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Progress in Material Health

Date/ Tuesday, October 10
Time / 1pm - 2pm
Location / Nomads Loom
1525 Slocum Street
Credit / 1 Sustainability CEPH

Stacy van Genderen, of Duracryl Global Flooring, and Jonsara Ruth, of Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design will partner in this tandem virtual/live discussion on material health.  Attendees can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental issues threatening our communities, our planet and all living species.  Discover innovative solutions to current sustainable design challenges.  Be inspired to use design to shape healthier lives.  And learn how to support global efforts to identify viable alternatives and illuminate new paths for architecture and design.

Stacy van Genderen
Duracryl Global Flooring

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Jonsara Ruth
Parsons School of Design

Stacy van Genderen and her husband Bas are committed to creating a better world by bringing Duracryl’s Carbon Negative floor covering products to the market in the U.S..  Stacy is passionate about helping their clients learn what something as simple as flooring can do for the carbon footprint of their companies.

Stacy truly believes that as humans we are individuals in every fiber of our being as are the elements used in the building and design industry. Wise choices are essential to bringing these “fibers” to healthy fruition. She believes in the sustainability of both a healthy world that we can leave to the generations that come after us as well as raising little humans with the same sustainable mindset.

Jonsara Ruth is co-founder and Design Director of Healthy Materials Lab (HML) at Parsons School of Design, where she is an Associate Professor and Founding Director of the MFA Interior Design program. At HML, Jonsara brings creative leadership to the ambitious goal of improving the health of underserved communities through the transformation of design and material practices. At Parsons, Jonsara cultivates new understandings of design through her teaching, research, and convening experts from various fields to explore intertwined, cross-disciplinary topics at public events.

 Jonsara is a designer, artist, and founder of Salty Labs, a collaborative studio elevating everyday experience through the design of interiors and furniture while improving human and environmental health. Currently, she serves on the board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, was awarded the 2022 Women in Architecture Innovation Award with Alison Mears, and published Material Health: Design Frontiers in 2023 with Alison Mears.

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