Healthier Flooring Information Exchange 2019


This day long workshop brought together manufacturers, purchasers, scientists and others to develop strategies to move towards healthier carpeting.

Workshop topics included:

  • health and environmental impacts of highly fluorinated chemicals
  • the emerging market for safer alternatives
  • obstacles to change and how to overcome them

When: February 14, 2019, 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Where: David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA

8:00 am Registration and Networking: Continental Breakfast

8:30 am Welcome, Objectives, and Introductions 

9:00 am Framing the Problem
Arlene Blum, PhD, Green Science Policy Institute
The Class Approach towards Healthier Flooring
Tom Bruton, PhD, Green Science Policy Institute
PFAS Updates
Rainer Lohmann, PhD, University of Rhode Island
Tracking Pollutants from Our Products to the Poles
Rachel Gibson, JD, Health Care Without Harm
Advancing Healthy Flooring in Health Care

10:00 am Break 

10:15 am Manufacturers’ Panel
Brief presentations from carpet & flooring manufacturers

11:15 am Discussion: Challenges for Functional and More Sustainable Flooring
Small group discussion, report back, and large group discussion

12:15 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Inspiring a More Sustainable Future
Lauren Heine, PhD, Northwest Green Chemistry
Identifying Healthier Alternatives
Nate Sponsler, JD, AFIRM Group
AFIRM Group History and Overview

1:45 pm Discussion: Moving Towards More Sustainable Flooring
Small group discussion, report back, and large group discussion

2:45 pm Break

3:00 pm Advice for Manufacturers
Martha Sandy, PhD
, California OEHHA
Prop. 65 and Safer Alternatives
Simona Balan, PhD, California DTSC
Safer Consumer Products: Advice to Manufacturers
Chris Geiger, PhD, San Francisco Dept. of the Environment
The Development of San Francisco’s Environmental Requirements for Carpet

3:45 pm Next steps, future plans, and possible commitments

5:00 pm End of Day