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NRDC Prioritizes Safer Products in Energy Efficiency Programs

HBN | December 2019 | Newsletter

As part of their Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) campaign, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) partners with Healthy Building Network (HBN) and our HomeFree initiative to integrate healthier materials strategies to meet core energy program goals and achieve targeted health equity outcomes. These forward-thinking organizations are on the leading edge of holistic climate strategies that result in stronger outcomes for people and the planet. Through research and community action, they’ve learned that breaking down silos to inclusive policy interventions, is both efficient and effective for creating comprehensive change. 


A Healthy Future.

HBN | November 2019 | Newsletter

The holidays are approaching swiftly. And so is a very special new year’s eve—Healthy Building Network is turning 20 years old in 2020.

I find myself more deeply committed to our vision—where all people and the planet thrive. As I reflect on the loved ones I’ve lost from cancer, and those battling for their lives today, I want to do better for them. I want to do better for the children who carry the permanent effects from toxic exposures to their young and developing bodies. I want to do better for the women struggling with infertility as an outcome of chemical exposures. I envision an alternate, healthier path for everyday employees whose quality of life is impacted right now because of the hazardous chemicals with which they’ve come into contact while simply trying to make a living. 


Engage, Explore, and Act with Free Healthier Materials Workshops and Webinars

HBN | October 2019 | Newsletter

Healthy Building Network (HBN) has free fall workshops in San Francisco and the Twin Cities. Even if you are not in the area, you’re in luck. We are holding online webinars, too! HBN’s HomeFree program is your guide to reducing and eliminating toxics in the materials you choose for your projects, big or small. These courses provide a fundamental understanding of toxics in materials, their impacts on human health, and US toxics regulations.


This Is Who Believes a Planet Free of Toxic Chemicals Is Possible...

HBN | October 2019 | Newsletter

Imagine a More Sustainable World

A world where the spaces in which we live, work, and play help us breathe easy, think clearly and feel more creative. Communities where all children thrive in schools, playgrounds and homes free of chemicals that harm developing bodies and minds. Factories and job sites that prioritize health and safety. An environment where the air is fresh, soil is rich, and oceans are crystal clear. A future when our collective health soars because of safer products. 

It is possible. And it can start with you. 


There's What In My Body? A Look Into the Body Burden of HBN's Chief Research Officer

HBN | September 2019 | Newsletter

Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “you are what you eat,” but what about “you are what you’re exposed to”? We come in contact with a variety of chemicals every single day, from the shampoo we use, to the paint on our walls. So how do we describe the load of chemicals in our body? A term called body burden. HBN’s Chief Research Officer explores her body burden and the choices she makes everyday that influences it. 


Home Depot Bans PFAS In Carpets & Rugs

HBN | September 2019 | Newsletter

The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced Sept. 17 that it will phase out the sale of all carpets and rugs containing PFAS chemicals, expanding the reach of its Chemical Strategy adopted in 2017. The company said it will stop purchasing for distribution in the U.S., Canada and online, any carpets or rugs containing PFAS chemicals by the end of 2019. The new policy has important implications beyond reducing the use of these chemicals, which are associated with serious health harm and last virtually forever in the environment.