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HOK Interiors: Sustainable Materials Initiative
HOK Interiors: Sustainable Materials Initiative

Tue, Apr 25



HOK Interiors: Sustainable Materials Initiative

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Time & Location

Apr 25, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT


About the event

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Our 1,600 team members collaborate across a network of 25 offices on three continents.

To make indoor spaces as healthy and pleasant as possible, HOK’s interior designers are specifying more environmentally responsible products and finish materials. HOK is focused on three elements of materials where we can have the most impact:

  • Embodied Carbon
  • Green Chemistry
  • Sustainable Sourcing

Their 2022 targets for every Interiors project are:

  • 85% to meet low-emitting certifications
  • 100% of wood products to be FSC-certified
  • 100% of office pantry equipment to be ENERGY STAR compliant
  • 65% to include embodied carbon GWP data
  • 65% to contain recycled content
  • 50% to meet third party material health certifications

At this session, HOK will share how they are aligning people, processes and tools to design healthy, sustainable interior spaces for all.

About Our Speakers:

Kelly Jordan has over 20 years of commercial interior design experience with both public and private clientele, including the design and renovation for corporate offices, retail banks, assembly and food service spaces as well as sensitive heritage restorations. Currently she is a firmwide leader for sustainable interior design with a focus on materials and their effect on climate change, human and environmental health.  Through the completion of the Healthier Materials and Sustainable Building Program at the Parsons Healthy Materials Lab (New York City), Kelly has gained a deeper understanding of the toxicity of common interior materials and the basics of green chemistry. As a passionate advocate for sustainability, she is spearheading the development of ARIDO’s (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) Sustainable Design Guidelines and Education Series.

Sara Garisto is a designer dedicated to creating spaces that bring forth exciting and new environments. She has a creative and respectful work ethic, forming designs that are both grounded and engaged through research and iterative design processes. Sara has three years of experience working in the industry, with a background in workplace, residential and cultural design. Her work focuses on creating inclusive and accessible spaces that succeed in both form and function.

Taylor Welsh has been working in the design industry for nearly a decade and has gained a broad range of experience in corporate, hospitality, retail and healthcare projects. She excels at finding creative solutions to unique design challenges and synthesizing complex information, and is focused on creating spaces that are human centered and driven by sustainability.


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