HBN | May 30, 2019
Healthy Building Network has been honored as the national 2019 Design for Humanity award recipient from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). In celebrating an institution for having made significant contributions to improving the environment for humanity through projects that transform lives, this award recognizes the far-reaching impact of HBN’s work.
Founded in 2000 by Bill Walsh, HBN has a mission to advance human and environmental health by improving hazardous chemical transparency and inspiring product innovation. Our vision is that all people and the planet thrive when the environment is free of hazardous chemicals.
Our success is in no small part due to exceptional partnerships with global and national corporations, research centers, product R&D groups, architects, and innovators in healthcare, housing, environmental justice, and other sectors. Working with industry innovators who are committed to healthier materials has contributed greatly to our research, and has amplified results. Kathy Gerwig, Vice President of Employee Safety, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Stewardship Officer at Kaiser Permanente, says: "Healthy building guidelines based on HBN’s work give us confidence that our facilities are places where our patients can thrive.”
The ASID award recognizes HBN for decades of leadership and engagement with the design community, providing research, education, and toxics elimination. A few notable achievements:
"I am honored to receive this award,” says Bill Walsh, “which recognizes the results of nearly twenty years of HBN’s efforts to advance environmental health and justice through good design. When we know better, we do better. Together, HBN and the design community are showing how design impacts lives by making our buildings and our planet healthier." For more than a decade, HBN has had the great fortune of having consistent ASID leadership on our board of directors. Penny Bonda, FASID, a former ASID National President, and Linda Sorento, FASID, a former ASID National Director at large and past chair of the Washington Metro Chapter, have a combined service on the HBN board of nearly 15 years. The ASID Foundation was also an early supporter of the Pharos Project.
Over the summer, ASID will create a feature page for award winners at asid.org and hold an ASID Awards Gala celebration on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Atlanta.