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?
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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 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 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.