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Education Day at SF Mart Green Expo Features Design Leaders

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Sustainable design innovators, educators and manufacturers will converge upon San Francisco during the San Francisco Mart’s Live Green, Live Well sustainable home furnishings and design show September 19 & 20. With the green movement reaching a critical mass and moving into the mainstream, design professionals and home furnishings retailers will benefit greatly from the singular concentration on eco-friendly products and processes at Live Green, Live Well. The expo is the first trade fair solely dedicated to sustainable furnishings and design. Attendees will learn about viable product resources and ideas from exhibitors and educational programs. “Education is a very important component of this show,” states Roseann Carini, the SF Mart’s general manager. “Designers and retailers must understand sustainable terms, certifications and processes so that they can educate their clients and customers. The individuals we have presenting at the show are experts in the field, and attendees should be very edified by the caliber of educational content.” The seminars are being co-sponsored by ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers. “We believe that all responsible professionals must make a commitment to finding ways to diminish interior design's impact on the environment,” says Suzan Globus, FASID, President of ASID. “It is also a smart way of doing business.” Live Green, Live Well Educational Seminars [see below for seminar descriptions] Wednesday, September 19 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Practice Green Interior Design Now! Presented by Victoria Schomer, ASID, AIA, LEED-AP Principal, Green Built Environments 11 a.m.-Noon Dream Green Kitchens Presented by Jennifer Roberts, LEED AP Author, Good Green Kitchens 1-2 p.m. Let There Be Light, But Let It Be Green Presented by: David Bergman, LEED AP Principal, David Bergman Architect/Fire & Water Lighting Instructor, Parsons the New School for Design 1-2 p.m. From Fabric to Frame: Making Upholstery Green & Healthy Presented by Rowena Finnegan, certified Bau biologist; Owner, Healthy Home Design/Finn Design/Eco-terric Francisco Pinedo, CEO and Founder, Cisco Brothers Nicholas Greene, LEED AP, Design Consultant, Eco-terric 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sustainable Residential Interiors Presented by Annette Stelmack, Allied ASID, USGBC Proprietor, INSPIRIT; Former Design Director of Associates III 3-4 p.m. Sustainable Building: An Introduction to Implementing Green Building in Your Designs Presented by Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, USGBC, ADPSR Principal, organicARCHITECT 3-4 p.m. Going Green: Everything You Need to Know but Are Afraid to Ask Presented by Lydia Corser, USGBC, ADPSR, NKBA, CKD Principal, Eco Interiors Thursday, September 20 11 a.m.-Noon Full Circle Sustainability Presented by Gerry Cooklin CEO & Chairman, South Cone Founder & Chairman, Sustainable Furniture Council Live Green, Live Well will take place in SF Mart’s two main temporary exhibit areas: Green on 1 and Green on 2. The expo will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, earmarked as the education day co-sponsored by the ASID, and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 20. Entrance to the expo is complimentary to all trade professionals. Fees will be charged for all seminars. Advance reservations and prepayment are required. Visit www.sfmart.com/livegreen for seminar pricing. To RSVP, e-mail seminars@sfmart.com or call 415-437-7100. The San Francisco Mart is one of Northern California's premier wholesale design centers. Built in 1937 as the home of the Western Merchandise Exchange, the historic art-deco building continues to serve as a home furnishings and home accents center open to the trade only. Conveniently located in San Francisco’s Civic Center area, the SF Mart is situated close to freeways, public transit, major hotels, restaurants and other attractions.