Transparency and Material Health “In Practice” - Accessing and Using Transparency and Material Health information

Parsons Healthy Materials Lab and Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) invite you to the second discussion in our Four-Part Fall Discussion Series: Transparency and Material Health In Practice. This live audience Discussion Series provides Architecture and Design Professionals with practical answers to questions that you are likely to encounter as you take the next steps to integrate healthy materials practices into product selection and specification in your projects.

Discussion #2: October 9th: Transparency and Material Health “In Practice” - Accessing and Using Transparency and Material Health information

This discussion will provide an overview of transparency reports and material health databases and libraries available for use by architecture and design practices. Our panelists will share their practical approaches to integrating these tools and information with their existing firm libraries. We will also address the techniques they have used to prepare design professionals, through education and practice, to use these tools in project documentation, specifications, and to obtain LEED/WELL and other building certification credits.


  • Mary Dickinson, Perkins+Will
  • Susan Kaplan, HLW International
  • Jack Dinning, Donghia healthier Materials Library at Parsons
  • Alison Mears, Parsons Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons
  • Wendy Vittori, HPD Collaborative

The second Discussion will take place on October 9th from 6:00pm-7:30pm. For those in the New York City area, in person attendance is available, and we would love to have you in the audience with us. We are also livestreaming the discussion (livestream available here), so that everyone can participate in real-time.

Registration is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP early to assure your attendance.

In-person and Livestream attendees will receive free access to the first course of Healthy Materials Lab's online certificate in Healthy Materials and Sustainable Buildings

Please Note: If you are not currently working with transparency and material health information in your practice, we recommend that you consider taking HPDC’s 1-hour introductory course: Empowering the Design Professional, prior to attending. This course, which is free and provides for 1-hour CEU credit, will equip you with information that will be helpful to participating in the Discussion Series. Please click this link to access the course. You may also take one of Healthy Materials Lab’s online courses in Healthy Materials and Sustainable Buildings found here.

The format for each session is a 90 minute, live presentation and discussion with a panel of experienced practitioners who have implemented healthy materials practices at their firms. Our panelists will speak - from their own experience - to some of the common issues that arise in introducing these practices in architecture, design and building owner firms, and share their lessons learned and solutions implemented. The sessions will provide you with case studies and actionable information that you can put to use right away on your own projects. You also will learn about other tools and resources that are available and affordable, that can help you and your colleagues quickly and effectively introduce the use of transparency and material health practices into your design projects. Audience members are highly encouraged to bring your own questions for discussion with the panelists.

Upcoming Discussions (separate invitations to follow):

October 30th: Beyond Transparency - Taking it to the next level – improving product decisions with Transparency and Material Health Information

This discussion will provide insight into the next level of integrating material health information with other decision parameters including cost and performance, as well as the use of product certifications including Declare, C2C, and restricted substance lists. There will be a discussion of best practices to help design professionals go beyond collecting the first step – collecting transparency reports - to advanced decision-making practices to identify and select better, safer products.

Speakers to be announced.

November/January (TBD): Material Health in Affordable Housing and Beyond

A discussion among Affordable Housing architects and developers currently incorporating material health in their practice and buildings. Participants will describe the funding challenges, changes in design practice and the environmental and social benefits for occupants.

Speakers to be announced.

Access to Past Discussions in this Series:

September 18th: Managing Transparency and Material Health in Practice - Firm Level Introduction Issues

In this first session our experienced panelists shared how they have addressed the firm-level administrative and management issues which may arise with the decision to include transparency and material health information in projects. Topics included: risk and liability management, specifications, interfacing with contractors, and presenting to clients/ROI for building owners. Speakers included:

  • John Amatruda, Principal – Vidaris, Inc.
  • Robin Guenther, Principal - Perkins+Will
  • Amanda Kaminsky, Founder and Principal - Building Product Ecosystems
  • Alison Mears, Director- Parsons Healthy Materials Lab
  • Wendy Vittori, Executive Director - Health Product Declaration Collaborative

A recorded video of the first Discussion is available here.

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