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WEBINAR: GreenCE, Elixir Environmental, Sustainable Minds: Product Transparency and Specification – A Guide

By Sustainable Minds on September 11, 2018

Recorded Mon, Sep 10, 2018 12 – 12:30pm EDT
Presenters: Terry Swack, CEO, Sustainable Minds
Tara Blank, Founder, Elixir Environmental

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Environmental impact and material health are performance criteria, now part of ‘high performance’ building. Specification decisions for green building projects are increasingly being made based on whether or not products have transparency documentation.

Transparency is the New Green In Product Selection and Specification: Sales enablement solutions for today's urgent product transparency challenges

By Sustainable Minds on August 22, 2018

Recorded Thurs, Aug 16 | 2pm ET, 11am PT

As you likely know, the challenges facing the mainstreaming of product transparency are complex. As such, solutions must be designed from a deep understanding of the entire process – disclosure creation, sales, marketing and specification – and for all users in the process.

We are extremely proud to be a 2018 Cleantech Open national sponsor.

By Sustainable Minds on July 16, 2018

As an in-kind sponsor, Sustainable Minds is offering a free 6-month subscription to its SM Eco-concept + LCA software for all members of the 2018 CTO cohort.

https://cleantechopen.org/en/page/national-sponsors-en

We kicked things off with the webinar: “Hands-on Training in Life Cycle Thinking & LCA for Cleantech Entrepreneurs.” The webinar provided an introduction to life cycle thinking and LCA and how to use the software in early stage product development to make informed trade-off decisions that can dramatically reduce impacts and drive innovation — in products, business models and systems.

Avitru & Sustainable Minds Mainstream Product Transparency

By Sustainable Minds on January 10, 2018

Avitru and Sustainable Minds are making it easier for architects and engineers to find, understand, select and specify products to construct higher-performing, greener & healthier buildings.

Announced at Greenbuild 2017, and generally available during the first half of 2018, this partnership connects Avitru and Sustainable Minds so architects, engineers and contractors (AECs) can access the information they need – in one place.

Knauf Insulation North America Partners with Sustainable Minds to Make Product Transparency Understandable and Actionable

By Sustainable Minds on November 12, 2017

Knauf Insulation North America is the first fiberglass insulation manufacturer to provide comprehensive environmental and material disclosures all in one place with Sustainable Minds Transparency Reports and Material Health Overviews

Shelbyville, Ind. (November 9, 2017) – Knauf Insulation North America (KINA) is simplifying the process of researching and specifying building products that meet today’s most stringent green building rating systems through an innovative partnership with Sustainable Minds (SM).

Introducing the North American PCR Catalog, v1.0

By Sustainable Minds on August 18, 2016

Take a look! Is there an expiring PCR in your industry or one you’d like to create?

Sustainable Minds created the North American PCR Catalog for 2 reasons:

Modular product transparency – have it your way. Part 2: Material ingredient reporting

By Sustainable Minds on February 16, 2016

Recorded Feb 12, 2016 - Part 2 of a 2-part webcast series:
Modular product transparency – have it your way.
From ‘disclosure’ to brand value: Integrating product transparency into product marketing. Watch part 1 >

ECOS Paints first in coatings industry to create SM Material Health Overviews™ (MHO) combining Health Product Declaration (HPDs) AND Declare label data to credibly tell safer and healthier products stories.

“Architects, specifiers and owners are increasingly demanding sustainable building materials with full ingredient transparency. As the first in the coatings industry to fulfill this need by publishing Declare labels and HPDs, and we are proud to be the first to produce MHOs. They present material health information in a standardized format which allows users to easily find the information they need." – Julian Crawford, ECOS Paints CEO

Modular product transparency – have it your way. Part 1: Environmental performance reporting

By Sustainable Minds on February 15, 2016

Recorded Feb 10, 2016 - Part 1 of a 2-part webcast series:
Modular product transparency – have it your way.
From ‘disclosure’ to brand value: Integrating product transparency into product marketing. Watch part 2 >

Introducing the first SM Transparency Report™ (EPD) compliant with BOTH UL Environment Parts A & B for Sanitary Ceramics and USGBC Enhanced EPD: Requirements for Product Category Rules

Modular product transparency means easily assembling an SM Transparency Report™ to include all the information you want to provide

  • Environmental performance (LCA)
  • Water footprint
  • Carbon footprint
  • Material evaluation

Compliant with ANY international standard, PCR or guidance document; using data and results from material evaluation programs

SM named Smart Innovator in Verdantix Product Stewardship Solutions report

By Sustainable Minds on January 18, 2016

Sustainable Minds was featured as a provider of voluntary product stewardship solutions (vs. compliance-based solutions) along with 7 other companies including industry staples PRé Sustainability, Quantis International and thinkstep.

Verdantix defines a product stewardship solution as: “Software and services that enable firms to identify, report, manage and minimize the negative environmental, health and safety impacts associated with the manufacture, composition, distribution, use and disposal of a physical product for the purpose of meeting compliance requirements and supporting voluntary action.”

They further define voluntary product stewardship as focusing mainly on LCA and ecodesign, which are necessary to long-term global sustainability. Verdantix finds the solutions in this space tackle challenges including:

First Program Operator Consortium Launched for Environmental Product Declarations Market at Greenbuild 2015

By Sustainable Minds on November 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2015 — On Wednesday, four key green-building stakeholder organizations (ASTM International, ICC Evaluation Service, NSF International and Sustainable Minds) will launch the first Program Operator Consortium in the industry. The signing will take place at Greenbuild 2015 at the ASTM International booth (#3313) at 10:30 a.m.

The consortium will serve as an expert resource and advocate for creating product category rules (PCRs), reviewing life cycle assessment (LCA) reports, and verifying and publishing environmental product declarations (EPDs). The consortium members will pool resources, leverage existing relationships, jointly conduct outreach, marketing, education and communications, and promote the overall use of PCRs, LCAs and EPDs in the marketplace.

Manufacturers, design professionals and others will begin to see co-branded, verified EPDs from the consortium members, providing value to decision makers when specifying materials and products while helping manufacturers gain greater visibility for their product transparency work.