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{Past Event} - How To Series: Healthy Materials: Design & Construction

December 12, 2008 - 1:00 pm - December 12, 2008 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Studies have shown that building materials, particularly interior finishes and furnishings, can contribute to poor indoor environmental quality by emitting substances harmful to human health such as formaldehyde and phthalates. This webinar will review real-time monitoring data collected by the California Department of Public Health showing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from cleaners, paints, and adhesives. Two additional presentations will outline best practices for specifying healthy, environmentally preferable furniture, fabrics, and building materials.


  • Recognize and understand basic information about the key environmental toxicants in furniture and furnishings, including emerging chemicals of concern in health care building materials;
  • Identify resources for alternatives to some of the toxic chemicals that are currently on the market; and
  • Learn about current and upcoming standards and tools that govern furniture and furnishings, such as BIFMA, ACT, MBDC, and Pharos.
  • Learn about existing sources for finding green materials
  • Use 2 case studies to learn about current methods of selecting “greenest” materials
  • Understand philosophy behind identifying and prioritizing criteria to create your own tool for selecting “green” materials


Toni Stein, Dept. of General Svcs, State of California
Telephone: (916) 375-4460
Dr. Antoinette Stein is an Associate Procurement Engineer for the State of California’s Procurement Division in its Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program. Her work includes building partnerships with stakeholders to buy the most “green” products available. Dr. Stein is a member of two of the Governor’s Green Action Team Task Forces. She chair’s the Indoor Environmental Quality sub-committee for the Technical Advisory Committee of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). Dr. Stein is the principal author of the 2008 California IAQ Furniture Specification for the State of California. Before joining the State Dr. Stein completed her post doctoral studies at the University of California Irvine/Davis researching electronic waste, toxics, and associated public policy options. Her PhD is from the University of Cincinnati in Air Quality Control where she focused on pollution mitigation strategies for electric power generation. Stein worked at General Electric Corporation in R&D for 7 years. She holds 6 US Patent’s in protective coatings technologies and has been active in her community. Dr. Stein co-founded the Zero Waste Task Force of San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Benito County a project of the non-profit Acterra.

Jean Hansen, HDR Architecture
Jean Hansen, FIIDA, CID, LEED AP, AAHID is the Sustainable Interiors Manager for HDR Architecture nationwide. She is based in San Francisco, California and is a 25+ year industry veteran. Hansen is responsible for advancing HDR’s sustainability initiatives in project and research work for healthcare, commercial and institutional environments. Hansen is a Certified Interior Designer and past Chapter President of IIDA (International Interior Design Association) for the Northern California Chapter and a current board member and secretary of the USGBC Northern California Chapter. Hansen has been involved in the development of the Green Guide for Healthcare and a core committee member for LEED for Healthcare. Hansen led a team in the development of an USGBC LEED for New Construction (NC) Pilot Portfolio Program for Wells Fargo Bank in 26 states. She is also a BIFMA joint committee member developing sustainable furniture and textiles (respectively) standards for NSF/ANSI. Hansen serves on Kaiser Permanente’s High Performance Building Committee, working on market transformation and materials evaluation for interior use in health care facilities since 2000. In October 2007 Healthy Building Network and Health Care Without Harm published “The Future of Fabric,” a white paper she co-authored on fabrics as they are used in contemporary healthcare settings.

Julie Silas, Healthy Building Network
Julie Silas is the Director of Health Care Projects for the Healthy Building Network. Ms. Silas joined HBN in 2007 after serving for many years as the Program Director for SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility where she earned high regard as an expert in the field of environmental health and environmentally preferable purchasing criteria. She works with leading health care systems throughout the country, facilitates the Global Health and Safety Initiative’s Building Materials Subcommittee, and is a consultant to a number of health care systems on green building materials projects. She is a member of Kaiser Permanente’s High Performance Building Committee and has co-authored a number of fact sheets and white papers on materials used in health care, including the “Future of Fabric.” She was formally a Steering Committee member of Health Care Without Harm and co-chair of their Safer Materials workgroup.

Suzanne Drake, Anshen + Allen
Ms. Drake has worked with Anshen+Allen for 3 years concentrating on interior design for healthcare projects and has worked on all phases from programming through construction administration and furniture installation. Ms. Drake offers extensive technical expertise on interior architecture system components and finishes, with a focus on sustainable materials. Prior to joining Anshen+Allen, Ms. Drake designed healthcare interiors in the Southeast for 10 years, with similar experience in all phases of project work.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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