By Allison Maynard, Communications Associate
Building on the success of 2014's first event at Google-Cambridge, the 2nd Annual New England Healthy Materials Summit is returning to Boston's ABX Conference on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015. The first Summit brought together 130+ businesses, institutions, designers, contractors, spec writers and manufacturers to discuss how they together could leverage their roles as makers of the built environment to elevate the “ecosystem” of “healthy” materials locally. This can be achieved through creating demand for “healthier” products by Owners, specifying competitive, “healthier” products as designers and by supplying demand as a manufacturer. The first Summit emphasized this through panel discussions by six industry experts: two non-profit experts (Health Product Declaration Collaborative and BuildingGreen), two manufacturers promoting supply chain optimization through disclosure (Forbo Flooring Systems and ASSA ABLOY) and two large institutions implementing practices promoting “healthy” materials (Harvard University and Dana Farber Cancer Institute).
After the first Summit's success, the steering committee decided to take the Summit to a larger, more diverse audience at ABX 2015 with a totally new agenda with new ideas, tool and practices emerging since 2014.This promises to be another exciting, unique event and one which is relevant for the area to all involved with the making of the built environment – particularly members in ABC's Challenge for Sustainability!