Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
This webinar will discuss the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products program, a multi-attribute, continuous improvement methodology that provides a path to manufacturing healthy and sustainable products for our world. It requires a paradigm shift in thinking about how a product is designed, what it contains, how it is made, and where it goes after use. As a guidance system for product designers and manufacturers, the program leads to the creation of innovative products that redefine quality and beauty.
The program guides continual improvement towards products that are:
– made with materials that are safe for humans and the environment
– designed so all ingredients can be reused safely by nature or industry
– assembled and manufactured with renewable, non polluting energy
– made in ways that protect and enrich water supplies, and
– made in ways that advance social and environmental justice.
Presenter: Susan Klosterhaus, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Susan Klosterhaus is an environmental scientist with more than 15 years of experience studying the fate and toxicity of chemical contaminants in the environment. As the Institute’s Senior Scientist, Susan is the lead manager of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program and oversees development of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard. Susan also serves as the Chair of the Institute’s Certification Standards Board. Prior to joining the Institute, Susan was the lead organic contaminant chemist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where she conducted water quality monitoring projects to support environmental management and policy development for San Francisco Bay. At SFEI she led research on contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic environments and the identification and analysis of flame retardant chemicals used in consumer products. Before moving to the Bay Area, Susan was a research scientist in laboratories at the University of Maryland and the University of South Carolina.