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

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Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification, Part 15: National Gypsum & FLEXCO

By Sustainable Minds on June 25, 2020

Recorded Tue, Jun 23, 2–3pm ET

Welcome to our webinar series featuring building product MFRs making credibly greener & healthier products. Whether you're a MFR or an AECO you'll find value in hearing these product and marketing leaders share stories about their transparency journeys, strategies and innovations.

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification, Part 14: Intl. Cellulose, ISE Logik & Unilock

By Sustainable Minds on May 19, 2020

Recorded Thu, May 14, 12–1pm ET

Welcome to our webinar series featuring building product MFRs making credibly greener & healthier products. Whether you're a MFR or an AECO you'll find value in hearing these product and marketing leaders share stories about their transparency journeys, strategies and innovations.

Join us to learn about

  • Which products have disclosures; what they learned and been doing to improve
  • Project & application stories
  • Using product transparency to make better informed specification decisions
  • How to use the Transparency Catalog – Do more in 1 click!

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Using the EC3 tool & Transparency Catalog to make lower embodied carbon decisions

By Sustainable Minds on April 8, 2020

Recorded Thu, Apr 2, 2–3pm ET

Using EPDs to make decisions about which products have better environmental performance isn't simple, but now there’s the EC3 tool.

Since going live at Greenbuild 2019, 5,000+ people have signed up for Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) accounts! The EC3 tool is a collaborative, open-source industry-led sustainability platform that helps professionals make better decisions about embodied carbon in construction, and enables supply chain accountability.

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator Tool methodology: Not just what, but why? Not just how, but how big can the impact be?

By Sustainable Minds on November 18, 2019

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool methodology takes several bold steps to use what program operators, LCA providers and manufacturers have worked very hard to produce. Product category rules (PCRs) using different parameters to define product categories or groups; inconsistent content and data in an environmental product declaration (EPD), and PDF delivery in non-standardized layouts all make it very complicated to machine read and digitize to put today’s available data to use. Notwithstanding, this methodology delivers, for the first time, a scalable way to compare a single product’s embodied carbon impacts to all other similar products in a category.

Join us to meet experts on embodied carbon & EPDs @ our Greenbuild booth talks

By Sustainable Minds on November 18, 2019

We’re excited to be announcing several important new partners. Sign up for booth talks.

Sustainable Minds offers the opportunity for demos and discussion F2F with the people doing the work! If you're in Atlanta, come to Booth #1713 to learn from our partners.
Check out the schedule and RSVP >

Transparency is the New Green in Product Selection and Specification: Using EPDs to create actionable information about embodied carbon in construction

By Sustainable Minds on September 13, 2019

Recorded Tue, Sep 10, 12–1pm ET

Using EPDs to make decisions about which products actually have better environmental performance isn't simple. Introducing the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool.

The EC3 tool is a collaborative, open-source industry-led sustainability platform that helps professionals make better decisions about embodied carbon in construction, and enables supply chain accountability. The EC3 tool is part of an integrated ecosystem of data, tools and knowledge that empowers, informs and inspires low carbon solutions. The EC3 tool is set for formal release in the fall of 2019.

Sustainable Minds Announces Transparency Catalog v2.1: Now with all Health Product Declarations® (HPD) AND all environmental product declarations (EPD) for building products in North America, with powerful MasterFormat® filtering

By Sustainable Minds on August 13, 2019

HPDs and EPDs increasingly becoming specification requirements for greener and healthier high-performance buildings

Cambridge, MA, Aug 13, 2019 – Sustainable Minds today announced the availability of the Transparency Catalog v2.1, continuing the company’s commitment to deliver simple, easy to use and powerful tools. With this release, architecture, engineering, construction professionals and owners (AECOs) can now find all manufacturers and the published Health Product Declarations® (HPDs) for their products in each CSI MasterFormat® division and section – in 1 click.

The Transparency Catalog now includes access to all v2.0, 2.1 and 2.1.1 HPDs — a total of 3,175 from 332 manufacturers in 18 MasterFormat (MF) divisions adding ~195 more sections to the Catalog across divisions 03 Concrete, 04 Masonry, 07 Thermal and Moisture Protection, 09 Finishes and 12 Furnishings.

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.

SM Transparency Catalog DEMO: The Educational Marketing Platform for Product Transparency

By Sustainable Minds on June 30, 2017

Find, understand, learn, share, reward...change.

NEW release! 500+ brands, 1000s of products and growing.

Announcing SM v3.0 – New data, your data, Branded Data

By Sustainable Minds on May 14, 2013

Thank you for making Sustainable Minds the #1 Cloud LCA software for greener product innovation – now used in 600 locations in 60 countries. We are excited to bring you SM v3.0.

Sustainable Minds’ easy-to-use, standardized Life Cycle Assessment solution makes it possible for manufacturers across the value chain – large and small – to dynamically evaluate, compare and improve their products' environmental performance by integrating life cycle thinking and LCA into their product development processes. The company has been recognized by Gartner® in its 2013 Cool Vendor Report, in Product Design and Life Cycle Management, as 'innovative, impactful and intriguing.'

Now with SM v3.0, Sustainable Minds can partner with manufacturers to get visibility for your brand and make your product data available to manufacturers, consultancies, educators & students worldwide.