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

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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

Creating SM Transparency Reports using any PCR

By Sustainable Minds on November 17, 2015

Recorded Thur, Nov 12 | 2pm ET/11am PT

Liberating manufacturers from having only one EPD option: a technical disclosure

Our compatibility process enables manufacturers to create SM Transparency Reports, our brand of EPD, using any PCR in any industry ensuring the LCA rules are the same, only the Type III environmental declaration is different.

SM Transparency Reports are strategic marketing tools that showcase both functional and environmental performance in a concise, easy to understand format for decision-makers to make informed greener purchase decisions.

  1. They describe what manufacturers are actually doing to make products greener.
  2. Add material assessment results & interpretation for comprehensive reporting.
  3. They're in the cloud, freely available and in one click, connect buyers and sellers.

Leverage your investments in product transparency and help your customers earn LEED v4 credits by making LCA, environmental performance & material health information understandable and meaningful.

The SM Material Health Overview – The Launch | Green Circle Certified and Clean Production Action

By Sustainable Minds on October 18, 2015

Partner Webcast Series, Fourth of 4
Recorded Tues, Oct 13 | 2pm ET/11am PT

Join Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds Founder & CEO, Annie Bevan, Certification & Operations Manager at Green Circle and Mark Rossi, Interim Executive Director at Clean Production Action to learn about the differences and benefits of the material health evaluation programs and how the Manufacturer Inventory and Green Circle Certified LEED v4 compliant certification can help manufacturers meet their material transparency needs.

Learn about each program's differences and benefits and how assessment results can:

  • Help make better PRODUCT design decisions
  • Help make better PROJECT design decisions
  • Be used to create an MHO to transform disclosure into brand value by integrating product transparency into product marketing and value by integrating product transparency into product marketing

The webinar will also help you to:

Webcast: The SM Material Health Overview – The Launch | Standardizing material health reporting to drive healthier building product purchase decisions

By Sustainable Minds on October 18, 2015

Partner Webcast Series, Third of 4
Recorded Tues, Oct 6 | 2pm ET/11am PT

Join Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds Founder & CEO and Stacy Glass, VP of Built Environment at Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to learn about the differences and benefits of the material health evaluation programs and how Cradle to Cradle product certification and Material Health Certificate can:

  1. Help manufacturers understand the disclosure and rating system options, the differences and benefits of the various material health evaluation programs and how to choose what's is right for them.

  2. Introduce the SM Material Health Overview, the next in our suite of Transparency Products. The MHO is an innovative cloud-based marketing tool that makes material evaluation data understandable and meaningful by distilling the essential technical information from a disclosure and describing in plain language what it means and what the manufacturer is doing to improve.

Webcast: The SM Material Health Overview – The Launch | International Living Future Institute

By Sustainable Minds on October 6, 2015

Partner Webcast Series, Second of 4
Recorded Thur, Sept 24 | 2pm ET/11am PT

Join Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds Founder & CEO and James Connelly, Director of the Living Product Challenge at the International Living Future Institute to learn about the differences and benefits of the material health evaluation programs and how Declare label can:

  • Help manufacturers make better PRODUCT design decisions
  • Help AEC professionals make better PROJECT design decisions
  • Be used to create a Material Health Overview to transform disclosure into brand value by integrating product transparency into product marketing.

Also, Kristen Girts, Assoc. Quality Engineer at TOTO USA will discuss her process and experience of doing LCA and material health evaluation concurrently.

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Webcast: The SM Material Health Overview – The Launch | Health Product Declaration (HPDC)

By Sustainable Minds on October 6, 2015

Partner Webcast Series, First of 4
Recorded Thur, Sept 24 | 2pm ET/11am PT

Join Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds Founder & CEO and Wendy Vittori, HPDC Executive Director to learn about the differences and benefits of the material health evaluation programs and how HPD results can:

  • Help manufacturers make better PRODUCT design decisions
  • Help AEC professionals make better PROJECT design decisions
  • Be used to create a Material Health Overview to transform disclosure into brand value by integrating product transparency into product marketing.

Sustainable Minds, the first cloud software provider and program operator to focus on simplified and understandable environmental reporting, has introduced the SM Material Health Overview (MHO) — the next in its suite of Transparency Products.

Webcast: Creating Knowledge Workers for the Greener Product Marketplace, Part 10: Making Scalable Solutions

By Sustainable Minds on June 26, 2015

On May 28th, we held the tenth in a series of webcasts featuring educators from leading colleges and universities demonstrating how Sustainable Minds is being used in education. Modeling product concepts is the start of a journey to scaling production. Environmental performance can be included every step of the way. Learn from educators with diverse backgrounds, how they are working with students to advance and inform product design through life cycle thinking. They will share how they use Sustainable Minds to engage students in the essential conversation about measuring and interpreting results.

Introducing 2015 SM Transparency Report™ Framework & Program From ‘disclosure’ to brand value: Integrating product transparency into product marketing

By Sustainable Minds on March 11, 2015

Webcast recorded Tues, March 10, 2pm ET/11am PT

Our intent this year is to shift mindsets and offer product manufacturers more ways to leverage their product transparency investments to create business value. Thus, our theme is: From ‘disclosure’ to brand value: Integrating product transparency into product marketing.

Webcast recording: Integrating Environmental Performance and Material Health Reporting

By Sustainable Minds on February 17, 2015

PARTNER SERIES WEBCAST
Recorded Tues, February 17 | 2pm ET/11am PT

Reporting environmental performance AND/OR material health of products is rapidly becoming a specification requirement for LEED v4 projects. Manufacturers are trying to determine:

  • which type of reporting to do first;
  • whether to do both; and
  • the value of providing this information at all.