LA | Material Health Summit: Beyond the Tipping Point

Friday, October 07, 2016 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm PDT
​958 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015

Greenbuild L.A. Material Health Summit
Material Health Summit: Beyond the Tipping Point
Friday,  October 7th, 1:30pm -4:00pm
BOLD Room 
958 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90015

Question: What do you get when you combine the most forward-thinking leaders on material health, a great venue in L.A., great food and drink, and a series of “what if?” conversations facilitated to generate fresh collisions of ideas?

Answer: The Greenbuild L.A. Material Health Summit.

Material Health Summit Tickets:

Designers are now commonly requesting transparency data from manufacturers through Declare, HPDs and other platforms and manufacturers are not only listening but also reformulating their products. The growth of these platforms is rapidly driving down the cost of Living Building Challenge Materials Petal certification and reducing the time and effort to achieve aligned credits in LEED v4 and WELL. We have clearly crossed a tipping point and the building products industry will never be the same.
However, challenges remain:


  • Rigorous attention to materials selection is still perceived as an added cost that’s only feasible for some projects, and not enough practitioners have the skills and experience for this work to be done at scale.
  • Designers and manufacturers remain reluctant partners at best, and adversaries at worst, slowing change.
  • The risk-averse building industry continues to reward status-quo products and materials.
  • Many of the biggest challenges we face, such as carbon-neutral or carbon-sequestering building materials, remain unsolved. 

Leave Greenbuild energized and inspired by joining us for this fast paced, interactive and engaging summit. We’ll set the stage with 5-minute presentations on key topics from industry leaders. But the heart of the event will be mixing and mingling with leaders and other forward thinking attendees as we engage in lightly facilitated conversations designed to bring forward fresh solutions and collaborative opportunities. We’ll take time to enjoy the best food and drink that L.A. has to offer while debriefing on Greenbuild highlights and plotting the movement’s agenda for 2017.

Topics to be covered include: Transparency and Open Data, Carbon Take Back, Program Alignment between LEED Well and LBC, next Generation Bio-Based and Grown Materials, Strategies for Achieving LBC, and others as determined by attendees.

This unique event will be held in the BOLD Room in Downtown LA just minutes walk from the convention center and closing keynote.


James Connelly, Director, Living Product Challenge
Tristan Roberts, Executive Editor, Building Green

Aligning Tools and Programs
Sam Wright, Manager, Living Building Challenge
Sara Cederberg, Technical Director LEED, USGBC
Janna Wandzilak, Senior Analyst, Delos
Leveraging Technology to Scale Impact:

Wendy Vittori, Executive Director, Health Product Declaration Collaborative

Tom Lent, Policy Director, Healthy Building Network
Charley Stevenson, Principal, Integrated Eco-Strategy
Envisioning the Future of Materials and Manufacturing
Lindsay James, Vice President of Restorative Enterprise, Interface 
Brad Khan, Communication Director, Forest Stewardship Council
Tristan Roberts, Executive Editor, BuildingGreen

Learning objectives

  1. Understanding the human and environmental health impact of our material choices

  2. Outline the alignment between LBC, LEED and WELL

  3. Explore case studies and practical examples of implementing healthy materials in your next project.

  4.  Analyze how new open source data tools that are catalyzing change in the industry.

Special thanks to BuildingGreen for their partnership: 


Check out our full list of Greenbuild 2016 offerings.