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Metroflor’s Routman to participate in Living Product Expo 2017 panel

metroflor-newNorwalk, Conn.—Rochelle Routman, Metroflor’s chief sustainability officer, will participate in a panel during the Living Product Expo Sept. 12-14, in Pittsburgh, Pa. “Innovation and Market Disruption: Lessons from the Field” will feature four perspectives on how to successfully disrupt the industry and create change by challenging current ways of thinking, exploring new solutions, educating and inspiring action.

Along with Routman, who will represent the manufacturing sector, the other panelists span the consulting world, a design practice and a non-profit. Attendees will hear what has and hasn’t worked for creating transformative change within an organization to achieve sustainable outcomes. Through interactive exercises, attendees will learn ways to integrate these strategies to maximize results within their own professions or organizations.

“[The] panelists will describe their unique characteristics which have helped them accomplish what at times may have seemed impossible,” Routman said. “This panel, which will surely be a fantastic close to the Expo, will help our audience assume the challenge to drive change related to health and wellness in the built environment with gusto, bravery and confidence.”

The other panelists are: Sonja Bochart, principal, Shepley Bulfinch (moderator); Jeff Frost, project manager and healthy materials specialist, Brightworks Sustainability; and Bill Walsh, founder and president, Healthy Building Network.

“Innovation and Market Disruption: Lessons from the Field” will be presented Sept. 14, 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Living Product Expo.

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Metroflor’s Routman to lead Sustainatopia conference panel

Rochelle Routman_2_croppedNorwalk, Conn.—Metroflor’s chief sustainability officer Rochelle Routman will lead the “The Voice of New China Manufacturing” panel during the Sustainatopia conference in San Francisco, May 8-10. She will be joined by two Chinese colleagues for a candid discussion about sustainability in Asia, with a focus on product and social transparency.

The panel will demonstrate how the new generation of manufacturers in Asia is embracing sustainability, transparency and environmental and social responsibility in addition to product innovation, taking inspiration from their American partners and opening their doors to their customers.

“Thousands of American companies manufacture products in China, and many do their best to hide that fact,” Routman said. “But our company is taking a very different, much more transparent approach. Metroflor Corp./Halstead Group’s deep and decades-long partnership with Asian manufacturing partners has created a model of how social responsibility within a model of transparency can be possible for any company doing business in China. We are proud to come together to have this important discussion.”

The panel will present on May 10 from 10:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. For more information, visit sustainatopia.com