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.

Associations

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization that educates and empowers manufacturers of consumer products to become a positive force for society and the environment, helping to bring about a new industrial revolution.

The Institute administers the Material Health Certificate (MHC), a certification awarded to products assessed on chemical hazard identification and qualitative exposure considerations during its final manufacture, use and end-of-use. The MHC uses the acclaimed material health assessment methodology of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard to provide manufacturers with a trusted way to communicate their work towards chemically optimized products.

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 www.eswusa.org or email info@eswusa.org.

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 The Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Collaborative is a customer-led organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s performance through transparency, openness and innovation in the product supply chain. The HPD Collaborative created, supports and evolves the Health Product Declaration (HPD), an open standard format for the accurate reporting of material contents and potential health hazards.

The International Living Future Institute is a non-profit organization that supports the green building movement and has substantially raised the bar for true sustainability. The ILFI administers the Living Building Challenge™, an international sustainable building, philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that promotes the most advanced measurement of sustainability in the built environment. The Institute also administers Declare program and labels. Declare labels are issued to products disclosing ingredient inventory, sourcing and end of life options. The Declare product database and labels are used to select products that meet the LBC’s stringent materials requirements, streamlining the materials specification and certification process.

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.

Affiliates

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.

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.

GreenCircle Certified was established to ensure specificity in third-party certification after encountering many unsubstantiated claims in the marketplace. GreenCircle’s rigorous evaluation process provides independent verification that claims of sustainable aspects of products and operations are valid. Manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, occupants, and consumers can be assured that products labeled with the GreenCircle Certified mark have been thoroughly assessed and their claims verified to applicable standards.

GreenScreen/Clean Production Action and GreenCircle have partnered to streamline the process of earning the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients credits in LEED v4 using GreenSreen methods. GreenCircle’s LEED v4 Compliance third-party certification will be used on Manufacturer Inventories and Optimization Statements of Disclosure to help the A&D community and GBCI reviewers locate products eligible for LEED v4.