C2C Certified™
Forum 2017

A gathering of the community of practice for certification holders and interested companies.​

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We are pleased to announce that the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is partnering with the Cradle to Cradle Association Germany (e.V.) and the C2C Congress in Lunenburg to host a Cradle to Cradle Certified Forum on Friday, 20 October 2017 for all companies with Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products, or who are working on certification projects and our assessor community.

The day will include a plenary session from Institute President, along with updates on the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ program and panel discussions.

Overall, our goal for the day is to gather our important community together for key conversations, feedback, and learning that will further our work collectively and individually.

Preliminary Agenda

Plenary from the President of C2CPII

  • 5 Year Strategic Plan
  • European Strategy

Cradle to Cradle Certification Program Update

  • Growth and trends
  • V4 development

Panel Discussions

  • Manufacturers Panel with representatives from Tarkett, Stella McCartney and Werner & Mertz
  • C2C Sector Initiatives: Built Positive and Fashion Positive

Keynote Talk

  • Charline Ducas of C&A 
  • Jeremy Sumeray Armstrong World Industries Limited​


A block of rooms are being held for your convenience at the event venue – Seminaris Hotel Lunenburg.

Special pricing per night: 

- Single: EUR 79

- Double: EUR 109

To secure your reduced rate, please reserve your accommodation via email [email protected] or by phone +49 4131 713 129, using reference "Cradle 2 Cradle" by October 4th. 

Please book at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment. 


Lewis Perkins, President at Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

A passionate advocate for “doing the right thing,” Lewis Perkins has served as president of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute since 2015. Perkins previously led the Institute’s Fashion Positive initiative, which engages fashion designers, manufacturers, brands and influencers in creating Cradle to Cradle Certified™ materials and products with the circular economy in mind. Perkins’ passion for sustainability and non-profit work has included strategic roles with organizations such as The Clean Air Campaign, 360i and USWeb/CKS.

He is an Ashoka and C&A Foundation Strategy Thought Partner for social entrepreneurs, a 2016 and 2017 member of the H&M Global Change Award Expert Panel, a Design Mentor for the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lexus Design Initiative – Eco Design Challenge Accelerator. A featured speaker at the 2016 World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Consumption, Perkins has been a featured speaker at the 2009 Forbes Magazine Green Visionary Series, Sustainable Brands, LOHAS Forum, the White House Council for Environmental Quality GreenGov Symposium and the 53rd and 54th annual Grammy Awards Green Summit panels. 

Dr. Susan Klosterhaus, VP, Science and Certification, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Dr. Klosterhaus is an environmental scientist with more than 15 years' experience studying the fate and toxicity of chemical contaminants in the environment. Prior to joining the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, she spent five years as the lead organic contaminant chemist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where she conducted water quality monitoring projects to support environmental management and policy development for San Francisco Bay. At SFEI she led research on contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic environments and developed an expertise in the identification and analysis of flame retardant chemicals used in consumer products.

Before moving to the Bay Area, Dr. Klosterhaus was a research scientist in laboratories at the University of Maryland and the University of South Carolina, where she conducted studies on the accumulation and toxicity of chemical contaminants in aquatic ecosystems. She earned her Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from the University of Maryland and her master of science in public health from the University of South Carolina.

Cecilia Strömblad Brännsten, Circular Economy Lead at the H&M group

Cecilia Strömblad Brännsten is Circular Economy Lead at the H&M group. As a Sustainability Business Expert on Circular Economy and sustainable materials she is leading the work on H&M’s 100% circular strategy including the goals of having a circular approach to how products are made and used and only using recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030.

Cecilia has worked at H&M since 2004 and she is involved in several global collaborations on circularity and sustainable materials such as responsible for the partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the C2C fashion +, the leaders working group of the Canopy style Initiative, a member of the investment committee of the Organic Cotton Accelerator etc.

Katja Hansen, Senior Consultant with EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung

Katja Hansen is an acknowledged practitioner, trainer and lecturer in urban, product- and process development using the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Design framework also in the context of the Circular Economy. She is the conceptual founder and co-author of the published Nutrient Certificate concept, also known as Material Passports, which is key for material flows. She is co-developer of an ongoing €10 million Horizon2020 R&D initiative on passports called BAMB – Buildings as Material Banks.

Katja has a degree in environmental engineering and has specialised expertise in for example bio-based materials, wastewater re-use and improving soil quality in urban environments as well as building related aspects such as indoor environmental quality. She works as a senior consultant with EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung, is on the advisory board of the Cradle to Cradle e.V. and a research fellow at Technische Universität München as well as lecturer for the EMF/Bradford CE executive training course. Katja is the coordinator of the recently launched Healthy Printing Alliance, a network aiming to optimize print products (graphic + packaging) so they can be recycled safely and, after several high-quality re-use cycles, returned to the biosphere (www.healthyprinting.eu). 

Charline Ducas, Leading the development of C&A’s Circular Economy Strategy

Charline is leading the development of C&A’s circular economy strategy, which includes sustainable materials and sustainable products, globally. In that capacity, she is able to combine her passion for materials, innovation and sustainability.

Charline has over a decade of international experience in sustainability in the fashion industry. Prior to C&A, she has worked for Textile Exchange as their sustainability specialist and adidas in various roles of materials research, development and innovation. Her education background includes a Master's of Science in textile engineering. She is native French and is currently living in Brussels, Belgium.

Rudi Daelmans, Desso/Tarkett Group Sustainability Scouting and Advocacy Director

Rudi Daelmans has been a sustainability Director for Desso since 2007. As part of the Tarkett group of companies, Desso is a leading brand for sustainable and innovative carpet floors and pioneers in the consistent implementation of the Cradle to Cradle® concept. Today Desso in a brand of Tarkett where Daelmans fulfills the role of Group sustainability scouting and advocacy Director where, in a global context he is supporting the director sustainability in the different regions on trends in sustainability and leads the effort on the responsible use of PVC.

Rudi Daelmans has 30 years of experience in the production of textile floor coverings. After he was responsible for Desso's "Development & Quality" department, he took over the area of sustainability there. In both positions, Daelmans developed the Cradle to Cradle® Vision for Desso and has been supporting the company's implementation since then. As an experienced advocate and pioneer in the implementation of the Cradle to Cradle® concept, Daelmans is part of an expert team at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute in the USA. He is active in several international project groups on the subject of the circular economy. This includes, among others, The "Mainstream" project, a collaboration between EMF and WEF and the CE100.

Nora Sophie Griefahn, Executive Director of the Cradle to Cradle Association

Nora Sophie Griefahn is member of the executive board and co-founder of the Cradle to Cradle Association Germany and environmental scientist with a focus on sustainable chemistry. She studied at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Technische Universität Berlin, as well as the Goethe University Frankfurt. Studying abroad led her to the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, the University of Copenhagen, to the USA and France.

In her work for the C2C association she develops strategies for an increasing impact of the association on the whole society and shapes the rapid growth of the young organisation. Moreover, she assumes teaching activities for the C2C Association Germany, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida. Since 2012 she holds keynote at international conferences, such as the Fourth International Symposium on Green Chemistry for Environment, Health and Development at the TU Berlin, on several church congresses and expert conferences.

Tim Janßen, Member of the executive board and co-founder of the Cradle to Cradle Association Germany

Tim Janßen is a member of the executive board and co-founder of the Cradle to Cradle Association Germany. He studied business and economics at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg and the University in Vienna. As a study focus Tim Janßen chose entrepreneurship & innovation as well as sustainable and resonsible management. Furthermore, he gives lectures at the Leuphana University Lüneburg about Cradle to Cradle regularly.

Timothy Glaz, Head of Corporate Affairs for Werner & Mertz

Timothy Glaz is Head of Corporate Affairs for Werner & Mertz, a family-owned cleaning and personal/home care company founded in 1867. EMAS certified since 2003, the company is an active driver of initiatives for up-cycling plastics and for the replacement of palm kernal oil. An expert on legal frameworks and the implementation of circular economy solutions, Glaz previously served as Head of Sustainability for DSD-Der Grüne Punkt (packaging and recycling), Global Key Account Director for Nestlé, and as Head of the Environmental Department for Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE), the Federal German Retail Association.

Glaz received a law degree from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. He holds several board positions and association memberships, and is a past member of the board of directors for Markenverband (German Branded Goods Manufacturing Association). Timothy Glaz (1960) is married and has three children.

Debra Guo, Sustainability Manager at Stella McCartney

Debra joined Stella McCartney in 2016 and is the Sustainability Manager. Before joining Stella McCartney, Debra was a sustainability and climate change consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she primarily worked with Kering on their annual Environmental Profit & Loss. The E P&L is an innovative tool that quantifies and monetises the impact a business has on the environment from the production of raw materials used to its direct operations. In her role at Stella McCartney, Debra works with suppliers and supply chain teams to implement sustainable sourcing initiatives and reduce the environmental impact of the supply chain.

She holds a Master of Science in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics & Politics, and Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Oxford.

Jeremy Sumeray, Senior Segment Manager, Sustainability at Armstrong World Industries Limited

Heading up sustainability for Armstrong Ceilings across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Jeremy is responsible for the development of sustainable ceiling systems. An early adopter and practitioner of Circular Economy thinking, Jeremy introduced Cradle to Cradle certification into Armstrong who are the only ceiling tile manufacturer with this accreditation.

Previous roles were as Director of Strategy at the UK Green Building Council as well as co-authoring the UK Government and industry Sustainable Construction Strategy, launched in the summer of 2008

Caleb Bushner, Chief Strategy Officer at Free Range

Caleb is the Chief Strategy Officer of Free Range, a consultancy that helps purpose-driven organizations use design and innovation to grow their business. Free Range has done creative and strategy work with global brands ranging from Cradle to Cradle to Rainforest Alliance and Nespresso. Prior to Free Range Caleb has worked in marketing and strategy roles at Digitas, Adobe, and two tech startups.

Caleb has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Political Science, and an MBA in sustainable entrepreneurship. When he’s not working he races bikes and blogs on sustainable menswear (and business strategy, of course).

Owen Zachariasse, Innovation & Sustainability at Delta Development Group

Owen Zachariasse is responsible for all Innovation and Sustainability activities within the Delta Development Group. Over the last 12 years Delta has deeply embedded Cradle to Cradle and Circular Economic principles into the heart of its business. Within his role Zachariasse links upstream acquisition to downstream realization with the mandate of delivering on, and ensuring the continuous improvement of Delta's key principles behind innovation and sustainability, leadership, creating and leveraging networks within its developments and building/running an effective, transparent, and efficient innovation process. ​

In addition to his work at Delta, Zachariasse is a Principle Partner at Delta's offshoot advice agency "Zachariasse Consulting", is active in a number of local charities and serves as a guest lecturer on the topics of real estate development, business management and change management at The Hague University of Applied Science.