A leader in the sustainability charge, the architect, designer, and sustainability champion is the visionary the industry needs to reach ongoing environmental goals.
by Jenna Lippin
Jason F. McLennan, partner and CEO of McLennan Design and founder of the International Living Future Institute, has been dubbed a “troublemaker”—but in the best way possible. His work uncovered the importance of sustainability before it was a buzzword and movement in the design industry.
Starting his career as an architect, McLennan said he was focused on sustainability from the start of his path, focusing on its importance “before it was cool.”
MARKHAM, Ontario, February 9, 2018 /3BL Media/ — Mohawk Group’s Lichen carpet plank collection, which merges leading concepts in biophilic design and sustainability, was recently honored by BGIS with the Sustainable Product Award at its An Inspired Future event. The accolade was given on-site at the fifth biennial conference, which took place last week at the Hilton Markham Suites & Conference Centre in Markham, Ontario.
To fulfill a portion of the Living Product Challenge Petal Certification for the Lichen carpet plank collection, Mohawk Group reached out to a historic Atlanta college to engage in an innovative and symbiotic "handprinting" partnership.
To help offset the amount of water used to produce Lichen, the flooring company worked with Morehouse College to donate and install low-flow shower heads in the school's dormitories. The investment of these fixtures will result in a savings of approximately 1.2 million gallons of water annually.
Jason McLennan, founder of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and 2017 HIVE dean, worked for eight months with Mohawk to develop flooring that brought the natural beauty of lichen inside.
As he explains in this short video, Mohawk now offers nine carpets that honor a series of different species of lichen with unique growing patterns and colors.
Mohawk, Humanscale Breaking New Ground in Regenerative Product Design in the Living Product Challenge and World's Leading Product Certification Companies Partner to Accelerate Living Products
CHICAGO, June 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- The Living Product Challenge (LPC), introduced in 2015, is growing and scaling thanks to the commitment of courageous companies who are redesigning products and processes to work within natural and social systems, it was announced at Neocon World Trade Fair today. Neocon exhibitors Mohawk and Humanscale both debuted products created under the Living Product Challenge.
Humanscale, Owens Corning, Bureo and Garden Tower Meet a High Bar For Performance and Environmental/Human Health Integrity
PITTSBURGH, September 15, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Humanscale, Bureo, Owens Corning and Garden Tower Project have received Living Product certification for new and redesigned products that meet the high bar of the Living Product Challenge, that is, to design and manufacture products that function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. Turning inspiration into action, these forward-thinking companies were awarded new certifications at the second annual Living Product Expo, hosted by the International Living Future Institute September 13-15, 2016, in Pittsburgh.
The Ray C. Anderson Foundation sponsors and funds the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The Living Futures Institute has provided this additional $10K Living Product Prize as an incentive for more design teams to consider projects to create living products.
Provocative Conversation About Next Generation Product Manufacturing in the Heart of U.S. Steel Belt
September 13, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Can we grow rather than manufacture materials? Why does a labor union care about green and regenerative manufacturing? How are 3D printing and the circular economy revolutionizing our currently industrial economy? These questions and other provocative topics are on the table at the second annual Living Product EXPO, hosted by the International Living Future Institute this week, in the heart of America’s steel belt, Pittsburgh. For more information, visit the /3BL Media/Can we grow rather than manufacture materials?
Provocative Conversation About Next Generation Product Manufacturing in the Heart of the U.S. Steel Belt
August 24, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Can we grow rather than manufacture materials? Why does a labor union chief care about green and regenerative manufacturing? How are 3D printing and the circular economy revolutionizing our currently industrial economy? These questions and other provocative topics are on the table at the second annual Living Product Expo, hosted by the International Living Future Institute September 13-15, 2016, in the heart of America’s steel belt, Pittsburgh.