Product Selection and Design that Prioritize People and Planet

Bergen Hubert Presenter
Manager, Built Environment
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
On-Demand Lightning Talk 


Green and healthy buildings require selecting products that are safe for humans and the environment. As we transition from our current take-make-waste linear systems into models that enable greater cycling of resources, we need to understand more about these products, what they're made of, and their potential impact when reprocessed. This session provides practical guidance and frameworks for making responsible product and design decisions based on core principles of material health and environmental protection.

Among these resources, attendees will learn how the new Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard v4 ensures chemicals and materials used in products are selected to prioritize the protection of human health and the environment. They will learn how Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) 2.2 is helping in reducing exposure impacts for building occupants and the environment through credits like OP 13: Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing, OP 3: Building Design and Construction, and OP 4: Building Operations and Maintenance. Attendees will also hear real-world examples of successful integration of safe and circular materials into institutional design and product purchasing.

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Session Level

Intermediate Level

Intended Audience

Businesses and Community
Graduate Students or Above
Other Staff
Sustainability Staff
Undergraduate Students