Coalesse, a live/work furnishings brand, has received the Designs for Dignity 2010 Sustainability Award, which is presented annually to an individual or organization which demonstrates the ability to develop policies or protocols to implement practices which help reduce their environmental footprint and advance Designs for Dignity’s sustainability initiatives. Coalesse is committed to environmentally-responsible design practices and materials and has several products that have earned SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) certification for indoor air quality protection. Coalesse requires all wood veneers sourced from outside of North America and approved European partners to be FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified to ensure fair, safe and responsible methods are used to harvest and process the wood. Coalesse has eight accredited LEED professionals on its team and has achieved LEED Certification for Commercial Interiors for its Chicago showroom. “We are thrilled to be honoring such an innovative company/showroom and certainly appreciate all that your team has done for Designs for Dignity over the past couple of years,” says Designs for Dignity’s director, Jennifer Sobecki. The award will be presented at the 2010 Spirit Awards Fundraiser on May 12, 2010, at the Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago. Designs for Dignity recognizes that constrained budgets of many non-profit organizations often preclude a comfortable and supportive physical environment. Designs for Dignity aims to transform existing non-profit spaces through pro bono design services and in-kind donations. The support of its Sustainability Circle helps designers create spaces that reflect the dignity of those seeking services at the non-profit organizations they serve. Sustainability Circle companies include: AIS, Allsteel, Armstrong, Benjamin Moore, Bernhardt Design, Carolina, Coalesse, Colori Paint, Design Atelier, DesignTex, Ebanista, First Office, Geiger, Global, Hag, Harter, HBF, HBF Textiles, Holly Hunt, InterfaceFLOR, Inwood, Izzy Design, Kohler, Kraus Karras, La-Z-Boy, Loewenstein, Luna Textiles, The Merchandise Mart, MDC Wallcovering, Morr Sharp, OEC Business Interiors, OFS Brands, Sina Pearson Textiles, Shaw Contract, Sonoma Construction, Steelcase, Tandus, The Tile Gallery, Versteel.
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