International Living Future Institute

Living Products: Three Case Studies of Regenerative Design [Free, On Demand]

This is a recording of a live webinar that was presented on July 25, 2017.

The Living Product Challenge was launched with a bold vision – design a beautiful, healthy product that makes the world a better place through its very creation.

Three inspirational companies: Mohawk Group, Humanscale and Bureo have now taken on this challenge and are demonstrating that regenerative products are possible. During the Living Products: Three Case Studies of Regenerative Design webinar, learn how these companies are leveraging the Living Product Challenge framework to upend the current manufacturing paradigm.

This presentation is moderated by Tristan Roberts, Chief Strategy Officer of BuildingGreen and is a ramp up event for the 3rd annual Living Product Expo, held September 12-14 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Tristan Roberts, Chief Strategy Officer, BuildingGreen
In addition to his role at BuildingGreen, Inc. as Executive Editor and Publisher, Tristan Roberts was recently a guest researcher at Stanford University. He’s currently a little obsessive about supporting professionals in doing their best work so that their organizations can thrive environmentally, socially, and economically. Tristan is a longtime author of in-depth articles on and is a daily presence on He is often called to speak on choosing green building materials, avoiding greenwash, and navigating green building programs like LEED and LBC. He operates a small farm in Vermont.

Rami Vagai, Sustainability Manager, Mohawk Group
Rami Vagal, Sustainability Manager at Mohawk Group, is a multi-disciplinary professional with strong background in sustainability, architecture and construction. Rami is responsible for managing the strategic projects, annual corporate sustainability report (GRI), product transparency, and health and wellness initiatives at Mohawk. Rami received her bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai and worked as an architect before moving to the US for Master’s degree in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. In the US, Rami has worked as an architect and sustainability consultant gaining in-depth knowledge of architecture and engineering systems and sustainable design. At Mohawk, Rami’s work involves strategic projects on key topics such as the business of sustainability, biophilic design, social sustainability, circular economy, supply chain, health and wellness in the built environment. Additionally, Rami holds a LEED AP with BD+C specialty and a WELL AP.

Ben Kneppers, Co-Founder, Bureo
As active COO at Bureo, Ben Kneppers (BS Mech. Eng., MS Sustainability) directs Bureo’s social and environmental programs and leads all operations in Chile. During his career, he has managed sustainability research projects and programs in five different countries with his last being at Fundación Chile in Santiago prior to starting Bureo in 2013. He is internationally recognized for his work in life cycle assessment (LCA), and has been published in numerous reputable sources. During the past 4 years, Mr. Kneppers established recycling operations in Chile and led the collection/recycling of over 150 tonnes of material. He has coordinated all relationships in Chile, and led the sustainability direction at Bureo.

Jon Strassner, Director of Worksplace Strategy, Humanscale
Jon has been with Humanscale since 1996, and has enjoyed being a part of Humanscale’s progression to an industry leader in people, productivity and workstation functionality. In his 20 years with Humanscale, Jon has served as Canadian Sales Director and North American Director of A&D. Jon is currently the Director of Workplace Strategy, a role that has him deeply involved in the design industry to better understand industry trends, salient conversations and inspiring stories. Jon’s role is to work harder to ensure that the Humanscale brand remains top of mind and relevant. Jon has had articles published in Contract magazine, Loft Life and Design at Work.

A LEED Accredited Professional since 2007, Jon is passionate about understanding the role Humanscale can play in the Net Positive Movement, where we don’t just take less from the environment, but rather create healthy and restorative places to work and live. Jon has been a speaker at a number of conferences, most recently the Central Pennsylvania GreenCon and the Delaware Valley Green Council Sustainability Symposium.