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Laura Kern Design

373 Douglass St.
Brooklyn New York
United States
Laura Kern Design
Laura Kern Design is a New York City based full service interior design company created by Laura Kern Hennessey. Laura is a LEED AP, Parsons educated designer with a diverse with a diverse background in hospitality, residential and commercial design. She has implemented sustainable design strategies in projects ranging from 700 to 700,000+ square feet. LKD was formed with the mission to create holistic environments that make green living an epicurean experience.

Best Practice Achievements

Sustainable Materials
We make a conscious effort to manage our materials selection, seeking materials we are confident are sustainable, such as legally harvested forest products, responsibly produced plantation products, and recycled content:
Recycling and Reclamation
We factor disassembly, recyclability and product reclamation into buying decisions. We offer a product reclamation/product reuse policy:
Return and Reuse
We use recycled or recyclable packing/packaging materials, offer blanket-wrap transportation arrangements for customers and have a carton return/reuse policy:
Chain of Custody
We ask for verifiable chain of custody documents (i.e. legal logging certifications) before buying products containing wood:
Decrease use of Toxic Chemicals
We have decreased our use/acceptance of known toxic chemicals for treatments, binders and finishes, replacing compounds that compromise indoor air quality and are harmful to human health:
Low Environmental Impact Textiles
We are asking our vendors for textiles that have a lower environmental impact, i.e. organic cotton in place of conventionally-grown cotton, as well as seeking other eco-friendly textiles:
Life Cycle Analysis
We are moving forward on doing a Life Cycle Analysis and/or are applying for SMaRT certification:
Local Sourcing
We extract, manufacture and distribute for consumer use within a 500 mile radius for at least a portion of our product line:
Third Party Certifications
We hold third party certifications for some of our products, or as a store, we promote and educate the consumer on the meaning of various third party certifications:
Sharing the Wealth
We take responsibility for sharing our commitment to sustainability up and down our entire supply chain, rewarding our vendors with increased business for partnering with us on sustainability issues:
Social Responsibility Code
We have a written Social Responsibility Code of Contact that is a baseline for employee relations:
Supplier Responsibility
We have written and distributed a Supplier Responsibility Code of Conduct for our vendors and conduct training at our partner facilities on the adoption of same:
Health and Safety Code Compliance
We and our partners meet or exceed all local health and safety codes and can document our health and safety working conditions in all our facilities/stores:
We Pay Living Wages
We pay a living wage rather than minimum wage and extend that around the globe:
We Sponsor Sustainability Events
We have participated in or sponsored in-store, community and/or regional educational events on sustainability and the environment:
We Inspect
We investigate and mitigate any negative environmental impacts from our operations:
Save Paper and Other Office Resources
We save paper and other office resources with a policy expressing an aversion to excess written documentation:
We Use Energy Specialists
We have had an energy specialist or utility company audit to measure our conventional energy usage and are on track to reduce it. We are replacing a portion of the energy we consume with certified renewable energy, either directly, via a program of our local utility, or via Green e-Power:
Updated Inefficient Equipment
We have replaced outdated and inefficient equipment, identified and changed wasteful resource procedures and implemented tighter operational controls:
Energy Efficient Lighting
We have increased the use of day lighting and/or are upgrading to more energy efficient lighting system:
Verified Sustainability Claims
We make only verifiable sustainability claims in adherence with FTC mandates against greenwash and in support of their Environmental Marketing Guides:
Committed to Training
We are committed to conducting training in-house and in the broader community about global climate change and our partnership with the SFC:
In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On reducing energy consumption:

2018: To minimize energy consumption this year we are going to
1) make a concerted effort to unplug appliances that are not in use and turn off computers at the end of each work day.
2) we are going to elect to use green power energy sources with our utility provider
3) we are going to switch all light fixtures that have not yet been switched to LED bulbs.

In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On how we will manage our primary material or service to a more sustainable direction:

2018: In service of our continual improvement this year we will make the following actions:
1) create a no-go list of materials that we will not specify on all future projects, such as materials with known VOC content
2) Promote primarily the specification of local materials and products as a first choice option wherever possible
3) To actively create a plan to minimize waste from packaging and project move-ins in collaboration with vendors, movers and installers, and to create an on site recycling plan for installation day.

In keeping with our commitment to continual improvement, we are planning to take the following actions this year: On education and promotion of the sustainability cause:

2018: To educate our community on the promotion of sustainability, we will:
1) create written content to be dispersed via a blog, mailing list and social media about strategies for sustainable interior design selecting products and materials with minimum environmental impact and reducing the need for construction materials through efficient space planning, and creating a space that minimizes negative impacts on human health
2) our goal this year is to participate in at least one public event that can promote education on sustainable design
3) create guidelines to educate all individual clients we work with on their opportunities to minimize their own energy footprint and environmental impact