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Interview with Lisa Conway, the 2021 CHRYSALIS AWARDs Keynote Speaker

Lisa Conway will be graciously joining the award ceremony to speak about Interface's mission to reverse global warming – Climate Take Back, and the work of the program Interface co-founded – the materials Carbon Action Network (materialsCAN).

Lisa was kind enough to speak to us about her excitement for the ceremony and her hope for the future of green building. Please see below for her responses:

What excites you about the CHRYSALIS AWARDS?

It has been a long 15 months. The CHRYSALIS AWARDS give us a chance to come together and celebrate the positive work that has happened anyway!

Why are you excited to speak at this event?

The people that submit projects and attend events like the CHRYSALIS AWARDS are some of the most engaged in the community, and I hope to provoke the crowd to think about healthy buildings in a new way. The pandemic has amazingly made people ready to take on more, knowing that we need to evolve. I’ve never experienced so much collaboration as I have in the last year. I’m excited about the future, and I hope to inspire others as well.

Due to the global pandemic, a lot of people are spending a lot more time at home. What’s your #1 tip for harnessing health and happiness at home?

I can’t have just 1, but I don’t think it’s any different than at work:

  • Connect with the outdoors while working (biophilic design) and through fresh air and walks.

  • Hug the people you can.

  • Buy/specify with intention.

  • Music! My recent loves have been jazz and reggae. Both lower my natural anxiety level.

  • Drink lots of water (I am still not good at this)

Lisa Conway, VP Sustainability – Americas, Interface

Lisa Conway serves as VP of Sustainability, Americas for Interface – the global flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. She and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. She is passionate about bringing awareness to the interconnectedness of environmental sustainability and human health. To drive understanding of the impact of carbon on human health, Lisa and her team provide educational programming around the need for transparency and prioritization of embodied carbon in specifications within the building industry. She co-founded the materials Carbon Action Network (materialsCAN) in 2018 to mobilize this effort. Lisa also serves on the Sustainable Advisory Board for Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business and is on the Executive Board of Directors of the non-profit Building Transparency. She was named to “CoreNet’s 36 Under 36” in 2015.

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