PIECES OF THE GREEN GIANT
Last night, USGBC Chicago toured the world's largest LEED-certified building, Merchandise Mart, as five furniture showrooms showed off their greens. HON's Amy Fries talked about moveable walls, which reduce waste when the company changes set-ups. We sought the wall’s opinion, but found these ones couldn’t talk.
Steelcase's Michael Smith and Terry McAllister showed off their mediascape, a couch/table combo that allows conference rooms to be set up comfortably and with multiple laptops connected to a TV. Steelcase, based in Grand Rapids, MI, gets most of its materials from a within small geographic radius. In addition to going green, it’s trying to adjust its projects to fit into a “post-cubicle” world, focusing on where furniture is throughout its lifestyle and better reusing pieces after they wear out.