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Building Materials You Wish You'd never Used: and what to do about it now
San Francisco AIA
San Francisco, CA
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Building Materials You Wish You'd never Used: and what to do about it now
Building Materials You Wish You'd Never Used:  and what to do about it now
Presented by ADPSR - Architects/ Designers/ Planers for Social Responsibility
April 20, 2010, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
AIA San Francisco 130 Sutter Street, 6th Floor
Co-Sponsored by the Ecological Building Network
Every building material does damage to our environment and potentially to our health.  But there are some materials that are far more hazardous than others.  On April 20th we will present information on a few of the more dangerous (and commonly used) materials, including PVC vinyl and the chemical flame retardants used in rigid insulation, foam cushions, and fabrics.
The extent to which these materials are used is frightening, even more frightening is the risk that they pose to the environment and to personal health and safety.  Dr. Arlene Blum and Tom Lent will discuss not only the perils of these materials, but more importantly will offer solutions and alternatives that will reduce the dangers that we create.
Dr. Arlene Blum is the Founder and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute.  Dr. Blum is a biophysical chemist, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Department of Chemistry, and author of Annapurna: A Woman's Place and Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life. Blum's research contributed to the regulation of two cancer-causing flame retardants used in children's sleepwear in the 1970s, and prevented unnecessary flammability standards that would have led to the use of hundreds of millions of pounds of persistent toxic chemicals each year. Dr. Blum was selected by the National Women's History Project as one of 100 'Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet', received the Society of Women Geographers' Gold Medal, and a top Purpose Prize from Civic Ventures. Please see
Tom Lent is the  Policy Director for the Healthy Building Network, and is responsible for defining HBN's guiding philosophy and policies with regard to building materials. Tom has spent nearly 30 years working on the environmental impact of buildings, materials, and energy in both the private sector and with public interest groups. A highly regarded expert in the field of green health care facilities design and operations, Tom was a founding coordinator of the Green Guide for Health Care, sits on the steering committee of the LEED Application Guide for Health Care of the US Green Building Council, and is an advisor to Kaiser Permanente. Tom is currently overseeing the development of the Pharos rating criteria and data entry, working closely with the Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies at the University of Tennessee.
$10.00 donation, No one turned away for lack of funds.



San Francisco AIA
130 Sutter Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
United States

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