Perspectives on greener product development and manufacturing from Sustainable Minds, our partners, customers and contributors.

Transparency is the New Green

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Bringing product transparency to the mainstream in 2018 – AECs' webinar

By Sustainable Minds on February 1, 2018

Recorded Tue, Jan 30, 2–3pm ET | 11–12pm PT

Avitru (formerly ARCOM) and Sustainable Minds are making it easier for building professionals, and your employees & partners to find, understand, select and specify products to construct higher-performing, greener & healthier buildings – all in one place.The result will have a tremendous impact on how decisions about building products get made.

In this special introductory webinar, we will give a tour of the SM Transparency Catalog and discuss how the cloud-based platforms of Avitru and Sustainable Minds will work together to provide credible and complete product transparency information.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Bringing product transparency to the mainstream in 2018 – Manufacturers' webinar

By Sustainable Minds on February 1, 2018

Recorded Wed, Jan 31, 2–3pm ET | 11–12pm PT

Avitru (formerly ARCOM) and Sustainable Minds are making it easier for building professionals, and your employees & partners to find, understand, select and specify products to construct higher-performing, greener & healthier buildings – all in one place.The result will have a tremendous impact on how decisions about building products get made.

In this special introductory webinar, we will give a tour of the SM Transparency Catalog and discuss how the cloud-based platforms of Avitru and Sustainable Minds will work together to provide credible and complete product transparency information.

Education Webinar Series: It's ready! Announcing new guidance for creating product group benchmarks to make EPDs comparable

By Sustainable Minds on December 22, 2017

Recorded Dec 19 | Tues, 2–3pm ET / 11am PT

To all industry associations, manufacturers and building professionals,

Finally, a standardized way to make EPDs comparable.
This new document provides detailed guidelines, process examples and tools for creating a Benchmarking Addendum to a PCR. The addendum includes not only the additional rules needed to create an industry-wide EPD for use as a credible product group benchmark; it also includes how manufacturers can use it to make comparative claims.

Transparency is the New Green, Part 7: NEW Project Builder / Configurator & Library

By Sustainable Minds on December 21, 2017

Recorded Monday, December 18 | 2pm ET

Sustainable Minds and Knauf are leading the way making product transparency understandable AND actionable with this new solution. Now, all in one place, get quick access to transparency documents (EPDs, HPDs, Declare labels), learn what Knauf is doing to make its higher performing, greener & healthier products – and easily select, configure and specify to get them into your green building projects.

Project Builder / Configurator & Library makes product transparency understandable AND actionable.

By Sustainable Minds on November 19, 2017

Special launch webinar | recorded Thurs, November 16 | 2pm ET

In response to the most urgent product transparency challenges:

  • the need for product transparency education across the industry
  • the ease of finding products with credible transparency information
  • the ability for manufacturers to demonstrate an ROI

CUSTOMER STORY WEBCAST SERIES: Transparency is the New Green, in Healthy, High Performance Schools Part 6: Armstrong Ceilings, Stego Industries & CHPS

By Sustainable Minds on October 30, 2017

Webinar recorded Thu, Oct 26 @ 2pm ET

Welcome to our customer webcast series featuring building product manufacturers making credibly greener & healthier products. Learn how they are working to understand and improve the environmental performance and material health of their products.

CUSTOMER STORY WEBCAST SERIES: Transparency is the New Green, in Healthy, High Performance Schools Part 5: Carnegie Fabrics & CHPS

By Sustainable Minds on August 15, 2017

Webinar recorded Thu, Aug 10 @ 2pm ET

Welcome to our customer webcast series featuring building product manufacturers making credibly greener & healthier products. Learn how they are working to understand and improve the environmental performance and material health of their products.

Join us to learn about:

  • Which products have disclosures and why
  • What they learned from creating disclosures
  • What they've been doing to improve
  • How to use product transparency information to make better informed specification decisions

CUSTOMER STORY WEBCAST SERIES: Transparency is the New Green, Part 4: Valspar & Inpro

By Sustainable Minds on July 14, 2017

Webinar recorded Tues, July 11 @ 2pm ET

Welcome to our customer webcast series featuring building product manufacturers making credibly greener & healthier products. Learn how they are working to understand and improve the environmental performance and material health of their products.

Visit their SM Transparency Catalog listings:

CUSTOMER STORY WEBCAST SERIES: Transparency is the New Green, in Healthy, High Performance Schools, Part 3: Tarkett & CHPS

By Sustainable Minds on April 3, 2017

Webinar recorded Tuesday, March 28 | 2–3pm ET
Learn about Tarkett's healthy products & how the SM/CHPS partnership benefits manufacturers and AECs.

Now find more than 800 products from all three Tarkett North American brands in the SM Transparency Catalog – all in one place. Read the press release >

The SM/CHPS partnership promotes the use of products with environmental and material health disclosures in K-12 educational facilities. We invite manufacturers to list their products in the SM Transparency Catalog.

Webinar: Partnership with Collaborative for High Performance Schools to promote product transparency in healthy, high-performance schools

By Sustainable Minds on February 6, 2017

Webinar recorded Thu, Feb 2 @ 2pm ET

Learn more about the SM/CHPS partnership along with Ecore International, CHPS member and SM Transparency Catalog customer.

SM and CHPS announce a partnership to promote the use of products with environmental and material health disclosures in K-12 educational facilities.

CHPS is a leading national organization working to improve student performance by building the best possible schools, incorporating integrated design, sustainable products, and leading construction practices. Sustainable Minds is the first cloud software solutions provider and program operator to deliver simple, understandable and meaningful product environmental reporting.