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Shaw Contract Celebrates World Green Building Week 2016

This week Shaw Contract is celebrating World Green Building Week, a flagship event of the global green building movement – organized by the World Green Building Council and led by its network of 74 Green Building Councils and their 27,000 member companies.

The week raises awareness of green buildings around the world, highlighting how they are the most effective means to achieving a range of environmental, social and economic goals, from addressing climate change to creating sustainable homes, businesses and communities – better places for people to live, work and play.

 
 
 
 
 

During the week, Shaw Contract is partnering with the member countries of the World Green Building Council to get the word out on the impact of buildings on the environment. Check out our social campaign and please help us spread the word about green building!

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Everything Matters. What Matters to You?

The Mixology16 award ceremony and summer ball, which recognizes innovation within the UK’s dynamic interior design community, recently took place in London. More than 1,100 guests attended the event, which lives up to the bill of being the region’s most anticipated industry event of the year.

The prestigious Mix Interiors Awards were handed over to the ground breakers and boundary-pushers within the region’s interiors sector – recognizing the most influential people and companies. Shaw Contract is honored to be a part of this esteemed group of companies, winning the Mixology16 Award in the Environmental & Sustainability category for the ‘Everything Matters’ campaign. This award was presented to Shaw Contract for having the most positive environmental and social impact throughout the year.

Andrew Jackson, Marketing Director EMEA at Shaw Contract comments: “Launched this year, the ‘Everything Matters’ campaign demonstrates Shaw’s on-going support and commitment for implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy across product certification and manufacturing operations.
The Mixology16 Award is a testimony to the sustainability philosophy that permeates throughout our entire company, and to our environmental responsibility to both its clients and the wider community.”

Shaw Contract designs products that empower our clients to create safe, sustainable, enduring spaces. By adhering to Cradle to Cradle design principles, our goal is not to do less bad, but to do more good. We don’t focus on just one attribute, because this doesn’t help our clients or the planet. It all matters.

Every material.

Every process.

Every action.

Designed for a better future.

EVERYTHING MATTERS.

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A Compelling Case for Embracing the Circular Economy

Here is a fantastic Huffington Post article which addresses the social, economic and environmental opportunities awaiting those who embrace a strategy around the Circular Economy.

We often promote the efforts of William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart – pioneers in the effort to eliminate the concept of waste and rely instead on resource-efficient processes within the design approach and operations within business. Their Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy is embedded in our corporate culture, and our products are manufactured with the end in mind.  The shifting mindset toward the Circular Economy is global, and spurs a renewed spirit for competitiveness, innovation and responsible business practice.

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Design Is a Conversation in the Park at GreenBuild 2015

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We are especially excited to not only attend GreenBuild 2015 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center this week, but even more enamored to amplify our conversation about sustainability and material health with the design community. There are three different ways you can chime in and keep the dialogue moving forward.

We hosted our first tweet chat earlier this month, with special guest @RachelGutter (see her bio below), to give everyone an opportunity, using #shawlocalconvo, to participate in a focused conversation around material health and sustainability. During the hour and a half chat, the conversation touched on myriad topics ranging from healthy schools to educating end users on the long term benefits of choosing sustainable products; even if it costs them a little more in the short term. Based on the feedback from clients and experts alike, we will be hosting another #shawlocalconvo on Nov. 18th from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. featuring special guest tweeters from C2Ccertified and others including Shaw’s very own sustainability expert Kelly Ballew. Though this #shawlocalconvo will be centered around Cradle 2 Cradle certification driving innovation at every level of the organization, we welcome any well-timed, yet sustainability-focused, tangent from our digital audience. Look for the highlights to be posted as a Storify shortly after the event.

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As we all know, pictures are worth a thousand words, and our #shawyourpark promotion gives anyone with a smartphone and a Twitter handle a chance to turn a snapshot of your favorite local park into a few thousand dollars worth of renovations. Simply take a photo of a public space in your neighborhood, and some ideas for improving it, and tag it with #shawyourpark. One winner will be selected and receive $5,000 donation from us to make those enhancements come to life.

If you’re lucky enough to attend the GreenBuild Expo with us, then you have to stop by Booth #1305 to join us for Conversations in the Park, on The Park naturally. Here’s a list of our special guests and what they bring to the conversation:

David Gottfried

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David Gottfried will be speaking about health & wellness from 12:45-1:15 on Wednesday Nov. 18th

It’s safe to say this event wouldn’t exist without David Gottfried. As the founder of the U.S. Green Building Council and World Green Building Council, he is a human catalyst for transformation in the green building industry. Gottfried has penned three highly-acclaimed memoirs, but will be discussing his latest work Explosion Green which was published June 2014. In it, he describes how the construction and building industries have evolved toward more sustainable standards without sacrificing profitability. His irascibly infectious self-deprecating humor has earned the title three 2014 Indie Book Awards: Second Place Grand Prize for Non-fiction, Business Category, and Memoir Category.

William McDonough

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William McDonough will be speaking about the circular economy from 5-5:30 on Wednesday Nov. 18th

Much like Gottfried, William McDonough co-wrote Cradle to Cradle and launched a global movement which challenged designers to think as much about what happens at the end of a product’s life cycle as they do in the beginning. In 2012, McDonough began collaborating with Stanford University Libraries on a “living archive” of his work and communications. He has been awarded three times by the US government, and in 2014, McDonough was appointed as Chair of the Meta-Council on the Circular Economy by the World Economic Forum.

Rachel Gutter

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Rachel Gutter will be speaking about green schools from 2:30-3 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 19th

Rachel Gutter is Senior Vice President of Knowledge at the U.S. Green Building Council and Director of the Center for Green Schools. Rachel’s dynamic leadership propels the green schools movement forward; galvanizing international corporations, global institutions and government entities around a singular purpose: to put every student in a green school this generation. Under her direction, the Center for Green Schools has published over 1,000 pages of technical guides and original research and deployed more than half a million volunteers who have contributed $46 million in donated time to transform schools around the globe. Kentucky State Rep. Jim Decasere (R) and Hawaii State Rep. Chris Lee (D) will also join Rachel to share their stories about how green schools have had a positive impact in their respective communities.

We will also be hosting a cocktail hour from 4-6 p.m. after our forums to allow everyone a chance to unwind and keep the conversation, and libations, flowing. We can’t wait to see and hear from everyone attending and we’ll keep the conversation going long after the last session has ended!

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#ShawLocalConvo encourages discussion on sustainability drivers

As part of Shaw Contract Group’s prequel to GreenBuild 2015, we decided to engage Twitter followers directly with a tweet chat focused around safe building practices, material health and trending issues around sustainability. Followers can chime in using #shawlocalconvo to answer questions, share resources and respond to other  opinions. Featured guests @RachelGutter, SVP of Knowledge for the U.S. Green Building Council, and Shaw Industries Product Sustainability Manager Kellie Ballew shared their insight and provided clarification as needed. Some of the condensed highlights from this conversation is shared in the feed below:

 

The conversation about designing for a positive impact is ongoing – stay tuned for additional content around material health and sustainable topics leading up to GreenBuild.  Another tweet chat is scheduled to occur during the event – so make sure to follow our feed.   We’ve also slated several speakers for Conversations in the Park, so make sure to visit us in booth #1305 for these opportunities to engage with sustainability leaders.

Visit shawcontractgroup.com for detailed information about our approach to material health and product sustainability.  Shaw’s corporate-wide sustainability goals and initiatives are communicated in our 2014 sustainability report.

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