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How do you build a company with sustainability at its roots? You start from the ground up and let every possible decision be guided by a foundation of principles that keep the holistic, big-picture view in mind. That's exactly what Karen Jess-Lindsley, CEO of Lindsley Lighting, set out to do when she teamed up with her partner to start Lindsley Lighting. From leveraging minimalism and timeless design to using tactical decision-making—like building around RoHS-compliant components—Karen outlines some practical steps that both lighting designers and manufacturers can take to boost the sustainable practices of the entire industry.

As the buzz around sustainability continues to grow, a clear signal is emerging: designers and their clients want more transparency in the products and materials they specify. Our cross-sectional industry panel — Melissa Mattes, Karen Jess-Lindsley, Jonathan Penndorf, Reiko Kagawa, and Jane White — breakdown designer and manufacturer mindsets on one of lighting's most impactful topics, and discuss how the design community can continue to advance frontiers on sustainable practices.

A documentary about sustainability, focused on the built environment and the future of our planet.



Jane White, President, Finelite

Jon Penndorf, Associate Principal, Perkins&Will Melissa Mattes, Senior Designer, Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting

Ryan Poole, Global Sustainability Leader, DPR Construction

Sustainability Initiative leader, Karen Jess-Lindsley | CEO, Lindsley Lighting


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2020 AIA Oregon Architecture Awards

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Meier and Frank Building Redevelopement

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The Nature Conservancy Boulder Office

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PAE Living Building

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Meier & Frank Building

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