Metroflor Corporation’s environmental and compliance manager, Arthur Clarke III, has been appointed a member of the newly created Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) Harmonization Initiative Technical Sub Group (TSG).

The goal of the Initiative is to remove ease-of-use, cost and complexity barriers to advancing the widespread use of material health reporting in the construction industry. The Harmonization Technical Sub Group members were appointed by the HPDC Technical Committee, following an open industry call for applicants.

“It's quite an honor to be working with such an esteemed and well-tenured group. It will be a collective effort among all members to determine how to best work towards the goal of harmonizing reporting methods related to product content and health information,” said Clarke.

The members of the HPDC Harmonization Technical Sub Group are:

Jennifer Atlee, PROSOCO; Catherine Bobenhausen, Vidaris; Arthur Clarke III, Metroflor; Wim Denecker, modulyss; Stacy Glass, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute; Nancy Hulsey, HKS; Casey Johnson, Forbo Flooring Systems; Monica Miller, ThyssenKrupp Elevator; Alexandra Muller, International Living Future Institute; Priya Premchandran, Google; Michelle Turner, Clean Production Action and Denise Van Valkenburg, Herman Miller.

“We are delighted that the harmonization work begun several years ago is now positioned to continue under the leadership of this newly formed Technical Sub Group,” said Wendy Vittori, HPDC’s executive director. “Having new members representing both users and manufacturers ensures we have a diverse set of viewpoints as we consider the next steps in implementing the harmonization of reporting methods. The benefits to the industry in streamlining the all-important data collection phase of this work are substantial.”

Metroflor’s COS, Rochelle Routman, added, “Arthur will be among the upper echelon of the environmental movement in the Harmonization TSG. These knowledgeable people are the ones we should be having philosophical discussions with regarding sustainability and particularly transparency.”

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