agriculture. She is an author of the American Sustainable Business Council’s report, Re-thinking Fracking, and a contributor to the New York City Council’s FoodWorks, and co-author of Public Markets and Community Revitalization and The Lifespice Cookbook.
Rich Schiafo has three decades of experience as an environmental professional, having held various positions with nonprofit environmental organizations and local, regional and state government agencies. Rich works with Clean and Healthy New York’s leadership to advance the Reducing Chemicals of Concern in Products in NY State policy campaign and the Getting Ready for Baby market campaign. Rich’s recent work encompassed watershed protection outreach and education and regional materials management with a focus on organics, chairing the Hudson Valley Regional Materials Management Working Group. With a passion for food justice, Rich has been a leader of the ‘Feeding the Hudson Valley’ events, and he has done significant food recovery work for Dutchess and Ulster County charitable organizations. For the City of Kingston, Rich prepared a greenhouse gas inventory and authored their Climate Action Plan. He is the recipient of a U.S. EPA Region 2 Environmental Quality Award and Hudson River Watershed Alliance Stewardship Award.
Robin Guenther is a Principal of Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor to Health Care Without Harm. An expert in sustainable healthcare design, Robin is a long-time advocate for healthier healing environments and recently spoke on the topic at TEDMED 2014. Notable projects include leading the major expansion of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and ongoing work with preeminent institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Robin also led one of the two winning teams in the Kaiser Permanente “Small Hospital, Big Idea” Competition. Healthcare Design magazine named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare” and she co-coordinated the “Green Guide for Health Care,” the most commonly used method of tracking sustainability in healthcare spaces today. She released the second edition of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture in 2013 and Fast Company named her as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.”