Materials Summit

star Worth 6 GBCI CE hours and 6 AIA LU-HSWs

Thu, 12/5/2019 - 8:30am - 6:00pm

One Logan Square, 130 North 18th Street, 26th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Materials Summit: Finding connections in holistic sustainability through embodied carbon and human health​

Each year Green Building United hosts a day-long summit focused on health and wellness in the built environment. This year we are expanding beyond human wellbeing to incorporate environmental health as it relates to embodied carbon.

The Summit will include inspiring presentations and a call for collaboration from both Materials Carbon Action Network (materialsCAN) and the mindful MATERIALS Manufacturer Group (mM Manufacturer Group), and is geared toward anyone interested in knowing more about the role materials play in creating healthier, greener buildings. Lunch will be enjoyed in the beautiful Knoll Showroom, and the full-day of rich learning will conclude with a happy hour! 

Event is worth 6 GBCI CE hours and 6 AIA LU-HSWs. 



8:30 – 9:00 am | Registration and Coffee

9:00 am | Welcome

9:10 – 10:30 am | Presentation by MaterialsCAN

10:30 – 10:45 am | Break

10:45 am – 12:10 pm | Presentation by MaterialsCAN

12:15 – 1:00 pm | Lunch in the Knoll Showroom

1:00 – 2:30 pm | Presentation by mM Manufacturer Group

2:30 – 2:45 pm | Break

2:45 – 4:00 pm | Presentation by mM Manufacturer Group

4:00 – 6:00 pm | Happy Hour


Event Cost

Member: $50

Non-member: $100 (Want to become a member? Join here!)


EVENT IS SOLD OUT | Walk-ins not permitted due to limited space capacity.

Contact Leah Wirgau to be placed on waiting list. 

Morning Presentation by MaterialsCAN

Embodied carbon emissions currently account for 11 percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions, making the materials we use to build a crucial, but often unseen, contributor to the climate crisis. But what if the buildings we designed and occupied could instead serve to reverse this trend by acting as carbon sinks?

This morning session will convene the Materials Carbon Action Network - including Interface, Skanska, Gensler, Saint-Gobain, USG, Armstrong Ceilings, Superior Essex Communications, and Kingspan - who have come together to lead the global conversation on embodied carbon to accelerate collaboration and change towards a future with carbon-negative materials in the built environment.

Presenters (bios below): Annie Bevan, Superior Essex (moderator) | Lisa Conway, Interface | Anita Snader, Armstrong Ceilings | Dennis Wilson, Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed 

Afternoon Presentation by mM Manufacturer Group

Every architect, designer and contractor looking for healthy, sustainable materials knows how challenging it can be. Similarly, industry is evolving to meet demands for both better materials and increased transparency expectations for the disclosure of material and ingredient information in products.

This afternoon session will introduce attendees to how the mindful Materials database is driving industry transformation by providing tools for A&D and supporting the improvements made to the BPDO credits in LEED Beta v4.1. Learn how the mindful Materials platform is building a community between architects, designers, contractors, manufacturers, and owners so that we can all design with intent for the health of our people and our planet.

Presenters (bios below): Tracy Backus, Teknion | Rachel Berman, Mecho | Tim Conway, Shaw Industries | Kendra Martz, Construction Specialties | Amy Musanti, ASSA ABLOY 

Morning Presenters

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Annie Bevan, 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, 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. 

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Lisa Conway, Interface

Lisa serves as VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface – the global flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. She and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. She is passionate about bringing awareness to the interconnectedness of environmental sustainability and human health. To drive understanding of the impact of carbon on human health, Lisa and her team provide educational programming around the need for transparency and prioritization of embodied carbon in specifications within the building industry. She co-founded the materials Carbon Action Network (materialsCAN) in 2018 to mobilize this effort. Lisa also serves on the Sustainable Advisory Board for Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business and was named to “CoreNet’s 36 Under 36” in 2015. 

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Anita Snader, Armstrong Ceilings

Anita is the Environmental Sustainability Manager of Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, PA. She manages the sustainability strategy for Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions, and serves as an internal environmental advocate, and environmental spokesperson. She is a LEED AP, and well versed in the LEED rating systems and USGBC initiatives. As co-chair of Armstrong's LEED EB team, she led the corporation to a LEED EB Platinum for their Headquarters building in Lancaster, PA in June 2007, and served on the team obtaining LEED EB recertification in 2014. Recently, Anita has led Armstrong in a new initiative focusing on the Health and Wellbeing of occupants called Better Spaces. 

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Dennis Wilson, Saint-Gobain/CertainTEED

Dennis is the Director of Sustainability, Environment, Health & Safety for Saint-Gobain in North America, the parent company of CertainTeed.  Dennis joined CertainTeed/Saint-Gobain in 2007 and has since worked in a variety of operational EHS, product stewardship and sustainability roles.  Dennis’ team manages Saint-Gobain North America’s environmental, health and safety programs as well as process & product sustainability efforts including waste, water, energy, greenhouse gas reduction and product life cycle assessments.  

Dennis holds a BS in Applied Environmental Health & Safety Sciences (Safety Sciences) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MS in Environmental Protection & Safety Management from St. Joseph’s University, an MBA from LaSalle University, and a certificate in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova University.  

Afternoon Presenters

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Tracy Backus, Teknion

Joining Teknion in April 2000 as a degreed and licensed interior designer has given Tracy a diverse career in the built environment industry. As Teknion’s Director of Sustainable Programs, advancing sustainability is a cultural imperative that allows for a personal passion.  Daily, she builds awareness on the importance of environmental values throughout the company, our supply chain and Teknion’s internal and external client base.  With a focus on material health and product ingredients since 2011, the role has been to drive change within our supply chain, manufacturing facilities and to continually reduce environmental impacts for the built environment and human health in the workplace. As a WELL AP, WELL Faculty member, Advisory member to the WELL v2 Material Concept and a LEED AP , she is passionate about sharing knowledge with  on these important environmental strategies that improve the lives of people, communities and protect the planet. 

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Rachel Berman, Mecho

Rachel 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 leads her local Civic Association’s Parks + Recreation committee in Long Island City, NY. 

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Tim Conway, Shaw Industries

As a flooring industry expert, Tim is focused on the positive affects that sustainable flooring products have on our buildings, and more importantly, the people that occupy and live in the spaces we design.

Tim is passionate about collaborating with clients to develop flooring specifications that are safe throughout a product’s entire supply chain, from raw material chemical building blocks to end of life reclamation.

He has a unique ability to translate complex environmental assessments into simple stories that empower change and deliver buildings that have positive intent for the future of our people and our planet.

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Kendra Martz, Construction Specialties 

Kendra is the Manager of Sustainable New Product Delivery at Construction Specialties, Inc. (CS). When focused on the sustainability aspect of the role, she manages environmental product declarations – i.e. Cradle to Cradle product certifications and Health Product Declarations; implements environmental impact reduction strategies; and leads the corporate sustainability strategy. She believes that product design is the key to addressing society’s sustainability challenges and provides product development teams with the tools to consider environmental impacts and design strategies to overcome those challenges. As a material health and circular economy advocate, she is well connected to developments in healthy material initiatives within the built environment, and navigates various healthy product standards for CS products, meanwhile participating in harmonization efforts with the standards. Kendra represents CS in a variety of organizations such as the Green Chemistry Commerce Council, BizNGO, USGBC, HPDC, and the Cradle to Cradle Material Health Advisory Committee.

Ms. Martz is a LEED Green Associate, holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geography from the Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College. Her goal is to be a catalyst for positive change in the built environment and global economy.

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Amy Musanti, ASSA ABLOY

Amy is the Business Development Director- Sustainable Building Solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions in New Haven, Connecticut. Amy joined ASSA ABLOY in 2007 and has held a variety of positions across numerous divisions in customer service, marketing, sales, and sustainability.  She is responsible for ’greening’ the group’s products and processes, as well as supporting business opportunities for ASSA ABLOY solutions that contribute energy efficiency and wellness to the commercial and institutional construction industry. 

Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Information Technology from Monmouth University in NJ and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University in CT. 


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