O Ecotextiles

SUMMER 2010

Healthy Child Healthy World is advancing the green movement and taking it to a new level - where style and wellness go hand-in-hand. The Healthy Home 2010 will follow the principles outlined in the book Healthy Child Healthy World - Creating A Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home and will serve as a community model to educate builders, interior designers, manufacturers and the general public on how to build, design and live in healthier homes.

The momentum of the green building movement has spurred tremendous breakthroughs in building science, technology and operations. While celebrating the economic and environmental impact of this revolution, there is an inherent need to apply the same rigor to keeping interior spaces as healthy and sustainable as the building shell. “Our goal with the Healthy House Tour 2010 is to bridge the gap between green buildings and healthy interiors. It is time to engage the passion of the interior design community so that they too recognize the new sense of responsibility to contribute to their client's overall quality of life as well as the health of the planet.”

The Interiors Advisory Board has created the guidelines for furnishing the Healthy Home 2010. Board members include:

Penny Bonda, FASID, LEED AP, Partner, Ecoimpact Consulting

Penny Bonda, a prominent writer and lecturer, is the founding chair of LEED for Commercial Interiors and the ASID Sustainable Design Council where she was instrumental in the development of REGREEN Residential Remodeling Guidelines. Her Design Green blog appears on Interior Design magazine’s online resource, The Green Zone. As a partner in the firm Ecoimpact Consulting, Penny assists businesses that embrace sustainable strategies as a portal to achieving a greater competitive advantage.

Annette K. Stelmack, USGBC LEED Faculty™, LEED® AP, Sustainable Design Consultant, Educator

Annette K. Stelmack is the founder and principal of Inspirit-llc instilling courage and life by inspiring future generations through a fusion of environmental stewardship and creativity. With 30 years of experience in the building industry, Annette is a nationally recognized design leader, educator and author - influencing proactive transformation in the building industry by synergistically sharing her passion, knowledge and strategies for sustainable design. As a loving activist and literate for environmental stewardship her educational programs target ecologically responsible design and living to all ages through curriculum development, continuing education programs, ASIDs Distinguished Speaker Series and as a USGBC LEED Faculty™ member.

Leslie Gage, LEED® AP, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

Leslie Gage is the Market Segment Manager for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. She oversees market outreach to the A&D and K-12 education communities; research and development for product environmental certifications criteria; and inter-office LEED advocacy. As the in-house architect she is acting consultant for published works aimed toward the design and construction communities and a representative of GEI at both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Her efforts are aimed at the ‘education of educators’ on designing healthier schools. Her speaking forums have included, but are not limited to USGBC Georgia, AIA Arkansas, NSSEA, and countless continuing education seminars across the continent.

Leigh Anne Vandusen, Owner, O Ecotextiles

Leigh Anne Van Dusen is committed to changing the way textiles are being made by proving that it's possible to produce luxurious, sensuous fabrics in ways that are non-toxic, ethical and sustainable. Together with her sister, co-founder Patty Grossman, Leigh Anne created a fabric collection that has garnered accolades and honors since it debuted at Decorex in 2007, where it won Best Merchandise from House & Garden magazine. In 2009, Environmental Building News and BuildingGreen named O Ecotextiles as one of the top 10 Green Building Products of 2008.