Anjanette Green | Materials Analyst, stok
Living Future unConference Session: (Friday, May 19 • 3:15pm – 4:45pm) Experts in Indoor Air Quality: Addressing IAQ Impacts to Improve Human Health
Can you introduce yourself to the Living Future Community?
I’m a native of Washington State but have lived and traveled all over the world. I recently returned from Shanghai where I worked for 3 years, and was the first LBC Ambassador in China. I was lucky enough to have worked on the first two LBC projects in the country. Although I am formally trained as an Interior Architect, I have spent the last 5 years wholly focused on materials, the chemistry behind them, and how that directly contributes to indoor air quality.
What drives you to do the work that you do?
I feel very strongly that I have an obligation to discover new ways of making products that are healthier, safer and frankly – just simply better than what we’ve been doing in the past. I am ridiculously curious and tenacious. Sometimes this makes for a dangerous combination, but this characteristic has served me well in the materials analysis and assessment world where I have to scrutinize a product’s contents to a very granular level. I absolutely love this part of my job.
Tell us about your session at Living Future? Why should people attend and what can they expect to take away?
We’re showcasing four heavy-weights in the world of Indoor Air Quality and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I have had the pleasure of working with each of the panelists in very different contexts, and all come equipped with solid, empirical experiences. IAQ is a complex issue; once you open it up and start poking around you realize immediately how little we know. These four panelists are going to inspire with information and innovations that most haven’t seen before.
What draws you to attend Living Future unConference?
I am drawn to LF because of its unique atmosphere; it’s always positive and creative in the agenda, speakers, and attendees. Unlike any other conference, it goes out of the way to ensure a fun and unique experience. This is not a stuffy group of corporate followers, but a dynamic collaboration of thinkers ready to be proactive. That is undoubtedly the reason why I not only keep coming back to the LF, but why I get so excited about it.
As a Seattle local, what are your recommendations for conference attendees visiting Seattle for the first time?
I always recommend a walk through Pike Place Market: a lively, bustling market used by locals and visitors alike. Nowhere else in the city do you find all the trappings of local bests such as Beecher’s cheese (the curds are not to be missed), Market Spice Tea (the smell alone of this prized tea will forever bring me comfort) and the friendly fish mongers at the seafood stands who represent the epitome of respect for a local economy. Second to the Market I recommend a walk or jog along Highland Ave on Queen Anne to see the beauty of the city from Kerry Park Lookout.
Are you working on any exciting projects that you want to share with LF17 attendees?
I am so excited about two projects that frankly are blowing the doors off any Declare labels I have consulted on. One is Biome’s Taiga, an amazing air filtration and IAQ sensor system that uses NASA technology to cleanse the air. Proving that complex products can indeed adhere to the Declare program has been such a redeeming victory, and this is going to be a game-changer for all complex products moving forward. The other is Moore + Giles, a supplier of beautiful leathers, who has fearlessly taken on the challenge of Declare despite the lack of precedents. I couldn’t be more proud of these teams and to be a part of history to usher in two of the world’s first Declare labels in each category!