Sourcing It: Erika Hanson @ ICFF 2007

With the emergence of LEED, interior designers are becoming more and more aware of the benefits of sourcing locally. But is local always a greener choice? And for designers who want more locally sourced materials where should they look? Industrial designer and educator Erica Hanson spoke on the issue at the Metropolis Conference: Design Entrepreneurs: Rethinking Energy at ICFF in May 2007. Using New York City as a case study and including examples of nation-wide resources, Hanson addressed issues such as the interior designer’s use of salvaged materials and recycled ingredients from the manufacturing end. Including concrete examples of where to look and what to look for, Hanson’s presentation gives a fresh perspective on designing close to home for a greener tomorrow.

Erika Hanson is a designer and consultant specializing in sustainable materials and production. With a background in industrial design and environmental science, Erika works with companies drawing from a decade of experience in fabrication and project management. Based in New York City, Erika also creates sculptural pieces and has taught at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design.

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