Health, Wellness & Sustainability Committee

Committee Statement:

To raise awareness, share information, and advocate for human-centric and sustainable design by promoting a built environment focused on optimal health, safety, and wellness for all.

Committee Goals:

  • Share information and resources with ASID NY Metro membership
  • Create a unified voice and shared language around these topics
  • Share current advances in products and technologies
  • Educate through offering CEU credits
  • Curate panel presentation topics for membership meetings
  • Provide leadership and guidance to membership on further educational avenues on this topic

Upcoming Events

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Previous Events

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The Carbon Impact Inside | September 2022
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Work From Home (WFH) Empowerment through Ergonomics with Humanscale | February 2022

A Must-See Design Documentary (Online Screening) – Built Beautiful: An Architecture & Neuroscience Love Story | January 2022

Angst-Free Holidays with Wabi-Sabi & Robyn Griggs Lawrence | December 2021
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Design Direction for Autumn 2022’s Color Trends with Colour Hive | November 2021

Jane Abernethy, Humanscale’s CSO on Making a Positive Social Impact in Manufacturing | October 2021

HPMKT® Spring Picks: What’s Hot & Healthy | June 2021

Sustainability Made Simple | May 2021

Circularity: Trash as Treasure with Sustainable Furnishings Council and IceStone | April 2021

Rethinking Materials for Design with Parsons Healthy Materials Lab | March 2021

Healthy Design Choices - Unraveling Facts from Fiction  | February 2021

Easy Ways to Healthy Interiors with Annette Stelmack | January 2021

Committee Members

Founding Member
Maria Lomanto
Founding Member
Giselle Ulmo
Michelle Jacobson
Laura Krey
Monserrat Menendez
Phoebe Beachner
Dalia Forman
Meg Deshpande
Betsy Pascucci
Sarara Hasan


Bye Bye Mattress | A program that helps people easily dispose of their mattresses in a way that’s good for the community and the environment

Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) | An organization that develops market-based solutions for the recycling and reuse of post-consumer carpet and the increase of landfill diversion

The Good Future Design Alliance | A nationwide movement of design and built professionals who are willing to innovate their businesses for the planet’s sake.

Circularity | Material health research through the Healthy Materials Lab

FABSCRAP + donateNYC + Many Happy Returns | Instead of throwing your textiles away, donate or recycle them here

Material Health

Six Classes | Understand chemicals of concern and how to avoid their use

Healthy Materials Lab | Learn how to center your design choices around your client’s health

Healthy Buildings for Health | Learn about the effect indoor exposure to chemicals from building materials and products

HomeFree from Healthy Building Net | Guidelines on how to avoid toxic building materials.

Environmental Working Group (EWG) | An organization that shines the spotlight on outdated legislation, harmful agricultural practices, and industry loopholes that pose a risk to our health and the health of our environment 

Transparency by Perkins&Will | Browse substances of concern on the precautionary list

The Red List from The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) | The “worst in class” materials, chemicals, and elements known to pose serious risks to human health and the greater ecosystem that are prevalent in the building products industry

GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals | A method of identifying chemicals of high concern that provides options for safer alternatives

Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Collaborative | Aims for transparency and ingredient disclosures to become commonplace in the industry

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) - Looks at the environmental impact of a product

Material Sourcing

Ask these questions of each material/product sourced:

  • What is it made of?
  • How is it made?
  • Where is it made?
  • Does it require a finish?
  • How will it be installed?
  • Who will be exposed?
  • Where does it go at the end of its useful life?


Cradle to Cradle Certified™️ Products Registry | Find products assessed for material health, material reuse, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness

Declare. International Living Future Institute | Find products that have an ingredient label and are assessed against the Red-List of chemicals

Healthy Materials Lab Material Collections | Looking for a healthier material or building product? Begin to specify healthier, sustainable choices starting with the examples in their collection.

mindful MATERIALS -Save time sourcing and compare product certifications

SPOT® UL | Helps automate the sustainable product selection process

Climate Smart Wood | Easily source Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified products 

Wood Furniture Scorecard | Rankings for responsible wood sourcing from The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC)

GOTS the leading organic textile standard - GOTS | Standard setters and certifiers of world-wide recognised organic textiles

OEKO-TEX® - Tailor-made solutions for the textile and leather industry | A portfolio of independent certificates and product labels for textiles that have been tested for harmful substances and social responsibility

Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) | A coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry

Spec This, Not That: Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Projects | A guide to specifying for commercial projects by Building Green that is available for purchase

Expand your skills with additional credentials!

Healthier Materials & Sustainable Building Online Certification Program | A series of four, self-paced online courses offered by The Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design that bring consideration of human health to all aspects of design and building practices

WELL AP | Denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities around the world

LEED AP | Distinguishes those with advanced knowledge in green building, plus expertise in a particular LEED rating system

LEED AP Interior Design + Construction | Enables project teams who may not have control over whole building operations to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people

Living Future Accreditation | The professional credential that recognizes proficiency in the world’s most ambitious, advanced, and holistic sustainable design standards

TRUEAdvisor | Get recognized as a zero waste professional trained on the TRUE Rating System, understand the requirements of the rating system, help projects achieve TRUE certification, and commit to advancing zero waste values and policies

Fitwel Ambassador | Ambassadors are leaders and active participants in Fitwel’s healthy building movement. They are well-versed in the evidence-based connection between design and health, can integrate Fitwel’s strategies within projects, and are able to effectively navigate the Fitwel Portal to track progress and attain Fitwel Certification.

GREEN AP | 6-hour certificate course offered by Sustainable Furnishings Council that provides an excellent grounding in sustainability issues and offers practical solutions for growing an eco-friendly home furnishings business