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Innovations in Materials

  • 09 Jul 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, 2319 Chouteau, Suite 200, (63103)


  • For individuals who do not hold a current USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Membership

Innovations in Materials

Online registration has closed. In-person registration will be available at the event.

This program will explore what is new in the design industry with regards to sustainable products and what companies are doing  to implement  long-term environmental practices and  encourage the use of environmentally  sound  and eco-friendly products and materials. Four panelists will represent four different materials:
wood furniture and systems, broadloom carpeting and carpet tiles, surface materials and paint and wall coverings.




•·         Explore product developments in several industries that may utilize renewable resources

•·         Examine the drivers behind the design and composition of new products or materials.

•·         Acquire a basic understanding of the chemistry behind furniture and interior finish products, including chemicals of concerns and any tradeoffs between environmental responsibility and durability or quality.

•·         Recognize opportunities for waste minimization in the shipping, packaging and production of different building materials.

•·         Explore different indoor air quality standards as they relate to LEED requirements.



Randall Lewis, Director of Operations at Walsh & Associates Inc. Lewis graduated from

Missouri Valley Collegewith a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Mathematics in 1987.  Lewis has an MA and D.Mgt. from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.  In addition to his work as Director of Operations at Walsh & Associates, Inc., Lewis is also an adjunct professor of management at Webster University and an adjunct professor of sustainability at Saint Louis Universityalong with being a Fellow at SLU.  

Steven Brewster, Operations Project Manager for Kimball Office As the Operations Program Manager for Kimball Office, Brewster is responsible for Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and all product certifications. He has been involved in the furniture industry for over 30 years working for both home and office furniture manufacturers. His background includes experience in Operations Management, Sales and Marketing and all areas of Manufacturing.


Kelly Bartz,General Manager at Intectural Bartz began working with sustainable materials as a manufacturer starting in 2004 with TrueRideSkateparks.  Intectural came through the same ownership to distribute these quality sustainably minded materials to the design community for a wide range of interior and exterior applications.  Intectural provides materials for LEED accredited projects in markets such as commercial, residential, institutional, hospitality, restaurant, and retail fixture.   


Paul Murray, Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs at Shaw Industries Group Inc. In his position at Shaw Industries Group Inc.,

Murrayis responsible for sustainability and product stewardship.  Murrayjoined Shaw, in February 2011 after more than 22 years at Herman Miller, where he served as EH&S and sustainable business practices leader.  A LEED accredited professional, Murray holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Northern State College and a Master’s degree in management from Aquinas College.

Panel Moderator:

JoAnn Brooks, AIA, LEED® AP, CDT Project Manager at Washington University




Tuesday, July 9, 2013
5:30-6:15 pm - Registration & Networking

6:15-7:30 pm - Presentation


Sheet Metal Workers Local 36,

2319 Chouteau, Suite 200, (63103) map


FEE: Free to USGBC-MGC Members, ASID, IIDA and RDI Members and full-time students. 
$20 for Non-members.


REGISTER: Online registration has closed. In person registration will be available at the event.


Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by 
email or phone (314) 577-0225.

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