Amsterdam: Sustainability Collaboration ILFI + Aspecta| Netherlands Collaborative

Thursday  13 December  2018  4:30 PM    Thursday  13 December  2018 7:15 PM
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Looking to learn more about creating a Living Building, or Biophilic Design? Eager to join a community of people looking to create a world which is socially just, culturally rich, and ecolgoically restorative? 

Join the Netherlands Collaborative + Aspecta B.V. for this educational sustainability event!

Aspecta is positively disrupting the materials marketplace by participating in ILFI's JUST + Declare programs, openly sharing their products' ingredients with the public. They will share the benefits they have seen from participation in these transparency, + equity labels, and why they encourage others to participate in the conversation.

This event will take place at the beautiful CIRCL building, in front of the ABN AMRO Head Office in Amsterdam.

Further Agenda details will be emailed to registered attendees.


4:30 Doors open; Tours of CIRCL building (2), networking and appetizers

6:15 Welcome Marcel Kies, Aspecta

6:10  Talk: A Living Future for Europe (Carlo Battisti)

6:30: Talk: Leading a World-Wide Movement in Transparency (Rochelle Routman, Aspecta)

6:50: Talk: The Netherlands Collaborative (Gerrit-Jan Teunissen, Facilitator Netherlands Collaborative)

7:15: Lottery gifts, more networking, and event concludes



Global CEO, Aspecta Flooring

An International Sales & Marketing oriented Business Manager with over 30 years of experience in the flooring industry (building & construction) in both B2B and B2C business environment. Always withholding a leadership position, in a Multinational Business and Management environment, working with Multicultural people and teams.

His employment history is as follows;

  1. Aspecta Luxury Vinyl Flooring (ERME, USA, APAC), Roosendaal, The Netherlands

Worlds TOP 3 manufacturer and distributor of Luxury Vinyl Flooring, with two manufacturing plants in China

Position: Global CEO

2014 to present

  1. Amorim Revestimentos SA, Oleiros, Portugal

The world’s largest Cork manufacturer with 18 manufacturing plants in Spain & Portugal

Position: Global Sales & Marketing Director Amorim Flooring division

2005 to 2013

  1. Amorim Benelux BV, Tholen, The Netherlands

Benelux Sales organization of Amorim Revestimentos S.A.

Position: CEO

1992 – 2004


Rochelle is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Halsted International, Aspecta and Metroflor, leaders in the resilient flooring and decorative products industry. In this role, Rochelle draws from her background in the natural sciences and her passion for environmental and human health. Rochelle is responsible for guiding a comprehensive sustainability strategy at all global operations. She leads the Product Authority Team, whose mission includes Innovative products, unparalleled customer engagement, and outstanding sustainability leadership. Rochelle and her team continue to evolve their market-leading position for the resilient flooring industry in both product and social transparency.

Prior to venturing into the flooring industry, Rochelle led corporate sustainability efforts within the electric utility and the aerospace industries. In these leadership roles, she launched environmental management systems and began engaging diverse audiences in discussions related to sustainability with the intent of generating positive action.

Rochelle earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in geology from University of Georgia before pursuing a Master’s of Science in Public Policy with a focus on Environmental Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology, which recognized her as the most outstanding alumni in 2015. She is a registered Professional Geologist, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, a LEED Accredited Professional (O+M) and a Living Building Challenge Ambassador. In 2014, Rochelle was recognized as one of the top 10 most powerful women leaders in sustainability. In 2017, she organized the Women in Sustainability Leadership Alumnae Group, and is now the Chair of that group.

Rochelle continues to seek the truth and supports those that are taking action to address pressing environmental issues, speaking frequently about product and social transparency, and the need for businesses to embrace this mindset.


Sustainable Innovation Consultant and Project Manager.

Degree in Civil Engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, about twenty years of experience in construction
companies, with different roles. Master in Management and Organizational Development at MIP, the
Business School of Politecnico di Milano. Certified Project Manager IPMA®. LEED®, Living Future and WELL
Accredited Professional. GBC Home AP, GBC Historic Building AP. USGBC® and WELL Faculty™.
Since 2009 he has been working with IDM South Tyrol of Bolzano as project manager in the Ecosystem
Construction. Since 2017 he is working also with EURAC research as Chair and project manager of the COST
Action 16114 RESTORE.

From 2010 to 2011 he has been working as manager of the business unit for sustainable products,
contributing to the growth of the Energy and Environment Cluster of Trentino. From 2015 to 2016 he was
co-owner of a startup focused on LEED consulting. In 2015 he co-founded the Living Building Challenge
Collaborative: Italy.

From 2018 he is (Interim) European Executive Director for the International Living Future Institute.

Blogger at | the Sustainable Innovation Management Blog.


WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP BD&C/O&M, LBC Ambassador Presenter, consultant at TRAJECT Adviseurs & Managers, certification of new and existing buildings in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Living Building Challenge and WELL. Expertise in building health & sustainability, energy technology, - measurement, - cost structures, - saving and management experience.

As a consultant in energy and sustainability at TRAJECT, he gained experience in green building (design as well as operations and maintenance) in sustainable projects in the Netherlands and in abroad countries (e.g. Brazil, Dubai, Hungary, Switzerland). His contribution to project teams are energy technology consultancy, cost calculations, Integrative Design management, management consultancy, integration management, commissioning, maintenance planning etc.

Specialties: Integration of health and sustainability in design and construction of new buildings (Integrative Design) and in operations & maintenance of existing buildings. Intermediation in energy cost allocation to building tenants, energy consumption audits, energy analysis, energy (-costs) reduction consultancy, management consultancy.

 Responsible for the recognition of LEED at the Dutch tax deduction program (VAMIL), and advocating LEED in the Netherlands. Awarded USGBC's 2016 Astounding Advocate. Volunteer at Urban Land Institute Product Council Circularity. Responsible for the first LEED certified building in the Netherlands (oct. 2010) and other LEED certifications in international projects.

Gerrit-Jan is always excited when custom-made solutions are needed for non-standard situations in building performance, and will always be pleased to share ideas and thoughts with any audience.

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ABN AMRO Head Office
Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, Amsterdam, 1082, NH, Netherlands
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Gustav Mahlerlaan 10, Amsterdam, 1082, NH, Netherlands
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