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Steve Kooy

Steve Kooy

Technical Director Health and Sustainability, Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA)

Steve has more than 15 years of experience as a sustainability professional in the furniture industry. He currently leads BIFMA’s Health and Sustainability programs including the e3/LEVEL sustainability certification program adopted by most commercial furniture manufacturers.

Steve also serves as chair of the board of mindful Materials, a 501c3 (pending) non-profit. mindful Materials works with industry leaders, be it owners, architects, manufacturers, government, etc, to define sustainable materials, provide a common location for sustainability data, and drive change in the built environment.

Prior to joining BIFMA, Steve worked in sales and business development for Intertek – a third-party auditor, certifier, and test lab. In this role, he worked with global furniture clients to properly test and certify products to electrical, mechanical, and sustainability standards.

Steve served as Haworth’s Global Sustainability/Open Innovation Manager for 10+ years as the built environment’s interest in green building flourished. Highlights at Haworth included: creating and driving well-being initiatives, setting sustainable design criteria for cleaner chemistry and responsible supply chains, and pursuing product certifications.  WELL and LEED experience includes managing or co-managing LEED certification projects in Asia, Europe, and North America as well as piloting the WELL certification in Shanghai and Los Angeles.

He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Civil/Environmental Engineering.