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Issues of Controversy in Green Building Policy - Webinar Series

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As part of our policy efforts, the Institute has partnered with Greenwash Action to develop a suite of advocacy trainings for our global network. Together we invite you to take part in a series of webinars that lay the foundation for your local policy efforts by exploring three hot topics in the advocacy world:

January 26th, 9-10am PST: Certified Wood & Green Building – Certified wood and forest certification have long been lightning rods in the green building advocacy arena. In this webinar, we will examine the big picture of forestry and timber production and provide an overview of forest certification, examining the history of and the key differences between the main competitors in forest certification, FSC and SFI. We will explore how each of these certifications is considered within various certification programs, including the Living Building Challenge, LEED and Green Globes. This webinar will also discuss the potential impact of burgeoning interest in cross-laminated timber production with a particular emphasis on the Cascadia bioregion.

January 28th, 9-10am: You Are What You Breathe: Taking Action on Chemicals of Concern – One of the most important trends in green building in recent years has been growing market demand for transparency and avoidance of toxic chemicals in building materials. This webinar will provide a primer on chemicals of concern in the built environment, an overview of the tools that are driving the development of healthier building materials and will contrast the approaches of Living Building Challenge, LEED and Green Globes to this important issue. We will also explore how webinar participants can play a role in inspiring increased uptake of healthy materials through specification, contracts and other advocacy tools.

February 2nd, 9-10am: Life Cycle Assessment & Environmental Product Declarations: What You Need to Know – Along with Declare, Health Product Declarations and other tools for addressing chemicals of concern, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are viewed by many in the green building community as critical market drivers toward greater transparency about and mitigation of the environmental impacts of buildings and building materials. And yet the limitations of LCA tools, which fail to address important impacts like human health, ecological damage, and biodiversity loss, are imperfectly understood, and in some cases are being exploited by industries whose impacts are concealed rather than revealed by LCA. This program will explore the promise and pitfalls of LCA and EPDs, compare how the Living Building Challenge, Living Product Challenge, LEED and Green Globes address them and examine related advocacy opportunities.

Continuing Education

Each of these webinars is worth 1 hour GBCI, AIA, and LFA credit.

Speaker Bios

Jason Grant, LEED AP (BD+C)

Director, Greenwash Action

Jason Grant is the Director of Greenwash Action, an initiative of the Sierra Club Forest Certification & Green Building Team whose mission is to promote leadership and challenge greenwashing in the green building sector. Beyond his advocacy, Jason is the principal of a consultancy, Jason Grant Consulting. He is a recognized expert in ecological forest products and the role of wood in green building. Early in his career, he co-founded EcoTimber, one of the first companies in the world to bring to market products from forests certified to the stringent environmental and social standards of the Forest Stewardship Council.

Stacia Miller, LEED Green Associate

Global Policy & Advocacy Manager, International Living Future Institute

Stacia Miller is a policy and engagement specialist with a focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Prior to joining the Institute, Stacia's work took her to England for 8 years where she worked for the UK Environment Agency. While overseas she earned an environmental policy Master's degree from King's College London, established best practice for engaging communities on coastal change and was invited to present at UNESCO in France. Stacia is a trained facilitator with management experience across diverse industries. Her international experience inspires her continued leadership of communities, businesses, non-profits and government across North America and around the world to take action on climate change and achieve true sustainability.

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