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Materials Matter - Healthy Planet: Materials + the Environment

Materials Matter is a five-session series delivering comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing and selecting healthy, sustainable materials. Sessions will delve into the impact of materials on the environment and human health, the tools and data available for assessing and prioritizing materials, and strategies for integrating informed decision-making into projects and practice. Speakers will reveal the perspectives of project team members and other partners connected with materials and share the learnings and approaches of successful projects. This series offers guidance on navigating the complex landscape of disclosures and transparency in order to assess and reduce the environmental and health impacts of products. Sessions will include presentations, panels, case studies, and activities. Participants will walk away from each session with action items for integrating the curriculum into their work.

Session 1 Healthy Planet: Materials + the Environment kicks off the Materials Matter program with a candid overview of why materials matter for both environmental and human health. The session focuses on what impacts material substances can have on our environment and how we measure and track those impacts. It will introduce the primary methods used to assess the environmental impact of materials, including life-cycle assessment, and the tools available to help identify and prioritize healthy, sustainable materials.

Materials Matter is co-presented by Puget Sound Chapter CSI.

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Note: Registration for Materials Matter is for the complete 5-session series.
Early Bird Deadline: October 7, 2016, after this time the price will rise by 15%
Registration Close Date: October 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM


  • Participants will be able to describe the context of healthy materials through understanding the role materials play in human and environmental health.
  • Participants will be able to summarize the ethical and business cases for paying increased attention to materials in the built environment.
  • Participants will be able describe how material substances impact the environment, what are different categories of impacts, and how we measure and track them.
  • Participants will be able to identify common methods used to assess the environmental impacts of materials and describe opportunities and limitations of the methods.
  • Participants will be able to explain life-cycle assessment and tools which use LCA to determine materials environmental impact.


All sessions: Friday’s, 8:00 am – 12:45 pm at Seattle City Hall

October 14, 2016 – Healthy Planet: Materials + the Environment
November 4, 2016 – Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health
December 2, 2016 – Tools of the Trade: Assessment + Implementation
January 13, 2017 – Just Do It: Strategies for Projects
February 3, 2017 – Beyond Transparency: Materials Disclosure + Practice

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$560 – AIA Members + Government Employees + Partners (ASID, AGC, CSI, IIDA)
$330 – Assoc. Members
$1040 – Non-Members
$100 – Students + Scholarships

Pricing includes 20 CEHs/HSWs, light breakfast, beverages for all sessions.

Scholarships available, ask Katie Kemezis, program manager, for details.


Heather Burpee University of Washington | Bradley Guy The Catholic University of America | Dr. Lauren Heine Northwest Green Chemistry | Dr. Jan Newton University of Washington | Kathrina Simonen University of Washington & Carbon Leadership Forum


Catherine Bobenhausen Vidaris, Inc | Heather Burpee University of Washington | Edward Clark ZGF Architects | Nicole DeNamur Pacifica Law Group & University of Washington | Bradley Guy The Catholic University of America | Dr. Lauren Heine Northwest Green Chemistry | Chris Hellstern Miller Hull Partnership | Dr. David Kalman University of Washington | Nadav Malin BuildingGreen | Christopher Meek University of Washington |Dr. Jan Newton University of Washington | Tien Peng NRMCA | Alexandra Ramsden Rushing | Max Richter Perkins+Will | Kathrina Simonen University of Washington & Carbon Leadership Forum | Beth Stroshane Applied Building Information | Joel Ann Todd Health Product Declaration Collaborative | Alicia Daniels Uhlig International Living Future Institute | David Walsh Sellen

Check back as more speakers are confirmed!

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All speakers subject to change.


Special thanks to the sponsors of Materials Matter Series:



Special thanks to the Materials Matter Advisory Group

Melissa Balestri ZGF Architects | Edward Clark ZGF Architects | Joe David Point32 | Nicole DeNamur Pacifica Law Group | Michael Fiegenschuh Mithun | Bradley Guy The Catholic University of America | Chris Hellstern The Miller Hull Partnership | Margaret Montgomery NBBJ | Melissa Wackerle The American Institute of Architects | David Walsh Sellen Construction

Program Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Program Manager Katie Kemezis.

Registration and Credit Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Membership Manager Sybil Turner.

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Managing Director Kimber Leblicq.


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October 14, 2016
8:00 am - 12:45 pm
Event Price
$100 - $1040
Class Credit
4 LU , HSW


Seattle City Hall – Bertha Knight Landes Room
600 Fourth Ave
Seattle, WA 98104 United States
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