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Bill Walsh | October 25, 2017
Home Depot today announced a chemical hazard avoidance policy that will prohibit numerous toxic chemicals in paints, carpeting, flooring and fiberglass insulation products. The Home Depot Chemical Strategy, included in its 2017 Responsibility Report, targets a range of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, mimic and disrupt hormone systems,...
Bill Walsh | March 01, 2017
Following the lead of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other credible institutions, the global architectural firm of Perkins+Will is placing Products Marketed as Antimicrobial on its Precautionary List. The firm's decision was made after an exhaustive review of available information about the use...
Bill Walsh | September 07, 2016
Last Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new regulation that bans 19 antimicrobial chemicals, including triclosan and triclocarban, used in hand soaps.  restricted substance list, to help building industry professionals avoid these chemicals in building products.
During the nearly 40 years 
James Vallette | June 23, 2016
When one waste disposal option closes, another inevitably opens.
A half-century ago, the federal government started regulating solid wastes and preventing rampant dumping in the woods, ocean, and unlined dumps. Then the so-called Not-In-My-Backyard (NIMBY) movement of the 1970s and 1980s prevented scores of landfills and incinerators from bei...
Tom Lent | May 25, 2016
They did it again. The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has pushed another greenwashing credit option into LEED. The new  represents perhaps the most audacious effort to date by the ACC to neutralize LEED’s leadership in improving material health in building products.
The Credit ignores some of the highest concern chemical hazards (includi...
Tom Lent | March 30, 2016
The Healthy Building Network just posted two articles in our Pharos Signal blog asking readers to take specific actions that can really help bring healthier materials into building products.
In the first, "HBN Partnering with Cradle to Cradle for Hazard Screening," I invite you to take a look at the latest exciting feature of our Cradle...
Tom Lent | November 12, 2015
When is a Supply Chain Optimization credit not a Supply Chain Optimization credit? Apparently when the American Chemistry Council (ACC) has a hand in writing the rules. The USGBC announced yesterday the results of its sprawling 11 month Supply Chain Optimization Working Group's efforts to provide
Bill Walsh | October 02, 2015
Ken Geiser's Book Tour
Monday, October 5, 6:00-8:00
Parsons School of Design, The New School, L105 University Center 65 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York
Monday, October 13, 11:45-12:50
Santa Clara University, Benson Parlor B 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA
Tuesday, October 20, 2:00-3:00
UC Berkeley, 775 Tan, Univ...
Bill Walsh | April 22, 2015
Home Depot, the world’s largest purchaser of building products, announced today that by the end of this year it will eliminate phthalate plasticizers from the vinyl flooring it sells. Phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals that have been banned in children’s products since 2008 but are still widely used in a wide range of vinyl p...
Bill Walsh | February 09, 2015
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) has released its newly revised 2015-2019 Standards and Rules. Promoted as an “important advancement,” the revised standards appear to do little to address the longstanding complaints of leading environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Ear...