Prioritizing Healthier Material Selection: One Firm’s Approach

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When:  Nov 15, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 01:30 PM (CT)
Associated with  Minneapolis-St. Paul

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Dunwoody College of Technology
818 Dunwoody Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55403

  • 11 AM - 1130 AM  -- Registration
  • 1130 AM - 12 PM -- Chapter Meeting and Box Lunch
  • 12 PM - 130 PM -- Presentation

Event Costs:

  • Members:
    • In-Person: $25
    • Virtual: $10
  • Non-Members:
    • In-Person: $50
    • Virtual: $20

This event will be capped at 40 in-person attendees, so register early!

CEU is 1 hour (.1 credit for IDCEC, AIA, HSW)

The impact that interior designers can make on human health and climate change mitigation cannot be understated – but what does it really look like for a firm to elevate their material specification baseline? This course outlines how one firm prioritized sustainability attributes and determined what “standard practice” should look like, from material specification to refining interior materials library criteria. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, commitments were made, and best practices put into place, including prioritizing material transparency, and optimizing material ingredients. Attendees will leave with tools and knowledge that can immediately be applied to their own projects, including a Materials Selection Decision Tree and an understanding of how to compare and evaluate Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).


Ariane Laxo, CID, IIDA, Assoc AIA, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC
Sustainability Director at HGA with 11 years’ experience in sustainable commercial design. Ariane leads with an evidence-based, collaborative approach to sustainable design that results in positive, transformational impacts. Her expertise includes workshop facilitation, resiliency planning, climate change adaptative design, change management, and positive psychology. With a background in Interior Design, Ariane blends human-centered design with sustainability so that client outcomes rely on reliable evidence to improve both the occupant experience and building performance.

Sophie Kjeldgaard
, CID, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate
An interior designer with experience across market sectors, including healthcare, corporate, and cultural. She believes interior spaces are brought to life through empathy, attention to detail, and an integrated approach to design. Sophie has applied her LEED and WELL certifications and the knowledge gained through The New School Healthier Materials and Sustainable Building course to advancing the sustainability efforts at HGA, including co-leading the Minneapolis Sustainability Council, leading internal education sessions for staff, and collaborating on the development and implementation of tools and resources for interior designers to make healthier and sustainable product selections on projects.

Registration Dates

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Registration Ends Tuesday, November 15, 2022


Dunwoody College of Technology
818 Dunwoody Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Pricing Information

Registration Price
Member $10.00
Non-member $20.00
Attending in Person? Price
Member $15.00
Non-member $30.00