A letter from Gina Ciganik, CEO, and Bill Walsh, Founder and Board President
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
First, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who responded to our newsletter appeal in November or contributed as part of #GivingTuesday. Your donations make our work possible and represent an investment in a vision we know you share – a future where all people and the planet thrive when the environment is free of hazardous chemicals.
If you’re still considering your end-of-year or holiday giving plans, we hope you’ll think of us. In 2018, we achieved great momentum, and we see the potential for even more acceleration toward a healthier world. As we reflect on the progress we’ve made together, we invite you to help us imagine new possibilities as we collectively Know Better.
Let us celebrate Progress:
- Health Equity: Innovation is driven by the needs of marginalized communities disproportionately exposed to chemicals of concern. Through HomeFree, affordable housing advocates are discovering, demanding, and prioritizing healthier products that are accessible to those who need them most. Ultimately, these cost-effective solutions benefit us all.
- Industry Engagement: Leading manufacturers are creating green chemistry solutions, disclosing their product ingredients, and seeking HBN research to inform their decisions. Our recently launched global Chlorine and Building Materials report was born out of manufacturers interested in cleaning up pollution in the global vinyl supply chain.
- Know Better: When we know better, we do better. Insights revealed in our research and data tools have improved knowledge and resulted in healthier product decisions made by those interested in building a healthier world. Our Pharos and Data Commons tools detail health hazards associated with more than 100,000 chemicals, creating a strong foundation for scaled change.
Let us build Possibility:
- Healthier Children: Today, children are being exposed to unrecognized toxic chemicals that are silently eroding intelligence and truncating future achievements.1 Your support of HBN’s work to reduce toxic chemical exposures is an investment in children’s health and prosperity.
- Product Transformation: In 2019, HBN will launch our innovative Transformation Targets. Using our deep research and product data collected over the years, we’ve identified certain products with available green chemistry solutions. By educating the industry and purchasers with actionable information about the targets ripe for transformation, we will accelerate the demand and availability of healthier options.
Your gift to Healthy Building Network fuels the research, tools, and solutions that inspire innovation toward healthier products, resulting in healthier lives. It means schools can be safer for our kids. Developers, architects, and contractors will have more eco-friendly choices when they build our offices. And families of all socioeconomic backgrounds will be able to breathe easy in the very special places they call home.
We’ve made great strides, but we’re not done yet. With help from visionaries like you, we’re poised to create long-lasting, industry-redefining change. Our shared vision IS within our reach.
Please make your contribution today, at any level meaningful to you.
Best wishes and happy holidays,
Gina Ciganik, Chief Executive Officer
Bill Walsh, Founder and Board President
1] Bellinger, David C. Environmental Health Perspectives. “A Strategy for Comparing the Contributions of Environmental Chemicals and Other Risk Factors to Neurodevelopment of Children.” December 19, 2011. https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/full/10.1289/ehp.1104170.