New York City, NY (PressExposure) December 16, 2011 -- Save A Sample! is pleased to announce Kim Farrah and Chris Youssef of the Perkins+Will Transparency Project as this year's Save A Sample! Scholarship Awards Celebration guest speakers. Kim and Chris will present a talk entitled The "Transparency Site: Creating a dialogue about harmful building materials in the design industry."
The Transparency Site, which is an outgrowth of Perkins and Will's Precautionary List, is the building industry's first database to detail substances that are known or suspected to be harmful to human health and the environment.
"By focusing on components commonly found in building materials, the original Precautionary List filters a mass of information regarding substances to arm architects and designers with the knowledge necessary to ensure they do no harm. The new Transparency Site is intended to educate architects and designers about asthma and flame-retardants by taking elements that are otherwise ignored and bringing them to the forefront of everyone's attention for discussion with each other and manufacturers. Again, we are looking toward a long-term goal of market transformation, but this time we are asking designers and manufacturers to engage in a dialogue," says Chris Youssef.
Kim and Chris will discuss the role of the Perkins+Will Transparency Site in changing how the design industry selects products for their projects.
The Save A Sample! celebration will be held April 26, 2012. To learn more about Save A Sample! or to find out about national, city and prize sponsorship opportunities, contact Save A Sample!'s coordinator, Jessica Garcia Fritz, at 212-352-2002 ext. 11 or send an email to:
The Save A Sample! event will be held April 3-5, 2012 in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington DC. Save a Sample! is design-materials recycling drive that creates a "second life" for unused brochures, fabrics, finish cards and other samples from design firms throughout the country. Through this environmentally-friendly venture, Save A Sample! provides design colleges, schools, and arts organizations with materials for their resource libraries and classrooms. Save A Sample! also raises money for Resource Library Scholarships at participating design schools.