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BIFMA Chemicals Summit Review

The BIFMA Chemicals Summit was held on April 21-22, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois at the Merchandise Mart.  It set forth the future direction for chemical responsibility in the furniture industry by: 

  • Examining what has happened over the last two years since our first summit such as the USGBC harmonization initiative, the release of LEED v4, the BIFMA Material IQ (MiQ) Pilot, and other initiatives. 
  • Communicating BIFMA's goal to align the ANSI/BIFMA e3 Furniture Sustainability Standard and level® Certification Program with the current  practices of identification, assessment and reporting of chemicals.

  • Shaping the future for our industry with respect to green chemistry leadership. 

Tuesday April 21 - Day 1

Opening Remarks: Tom Reardon, BIFMA (Transcript)

Keynote: Michelle Moore, International WELL Building Institute (Website:

Morning Presentations:
     a.  Harmonization Task Group Report - Denise Van Valkenburg, Herman Miller Inc. (Presentation)
     b.  Material IQ (MiQ) Pilot Overview - Steve Kooy, Haworth Inc. and James Ewell, GreenBlue (Presentation)


Understanding Harmonization Panel: Denise Van Valkenburg, Herman Miller Inc. (Presentation)
     a.  Sara Cederberg, USGBC (Presentation)
     b.  James Connelly, International Living Future Institute (Presentation)
     c.  Roger McFadden, Staples & HPD Collaborative Board (Website:

Material IQ Panel: James Ewell, GreenBlue (Website:
     a.  Deidre Hoguet, Designtex
     b.  Machell Apple, Victor Innovatex

Keynote: Paula McEvoy, Perkins+Will (Presentation)

Wednesday April 22 - Day 2

Keynote: Cheryl Durst, International Interior Design Association
- Design Leveraged publication referenced (Link)

Mapping the Complexity Session:
     a.  Jon Smieja, Steelcase Inc. (Complexity Map)
     b.  Pat Young, Byrne Electrical Specialists (Presentation)

Suppliers' Perspective Panel: Steve Kooy of Haworth, Moderator
     a.  Danielle Cavanaugh, Byrne Electrical Specialists
     b.  Paul Davis, Columbia Forest Products
     c.  Mike Wilson, Omni Plastics
     d.  Jeff Mellgren, Sherwin Williams

Keynote: Brendan Owens, USGBC (Presentation)

Photo Gallery  (downloadable photos are also available at Dropbox) 

Materials from BIFMA's 2013 Chemicals Summit: Link


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