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BIFMA Webinar: 2024 Sustainability Trends in Interior Design with ASID

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) continue their collaboration to bring you valuable insights from industry experts with the 2024 Sustainability Trends in Interior Design. This moderated panel discussion will explore findings from Design Research by ASID featured in the ASID 2024 Trends Outlook and ASID Impact of Design Brief: Climate, Building Resiliency, & Human Health.

Almost two-thirds of Americans report experiencing an extreme weather event in the past year, and most Americans support making changes to reduce the effects of climate change, but not at the expense of altering American life. Beyond extreme weather events, interior designers now need to consider designing for warmer summers and everyday thunderstorms. Meeting client expectations while also incorporating more resilient strategies can be complex, however, the design process should adapt to respond to changes in our climate. Hear from design, research, and furniture leaders as they share strategies on how designers, manufacturers, and facility managers can address the implications of these issues.

Part of the BIFMA Learning Monthly Series, this free live virtual learning opportunity is open for all to attend including BIFMA and ASID members, designers, buyers, educators, and anyone interested in sustainability in the built environment. There is no fee to attend.

Secure your spot before May 23, 2024.


  • A&D Professionals
  • Sales/Marketing Professionals
  • Facility Managers, Owners & CEOs
  • Instructors and Students
  • Manufacturers of Commercial Furniture and Accessories
  • Suppliers to the Commercial Furniture Industry


Mary Ellen Mika;  Director of Sustainability; Steelcase

Mary Ellen Mika is Director of Sustainability at Steelcase Inc., where she leads a global team of over thirty people working in six countries. Her responsibilities include the company’s sustainability programs, its environmental strategy for ESG, and reporting progress to the Steelcase Board of Directors. Her team’s responsibilities span renewable energy procurement, setting science-based targets for greenhouse gas reduction, managing all compliance with environmental regulations, tracking and reporting waste, water, and energy usage, and proposing sustainability targets for product development. Her team implements the company’s ISO 14001 environmental management system and pursues product certifications for sustainability and indoor air quality.

Mary Ellen is a LEED-accredited professional and recently served on the Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group for U.S. Green Building Council. She lends her time and expertise to initiatives at the state and local level on energy and environmental issues. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and over thirty years of experience in environmental consulting and industry.

David Cordell, ASID Fellow, NCIDQ, LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador; Practice Leader, Associate Principal; Perkins&Will

David Cordell is an associate principal at Perkins&Will. With over 20 years of experience as a project designer and technical coordinator on ground-breaking projects, Cordell brings a particular focus on interior environments and their interaction with occupant health wellness, and sustainability. Cordell’s experience includes a variety of corporate, nonprofit, healthcare, and science and technology projects for clients of various sizes. For more than ten years he has been the sustainability leader for the interiors practice in Perkins&Will’s Washington, D.C. office. Cordell has worked on numerous LEED projects, several of which earned Platinum certification, including ASID’s headquarters, the first project in the world to also earn Platinum certification under the WELL Building Standard. He speaks regularly on topics related to healthy interior environments, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability.


Holley Henderson, LEED Fellow; Director of Strategic Partnerships and Education; Chemical Insights Research Institute

Holley Henderson is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Education for the Chemical Insights Research Institute of UL Research Institutes. Her background includes interior design, sustainability consulting, and providing education for the built environment community. A frequent speaker on sustainable design issues, she has presented for many groups including Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, IFMA World Workplaces, NeoCon, Greenguard Summit, Hospitality & Design (HD) Conference, CBRE World Conference, the International Convention Center Conference, as well as, numerous professional associations, academic institutions and corporate audiences. Holley is the author of the book Becoming a Green Building Professional.

Register here.


May 23
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT