2014 BCGC Conference

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

8:30am - 6:30pm (PST)

The David Brower Center

2150 Allston Way

BerkeleyCA 94704

Below are PDFs of the slides from some of the presentations from this year's conference:

Keynote: Schettler [VIDEO] (A Case for Safer Building Materials: Lifecycle Concerns, Data Gaps, and Precautionary Decision-making)

Panel 1: Lochner (Safer Chemicals and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing)

Panel 1: Brukman (Health Product Declaration)

Panel 1: Sullens (Driving Safer Design with Information and Policy)

Panel 2: Mulvihill (Systems Approach to Greener Design)

Panel 2: Greener Solutions (Systems Approach to Greener Design)


Check out the videos linked below of short interviews of some of our panelists:

Insights from a Panelist - Ted Schettler [2:38]

Insights from a Panelist - Eden Brukman [3:19]

Insights from a Panelist - Wes Sullens [4:24]

Insights from a Panelist - Leah Rubin [3:11]


The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and USGBC-Northern California Chapter invite you to a one-day meeting on Feb 20th that will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with creating healthier building materials. This event will bring together the green chemistry and green building communities in the Bay Area to discuss the elements of design, green chemistry, and materials science that must intersect to create healthier buildings. Join us for a day of presentations, panel discussions, and a poster session as we build a community of practice to share tools and approaches, inspire new research and innovation, and foster interdisciplinary collaborations.




8:30am – 9:00am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am
Welcoming Remarks
9:15am – 10:00am
Opening Keynote: Ted Schettler, Science Environmental Health Network
10:00am – 10:30am
10:30am – 12:00pm
Panel 1: Driving Safer Design with Information and Policy
Moderator: Ken Geiser, University of Massachusetts Lowell
12:00pm – 1:15 pm
1:15pm – 2:45pm
Panelists: Graduate students present highlights from the UC Berkeley interdisciplinary project-based curriculum
2:45pm – 3:00pm
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Panel 3: Creating Healthier Buildings
Moderator: Ashley White, U.S. Green Building Council
Panelists: Julie Schoenung, University of California Davis; Phil Williams, Webcor; Jeff Davis, U.S. Concrete; Kirsten Ritchie, Gensler; Vincent Digneo, Adobe
4:30pm – 5:15pm
How Healthier Buildings will Impact the Building Industry
5:15pm – 6:30pm
Reception and Poster Session