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Transparency is the New Black: Ingredient Disclosure, Red List and Material Health

January 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

The Living Product Challenge is an aspirational framework for manufacturers to make healthy products that give back more than they take from the environment and society. The Building Blocks of Living Products is a three-part education series that will explore key components of the Living Product framework: transparent material health, net positive life cycle impacts, and social equity.


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Come learn about the growing trend in the building industry around transparency of product ingredients and material health. Industry expert Andrea Cooper, who leads the Declare program and Materials Petal for the International Living Future Institute, will be visiting Pittsburgh to shed light on the new ingredient transparency requirements of various green building rating systems and how you can position your company to gain access to this market opportunity. Andrea will provide advice on avoiding common road blocks and offer step-by-step instruction on the process for achieving a Declare label with Red List Free status. Anita Snader, Environmental Sustainability Manager for Armstrong World Industries, will share her team’s experience pursuing multiple Declare labels and discuss feedback they have received from stakeholders. For more information, view the event flyer here.

While incredibly valuable to manufacturers of building products, this event’s content will be relevant to all manufacturers, architects, designers, building owners and sustainability professionals. This is the first workshop in our three-part series, The Building Blocks of Living Products, which will also explore life cycle impacts and social equity.

About the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub
In partnership with Green Building Alliance, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) established the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub in April 2017 to accelerate the region’s transformation into a center for sustainable manufacturing. The Hub serves as a center of education and outreach, connecting innovative products and manufacturers, buildings and communities to the ILFI’s vision, programs and network.

About the International Living Future Institute
The International Living Future Institute is a non-profit dedicated to inspiring the transformation of products, buildings and communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Through its visionary programs and partnerships with local communities, ILFI’s goals are to reconcile humanity’s relationship with the natural world and offer global strategies for lasting sustainability that are grounded and relevant.



Andrea Cooper, Living Building Challenge Materials Petal + Declare Manager, International Living Future Institute
Andrea is a sustainable design and construction professional with a background in interior design, architecture and construction management. After receiving her Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Andrea worked on some of the most noteworthy, sustainable buildings in the Midwest while with WMA Consulting Engineers. She brings with her an in-depth knowledge of architecture and engineering systems which she applied as a project team member on several Living Building Challenge projects, including the Midwest Offices of the Natural Resources Defense Council. A passionate Chicagoan, Andrea enjoys the art, architecture, and culture of the Windy City. She is the proud owner of her own piece of Chicago history, an 1896 two-flat that she saved from the City’s demo list and lovingly restored.

Benson Gabler, Pittsburgh Living Product Hub Manager, International Living Future Institute
Benson manages the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, which ILFI launched in April 2017 to support the region’s growth of green manufacturing and regenerative product design. Benson spent the past eight years directing the corporate sustainability program for The PNC Financial Services Group, where he championed an enterprise-wide sustainability program to reduce the bank’s operational footprint, mitigate environmental risk within its lending portfolio, and seek out financing opportunities to support a low-carbon economy. Prior to PNC, he worked on sustainable product design for Stonyfield Farm and the GreenBlue Institute. Benson is a LEED Accredited Professional, who holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MBA and Master of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University.



The educational portion of this program will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., with a happy hour following at 5:00, hosted by Pittsburgh’s Living Future Collaborative. The Collaborative serves as a group of advocates who help inspire local projects and advise on educational content, while advancing the missions of Green Building Alliance and the International Living Future Institute.



1. Learn about material transparency requirements of the Living Building Challenge, LEED v4 and WELL
2. Understand the step-by-step process of collecting and disclosing ingredient data
3. Explore the Red List and the requirements to achieve a Declare label
4. Review the various platforms that connect architects and designers to transparent products



This event is pending approval for 2.0 GBCI CEUs.

Partnering with USGBC, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


January 11, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Leslie Montgomery


Green Building Alliance
333 E Carson St, Suite 331
Pittsburgh, 15219 United States
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