Associations & affiliates

Sustainable Minds works with affiliates to make our offerings readily available through multiple sources. We also collaborate with professional associations and NGOs to advance environmental sustainability through greener product development.

If your company serves designers, design engineers, product managers, product development directors, sustainability managers, marketers or executives in charge of greener product development; contact us about our Industry Sponsor, Affiliate and Reseller programs.


The Design and Sustainability Symposium, part of COFES, explores the intersection of design, simulation, and sustainability for the built (AEC) and manufactured environment. COFES is a unique gathering of individuals from companies representing a wide variety of industry sectors, each with significant interest in software used to design the world around us. The DaS Symposium exists within that community to focus on how design software can facilitate the visibility of sustainability issues at the design stage. Founding members of The DaS Symposium include Autodesk, Building Smart Alliance, CIFE, Cyon Research, Gensler, Phoenix Integration, PTC, Siemens, SolidWorks, and Sustainable Minds.

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is a chapter-based organization with more than 1,000 members, and 2,500 alumni based throughout North America. As technically-minded students and professionals, ESW works on forging lasting solutions to sustainability challenges through technical design projects and educational initiatives. Through a combination of chapter-based service learning projects, education on sustainability principles and design techniques, training on leadership and sustainable engineering skills, and a national community, ESW is helping to create the next generation of technical leaders for a more sustainable world. For more information, visit or email

Green Building Initiative (GBI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for commercial construction. Green Building Initiative developed Green Globes, a web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes an onsite assessment by a third party. Green Globes offers a streamlined and affordable alternative to LEED as a way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings.

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is a membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in how buildings are designed, built, and operated. USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, and works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.


Autodesk and Sustainable Minds are empowering companies to make more sustainable design decisions. To learn more about Autodesk's commitment to sustainable design, visit the Sustainable Design Center.

Chapas, Chinai & Associates provides consulting serves to the nonwovens industry in new product development, sustainability, and innovation. Their focus is the development of new and improved products based on expertise and experience in nonwovens, absorbent materials and products, biodegradable and renewable materials, adhesives, resins, composites, polymer technology, consumer and industrial disposable products, such as, wipes, filtration, and medical devices. Their capabilities include product design, data analysis from laboratory and consumer testing, raw material sourcing, sustainability and environmental conformance.

Elixir Environmental is a consulting company that promotes full product transparency by delivering Health Product Declarations (HPD), Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), and Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for the building product manufacturing industry. These documents offer manufacturers an unsurpassed level of transparency that can validate claims of a product's environmental performance, and can increase the chances of product specification for LEED projects.

INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens / engineered fabrics industry doing business globally. Since 1968, INDA networking events have helped members connect, innovate and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information visit