|This NASA building contains a range of Cradle to Cradle certified products, including the panels, louvers, architectural glass and countertops.|
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has created a new Certification Standards Board. This board, which includes members Paul Murray from Shaw Industries and Rudi Daelmans from Desso, will oversee the ongoing development of Cradle to Cradle certification.
“The establishment of the Certification Standards Board as the main governance body of the product certification methodology is a milestone for the Institute, a further step in our effort to create a more public and responsive standard,” said Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute President Bridgett Luther.
According to Stacy Glass, executive in residence, built environment for the Institute, the move allows the Institute “to have the proper structure to make this certification robust and industry-driven. The people represented on this board are true pioneers and are very familiar with Cradle to Cradle.”
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is the non-profit, third-party certifier of the Cradle to Cradle certification protocol, and is co-founded by William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart. “Many people have been inspired by the Cradle to Cradle design philosophy. MBDC [private consulting firm McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry] rolled out the non-profit Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute about a year and a half ago so certification can sit directly with the Institute,” Glass explained.
|Stacy Glass, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute|
The Institute’s new Certification Standards Board includes: Adam Lowry, Method; Angela Nahikian, Steelcase; Christoph Semisch, Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency; Gabe Wing, Herman Miller; Jay Bolus, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC); Dr. John Warner, Warner Babcock; Maureen Gorsen, attorney; Paul Murray, Shaw Industries;
Rudi Daelmans, Desso; and Dr. Susan Klosterhaus, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
“The Institute and the new board will play a critical role in Cradle to Cradle certification, and create an incentive for continual improvement in the environmental and social qualities of the products people use,” noted board member Adam Lowry.
For more information, visit www.c2ccertified.org.