The Path to Red List Free Affordable Housing

27 Sep 2023
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The Path to Red List Free Affordable Housing

The Path to Red List Free Affordable Housing

27 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Susan Puri
    Susan Puri
    Director of Affordable Housing at International Living Future Institute
    Susan Puri is the Director of Affordable Housing and has been with ILFI since 2018. She oversees the creation of resources, education, events, and other programmatic support for the Institute’s Affordable Housing Program. Originally from the Atlanta area, Susan attended Georgia Tech where she received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Masters of City and Regional Planning, with a focus on Affordable Housing Development. Prior to joining ILFI, Susan worked in architecture, green building consulting, and urban planning. After five years in the Pacific Northwest, she has recently relocated back to Atlanta.
  • Ryan Johnson
    Ryan Johnson
    Materials Researcher at Healthy Building Network
    Ryan Johnson is a Materials Researcher for Healthy Building Network (HBN). He holds a BS in Chemistry and an MS in Environmental Health Sciences. Ryan’s interest in building materials began as a student working part-time conducting CDPH emissions tests. From there he moved on to a full-time position in the Indoor Exposure Assessment section at the California Air Resources Board. After taking a hiatus from work in the built environment for a number of years, he began working for HBN in 2019. Ryan is a LEED Green Associate. He currently works with the HBN research team to stay on top of trends in building product formulations, and generating guidance aimed at reducing the human and environmental health impacts of building materials.
  • Gladys Ly-Au Young
    Gladys Ly-Au Young
    Partner at SKL Architects
    A founding partner of Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects, Gladys Ly-Au Young is driven by a social purpose to design earth-friendly, community-based places that function well, create belonging, and promote health and well-being. With a core conviction that affordable housing should provide an equitable housing solution to people and the planet, Gladys' Ulex limited equity cooperative affordable housing is a pilot project in ILFI’s Affordable Housing Framework Program, with the goal to achieve petal certification in Place, Equity, and Materials. In addition to ILFI, she collaborates closely with other organizations to promote using Red List Free materials in affordable housing. Gladys holds a Social Justice Graduate Certification from Harvard Extension School, a Master of Science in Sustainable Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University. She has applied a deep understanding of sustainable design and thoughtful design integrity to projects for 30 years.

Key takeaways

- Explain the health impacts of Red List chemicals and the necessity to avoid them in building products.

- Learn which categories of products contain the best and most options for Red List Free materials.

- Assess how to set scaleable goals to start integrating healthy materials into a higher volume of projects.

- Plan for ways to become an advocate for healthier affordable housing in your community.