Transparency is the New Black: Ingredient Disclosure, Red List and Material Health

Transparency is the New Black: Ingredient Disclosure, Red List and Material Health

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Come learn about the growing trend in the building industry around transparency of product ingredients and material health.

Industry expert Andrea Cooper, who leads the Declare program and Materials Petal for the International Living Future Institute, will be visiting Pittsburgh to shed light on the new ingredient transparency requirements of various green building rating systems and how you can position your company to gain access to this market opportunity. Andrea will provide advice on avoiding common roadblocks and offer step-by-step instruction on the process for achieving a Declare label with Red List Free status. Anita Snader, Environmental Sustainability Manager for Armstrong World Industries, will share her team’s experience pursuing multiple Declare labels and discuss feedback they have received from stakeholders. For more information, view the event flyer here.

This is the first workshop in our three-part series, The Building Blocks of Living Products, hosted by the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, established in partnership between ILFI and the Green Building Alliance to accelerate the Pittsburgh region’s transformation into a center for sustainable manufacturing. The second workshop will explore the concept of Handprinting.


The educational portion of this event will be held from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M., with a happy hour following at 5:00 P.M., hosted by Pittsburgh’s Living Future Collaborative. The Collaborative serves as a group of advocates who help inspire local projects and advise on educational content while advancing the missions of Green Building Alliance and the International Living Future Institute.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about material transparency requirements of the Living Building Challenge, LEED v4 and WELL
  2. Understand the step-by-step process of collecting and disclosing ingredient data
  3. Explore the Red List and the requirements to achieve a Declare label
  4. Review the various platforms that connect architects and designers to transparent products


Andrea Cooper

Living Building Challenge Materials Petal + Declare Manager, International Living Future Institute

Benson Gabler

Pittsburgh Living Product Hub Manager, International Living Future Institute


This event is approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • 2 LFA hours
  • 2 AIA GBCI credits pending
  • 2 AIA HSW hours pending