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The Great Indoors - Creating a Nurturing Habitat for People and the Planet

The Great Indoors - Creating a Nurturing Habitat for People and the Planet

Tuesday, 1 September 2020
1:00pm EDT / 10:00am PDT / 6:00pm BST / 7:00pm CEST
Sponsored By
Shaw Industries
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We’ve become an indoor species. So how do we create a nurturing new habitat? One designed for people and the planet. And what impacts will COVID have on our lives?

Even this far into the global pandemic, it’s still tough to predict what the new normal will be in the short-term and long-term. But our individual and shared experiences amid this crisis will inevitably shape how we work and live for the foreseeable future.

A number of questions are already arising about the spaces where we spend so much of our time: How do we reenvision our homes as full-time office, school, and living environments? How (or do) we return to in-office work environments? What’s the new expectation for cleanability? How do we balance a desire for intense disinfection with material health? How can we continue to ensure that ingredients have been evaluated for human health and environmental impacts to avoid unintended consequences? How can we each be thoughtful in our choices and make well-informed decisions that take into account potential human and environmental impacts?

What You Will Learn

This discussion will provide:

  • timely content based about trends that have been driving this shift toward a greater focus on human health and wellbeing within sustainability
  • the potential impacts of COVID-19 on that trajectory
  • perspectives from a range of organizations focused on this issue
  • strategies for helping create a nurturing habitat


Troy Virgo
Director of Sustainability
Shaw Industries

Troy Virgo is director of sustainability for global flooring manufacturer and supplier Shaw Industries Inc., headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, USA. Troy helps drive sustainability efforts across Shaw, with an emphasis on material chemistry and the creation of safe and healthy products. Troy also leads Shaw’s external engagements and partnerships on key sustainability topics in the residential retail, single family, and multifamily business channels.

Christina Raab
Vice President, Strategy & Development
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Christina Raab is the Vice President, Strategy & Development at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, where she is responsible for the growth, innovation, and impact initiatives of the Institute worldwide. In this role, Christina also leads strategic alliances and partnerships across key sectors of built environment, fashion, cosmetics, and packaging.

Shalini Ramesh,
Director, Commercial Team
International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

Shalini Ramesh is director of market solutions at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) where she brings her combined interests in building and environmental design and building physics to the Technical Solutions team. As a subject matter expert, she focuses on providing clear and comprehensive information to help clients meet the WELL Building Standard requirements.