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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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Dunbarton High School Named Greenest School on Earth

Congratulations to Dunbarton High School in Pickering, Ontario, Canada, for earning the title of the 2015 Greenest School on Earth. This annual competition, sponsored by the Global Coalition for Green Schools (an initiative of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC), recognizes a K-12 school for achievement in its environmental impact, human health and ecoliteracy.

I was honored to be one of the judges for the competition and amazed at what these schools are doing to make a difference in their school and the world. Choosing a single winner was extremely difficult. While reviewing submissions, the jury discovered so many incredible things being done around the world. Dunbarton emerged the winner because of its success meeting each of the three pillars of the competition.

Because the buildings were built in the 1960s, the school focused its efforts to reduce environmental impact on inexpensive retrofits (paid by fundraising efforts from the Environmental Club) and behavioral changes that involve students, teachers, faculty, staff, and the community. I love the fact that the school plans to spend a portion of the prize money on a garden that will be 20% for its own use and 80% for the local food bank.

For the human health component, the school is looking long-term, with a seven-year campus biodiversity program to provide trees to shade an outdoor classroom. The commitment to health continues with providing nutritious options in the cafeteria and vending machines, as well as water fountains with reusable water bottles.

One of the initiatives that separated Dunbarton from the rest is how it’s addressing the remaining pillar – ecoliteracy. Students take what they learn and apply it to their school. For example, science classes monitor school and campus air quality, local stream water quality and school electricity use. The students then use this data to create a conservation plan.

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​Pickering Area Trustee Chris Braney congratulating the Environmental Council on their award – Greenest School on Earth.

Seeing the resourceful leadership that went into these entries reinforces our sense of pride in being a partner with the Center for Green Schools. To support the Center and their initiatives, including the Greenest School on Earth competition, go to centerforgreenschools.org and check out Shaw Contract Group’s Cut & Compose collection, 3 tile and 2 broadloom styles for which we are donating 1.5% of the proceeds to the Center for Green Schools.

 

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Taking Shape: Education carpet collection nods to Matisse

The concept of cutting shapes and elements may seem juvenile, but painter Henri Matisse did so in a way that a new art form was born. The French painter shifted to the world of cut-outs as chronic illness diminished his ability to work the paintbrush. By cutting and creating, the artist was truly taking the idea of form back to it’s roots. His creations varied from simple to abstract, while playing with varying color, contrast, shapes and sizes.

“The Parakeet and the Mermaid” (1952), gouache on paper, cut and pasted, and charcoal on white paper, by Henri Matisse.

This same concept is reflected in Shaw Contract Group’s new education collection Cut & Compose, as abstract elements are cut, rotated, deconstructed and composed to form the graphic aesthetic found in these designs. Through this collection, learning environments are transformed into motivational spaces and a bold statement is made.

Read more about this collection and its contribution to the environment here, and learn how these products support the Green Apple Initiative at the USGBC’s Center for Green Schools.

 

 

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Where we learn matters: Cut & Compose collection making a difference

All students should have the opportunity to attend a green school, and with the help of Shaw Contract Group’s new education collection, we can help make this a reality.

Cut & Compose brings bold, typographic design to interiors, while supporting the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council in its mission to create green schools for everyone within this generation. 1.5% of all sales from this collection will go to the Green Apple initiative to transform educational spaces into healthier, safer, more sustainable learning environments. Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools said, “We are excited to work with Shaw Contract Group to advance the message that where our children learn matters.”

Cut & Compose supports USGBC's Center for Green Schools' Green Apple Day of Service by driving awareness and   donating 1.5% of all sales of the product to the Center for Green Schools.

Cut & Compose supports USGBC’s Center for Green Schools’ Green Apple Day of Service by driving awareness and donating 1.5% of all sales from this collection to the Center for Green Schools.

Read more about this collection at usgbc.org here  and at centerforgreenschools.org here.

 

 

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Chicago Merchandise Mart Awarded LEED Gold

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded the Merchandise Mart with LEED Gold certification – just in time for NeoCon next week. The Mart has developed, implemented and enhanced a comprehensive sustainability program that reduces overall water consumption, optimizes energy efficiency, supports ozone-protection protocols, encourages renewable and alternative energy sources, purchases materials with less environmental impact, and eliminates sources of indoor air pollution. The Gold certification is an elevation to the Mart’s 2007 LEED Silver certification.

“The Merchandise Mart has been at the forefront of developing environmental sustainability practices for decades,” says Myron Maurer, chief operating officer, MMPI. “Our recertification efforts, resulting in an elevation from Silver to Gold, are recognition of our continued efforts.”

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