Materials Matter


Materials Matter is a five-session series delivering comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing and selecting healthy, sustainable materials. Sessions will delve into the impact of materials on the environment and human health, the tools and data available for assessing and prioritizing materials, and strategies for integrating informed decision-making into projects and practice.

Speakers will reveal the perspectives of project team members and other partners connected with materials and share the learnings and approaches of successful projects. This series offers guidance on navigating the complex landscape of disclosures and transparency in order to assess and reduce the environmental and health impacts of products. Sessions will include presentations, panels, case studies, and activities. Participants will walk away from each session with action items for integrating the curriculum into their work.

Materials Matter Series Dates

Session 1: Healthy Planet + the Environment
Friday, November 10, 2017

Session 2: Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health
Friday, December 8, 2017

Session 3: Tools of the Trade: Assessment + Implementation
Friday, January 12, 2018

Session 4: Just Do It: Strategies for Projects
Friday, February 9, 2018

Session 5: Beyond Transparency: Materials Disclosure + Practice
Friday, March 9, 2018


"Excellent presentations and great engagement with other attendees; left feeling better informed and aware of pushing the LCA agenda."

"Really important material for architects to absorb and include in their work!"

"I came in looking for answers and ended up asking more questions, but newfound tools and resources to come up with the best answers for me."


Steering Committee

  • Chantal Alvarenga, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP, City of Philadelphia
  • Jill Betters, CDT, CertainTeed
  • Tracy Marcotte, PhD, PE, CVM
  • Denise Thompson, AIA, Francis Cauffman
  • Alexandra Wysocki, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Francis Cauffman

AIA Philadelphia Staff:

  • Julianne Foley, Member Services & Events Manager
  • Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director