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green not just for specifiers A manufacturing CEO gains insights by earning his LEED accreditation by Glen Hussmann, LEED AP We spend a lot of time talking with interior designers, architects, building owners, and facilities managers about environmental stewardship. I am always inspired by the energy, creativity, and resourcefulness that characterizes these discussions about the sustainable environment. Our customers feel a keen responsibility to move sustainability forward by embracing best practices in green design and purchasing. As a manufacturer, we share that passion and take our responsibility seriously. We understand that we can empower specifiers by providing them with innovative products, services, and tools that continually improve quality standards and environmental performance. As a floorcoverings manufacturer, it would be easy to focus on the floor. But sustainability isn’t just about solving one piece of the puzzle. Manufacturers need to take a holistic view of the built environment and how our products can be a more effective piece of the global picture. One of the best frameworks for understanding sustainability is LEED. It’s an evolving structure for continuous improvement that is available to everyone—even a CEO of a manufacturing company. LEED is becoming central to the sustainability dialogue so it just made sense to become a LEED AP. I’m often asked why I made LEED accreditation a priority. There seems to be a perception that CEOs are too busy to become LEED accredited. On the contrary, why wouldn’t we pursue opportunities to learn about new technologies and practices, embrace innovation, and partner with specifiers to solve ongoing challenges? The experience has given me new insights into the challenges and opportunities of designers, architects, and building owners and managers. It’s been enlightening to walk through LEED-certified buildings with the designers and owners who had a vision and brought that vision to fruition. It’s impressive how knowledgeable and thoughtful they are about each decision, and it’s exciting to collaborate on a project like that. Very often they aren’t doing this for recognition or a trophy on the wall. They are doing it because they believe that it’s the right thing to do. USGBC and LEED provide a context and framework that helps expand new learning and ideas. Greenbuild, for example, showcases an overwhelming array of products all directed toward enhancing sustainability. I’ve always been curious and becoming a LEED AP has made me more so. I enjoy walk- Select No. 49 at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - January/February 2010

Contract - January/February 2010
Not Just for Specifiers
Designers of the Year
Legend Award
The 31st Annual Interiors Awards
Large Office
Small Office
Public Space
Adaptive Reuse
Environmental Design
Designers Rate: Ergonomic Seating
Less is More
Ad Index

Contract - January/February 2010