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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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Noble Materials Grabs the Gold at BDNY

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Shaw Hospitality Group designers Maria Scott and Omoleye Adeyemi pose in front of the award winning collection they created.

Noble Materials, Shaw Hospitality Group’s newest running line custom carpet collection, was a showstopper at BDNY 2015 claiming first place in the flooring category of the product competition.

BDNY (Boutique Design New York) is the preeminent trade show for the hospitality & leisure design industry organized each year by Boutique Design Magazine. With an emphasis on aesthetics and function, BDNY creates a two day forum for design teams and manufacturers to connect and ultimately define what’s next in the hospitality design space. Over 600 carefully curated booths cover roughly 80,000 net sq. feet and feature a panoply of products to peruse including furnishings, lighting, fabrics, wall coverings, bath and spa, and flooring. It’s generally held concurrently with HX: The Hotel Experience (formerly IHMRS) at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan.

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Shaw Hospitality Group designers studied the charts and diagrams ancient alchemists meticulously plotted in the search to transform base metals into noble metals, such as gold, silver and copper to inspire the overall look and feel of the collection. Layered in luxury, modern marquetry is interpreted via pattern and data-inspired inlays for an exquisite flooring statement. Displayed in tones of deep grays and navy with a gold metallic accent, the tufted carpet collection gives designers endless options in more than 280 colors. With multiple field, broadloom, rug and corridor patterns, plus a collection of 24 inch x 24 inch carpet tiles, the collection color palette and pattern scale can be changed to create custom looks for any space. Noble Materials is a design catalyst that translates to various manufacturing technologies. Per the Shaw Contract Group standard, the broadloom and tile products in this collection are Cradle to Cradle — Bronze Certified and are fully assessed for human and material health. Made with Shaw’s patented EcoSolution Q nylon & EcoWorx Tile, these products are recyclable, contribute to LEED & are backed by a full environmental guarantee. You can actually see one of the custom designs come to life, via pigment swirled in water, by viewing the Noble Materials Collection video.

Next up on Shaw Hospitality Group’s road tour is the two-day Sleep Event starting Nov. 24th in London at the Business Design Centre. Considered to be Europe’s foremost hospitality design event, we are all confident that Noble Materials and Cell Theory will keep the momentum going and bring home some hardware from across the pond. Make sure to visit the Shaw Hospitality Group site for our updated event calendar and all things Noble Materials.

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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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Design is Connected India Retreat Weaves Sustainability into Practice

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Sustainability is a key concern for designers and they prefer to use eco-friendly products and materials. They also believe they could weave sustainability in their design projects. This follows a recent survey conducted with key architect and design industry leaders who attended the Design Is Connected Retreat organised by Shaw Contract Group in Goa, India from 9 to 11 October 2015. Shaw Contract Group organised this retreat with the aim to connect with their partners in the Asia Pacific region and India in the aspect of design.

8 out of 10 designers also rated design as the most important consideration when selecting a supplier.

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“The discussions and insights drawn from key leaders in the design and architecture industry have been beneficial to Shaw Contract Group. Following this retreat, we are able to align our product offerings with our suppliers to ensure the Architects and Designers in India are shown our full range of products. This has been helpful in our continual collaboration with India.” said Dan Clark, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Shaw Contract Group.

“It was a very inspiring event for those in the design field to see such level of work being done on the design, pattern and texture of carpets” said Sabina Reddy, Director, at M Moser Associates.

“The next trend will be moving from geometrical patterns to more abstract patterns with bright colours,” says Raghunath Avutapalli, Senior Architect, DWP Interics, in relation to design trends in 2016.

On creating sustainable designs, Satish Purushan, Senior Architect, STUP Consultants, says that “it is crucial to create products that not only have 100 per cent LEED rating on paper, but are also eco-friendly in terms of practicality in order to raise awareness and promote sustainability across all industries.”

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The Design Is Connected Retreat saw about 50 guests comprising of directors, architects and service providers from more than 20 well-established firms, including DSP, RSP and Space Matrix, come together and exchange their views on upcoming trends in the industry.

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For more information about Shaw’s sustainability initiatives and its continued leadership in the discussion, development and application of sustainable design, please visit our sustainability site.

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