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Sustaining Human Ability - Taking a People-Centric Approach to Sustainability

Sustaining Human Ability - Taking a People-Centric Approach to Sustainability

Thursday, 17 October 2019
1:00pm EDT / 10:00am PDT / 6:00pm BST / 7:00pm CEST
Sponsored By
Shaw Industries
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Photo Credit: Photo by Anna Kolosyuk on Unsplash


People spend 90% of their time indoors. So, it’s no surprise that the spaces where we learn, create, and come together to solve our greatest challenges have a significant impact on human experience.

Shaw Industries, a global flooring company with a commitment to sustain[HUMAN]abilityTM, will moderate a discussion focused on putting people at the center of sustainability efforts. This webinar will showcase three case studies from diverse organizations and will explore what is driving their efforts, the challenges they’ve faced, keys to success and what’s on the horizon.

Get behind-the-scenes case studies from:

Perkins and Will's Material Performance Lab Co-Director, Mary Dickinson

  • A global architecture and design that ignited an industry movement toward healthy building materials in 2008, and whose Material Performance Lab continues to lead research and educate design professionals on how to choose healthier, more sustainable products

HeiQ Group's Co-founder & CEO, Carlo Centonze

  • A leader in textile innovation that helps textile brands and manufacturers quickly identify, target and manufacture novel technologies, including groundbreaking work on IKEA’s air purifying curtain concept

Healthy Building Network's Collective Impact Director, William Weber

  • HomeFree is a national initiative of the Healthy Building Network (HBN) helping leaders in affordable housing "do better." In collaboration with the Housing Partnership Networking and HPN Select EcoGuide, together they encourage HPN membership to adopt healthier materials in the affordable housing sector

What You Will Learn

In this webinar, attendees will be presented with these takeaways:

  1. Gain insights into the trends that are driving companies, nonprofits/NGOs and others to focus on people at the core of their sustainability efforts
  2. Understand common obstacles to change and innovation and how to overcome them
  3. Learn about the value of leveraging partnerships to achieve sustainability objectives

Additional Resources:


Susan Farris
Vice President of Sustainability & Corporate Communications
Shaw Industries

Susan Farris is VP of Sustainability & Corporate Communications at Shaw Industries, based in Dalton, Georgia.

Mary Dickinson
Material Performance Lab Co-Director

As Material Performance Lab Co-Director & Regional Sustainability Practice Leader, Mary has worked on over 5 million square feet of sustainable design projects, many of which have been 2030 compliant.

Carlo Centonze
Co-founder & CEO
HeiQ Group

Since 2004, he serves HeiQ as CEO, developing the firm from a two employee company to a company with 80 employees on four continents -- working with more than 40 PhDs around the world. Founded in 2005 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), HeiQ is a leader in textile innovation creating some of the most effective, durable and high-performance textile technologies on the market today.

William "Billy" Weber
Collective Impact Director
Healthy Building Network

Billy Weber, Collective Impact Director, oversees the leadership and design of HBN’s communities of practice and educational activities, with a focus on the HomeFree Affordable Housing Initiative.