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Furnishing the workplace - targeting carbon zero

I am proud to be the moderator for WOD - Women in Office Design's forthcoming seminar on sustainability and the circular economy.


A panel of experts will gather at Perkins & Will's London office to discuss the important subject of sustainability in furnishing and fit-out industry and the audience will join online to attend and be a part of this conversation.
Fitout is responsible for 40% of energy in a building. Furniture from virgin resources contributes to 30% of the carbon footprint of a commercial building over its entire life. Join some of the UK’s leading players in the workplace sector to discuss how to tackle these issues. Key topics will include targeting carbon zero, moving towards circularity, inspiring the entire workplace community to focus on sustainability.

Speaker Bio:

Kate Vine, Principal (London office), Perkins + Will
Kate has a Masters Degree in Interior Design from New School, Parsons Design, New York and has worked at Perkins + Will for 17 years. She is championing the practice’s Net-Zero Now initiative.

Georgia Elliott-Smith, BEng, MIEMA, CEnv, Managing Director, Element Four
Georgia is an Environmental Engineer with over 20 years’ experience as a sustainability professional in the property and construction industry. Her expertise is now being applied within the furnishings sector.

Jamie Russell, Regional Director, Your Bureau
Jamie is sales director at Bureau with a particular focus on developing environmentally driven proposals. Bureau works with many leading manufacturers to deliver complete furnishing solutions and has recently published a Sustainable Procurement white paper.

Moderator: Joanna Knight,
 Sustainability manager at WOD.
Joanna is a marketing consultant, Council member at FIRA and previously Sales & Marketing Director at workplace services company, Amaryllis. In the first two decades of 2000, Amaryllis managed onsite repairs, remanufacturing, refurbishment and recycling of furniture and equipment assets for major public sector and corporate organisations

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