Join BIFMA’S Monthly Learning Series For A Conversation on Environmental Justice

A Conversation on Environmental Justice

April 25, 2024 | Noon – 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Part of the BIFMA Monthly Learning Series. There is no fee to attend.


Environmental justice has become a pivotal aspect of broader sustainability discourse. Over the last decade, ways to measure progress toward a more livable future have increasingly incorporated attributes of human health & wellness. However, disparities in the distribution of these benefits have become evident. Delve into this highly informative conversation between three practitioners as they share their learning journey navigating the intersections of environmental justice and the built environment. Enhance your comprehension of the terminology in use, grasp the reasons behind the growing significance of this issue, recognize the need for an interdisciplinary approach, and understand your agency.


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



Danny McGee; Director of Innovation; Foresight Management

Danny McGee, Director of Innovation at Foresight Management, received his master’s degree in Building Systems Engineering at University of Colorado, Boulder, and his bachelor’s degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. McGee’s broad and diverse experience encompasses community development, energy modeling, urban farming, carbon accounting, volunteer management, product certification, and sustainable business consulting. His role at Foresight includes developing new services, overseeing research, and leading technical innovation for all carbon accounting, material analysis, and chemical management tools.

Fernando Ramirez, Co-founder and Designer Common Object

Fernando Ramirez is a designer dedicated to exploring the intersection of sustainability and community and how it drives value in design. Specializing in industrial design and furniture design he has left his imprint on diverse projects, collaborating with both major corporations and innovative startups. His deep commitment to sustainability propels him beyond conventional boundaries, driving him to explore pathways that lead into the realm of regenerative thinking.

Matthew VanSweden LFA, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C; Sustainability Lead; Progressive AE

Matthew is a national expert in climate justice and regenerative design. With more than two decades of experience in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry, he empowers clients and project teams to relentlessly pursue good, often dramatically exceeding their sustainability goals. As the new Sustainability Lead at Progressive AE, Matthew strategically identifies opportunities with the most significant impact, co-creating regenerative and inclusive design solutions that meet clients’ needs while revolutionizing what positive impacts are possible through climate-responsive design. Matthew is integral to the firm’s Sustainability Green Team. He sets firm-wide sustainability action plans, develops regenerative design goals and strategies, and leads decarbonization efforts.