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Wednesday, September 18, 2019  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Eliminating Harmful Chemicals from Health Care Interiors

Sarah Fackler
Program Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Health, Partners HealthCare
Rachel Gibson, JD, MPP
Director of the Safer Chemicals Program, Health Care Without Harm
Rich Ruhlin
Chief Marketing Officer, Mats Inc

Every day patients and workers are exposed to harmful chemicals in hospitals and medical facilities. Many of these chemicals can be found in building materials such as flooring and furnishings. These materials can contribute to poor indoor air quality and exposures that endanger human health and the environment. Healthcare facilities are progressively implementing practices to avoid chemicals and materials of concern, and purchasers look to standards, like Healthier Hospitals, and organizations, such as Health Care Without Harm, to inform their decisions. This session will provide tools and resources for designers and healthcare organizations to specify and purchase environmentally sustainable and healthy materials, and prevent purchases that undermine organizational goals. Attendees will hear from Partners HealthCare about a handful of interiors projects, including lessons learned and best practices, in pursuit of their sustainability goals.

1.  Understand the rationale for targeting specific chemicals and materials for elimination in flooring and furnishings in the health care setting
2.  Learn how to identify more sustainable interiors products
3.  Hear case studies and learn about obstacles and best practices for implementing key health-focused sustainability principles
4.  Describe tools and resources available to implement health-focused sustainability criteria
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH