From September 13–15, 2017, SOM's Bita Salamat participated in "Well + good: a down to earth summit" in northern New Mexico. The event was hosted by ANEW, a nonprofit organization dedicated to stewarding surplus office furniture, fixtures, and equipment for donation to underserved communities, charitable organizations, and community agencies. An Interior Design Management Leader, Salamat is based in SOM's Los Angeles office.
The summit began at Suitable Digs, an eco-friendly lodging business in Santa Fe. Attendees then traveled to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo near the city of Española, and Earthship Biotecture, outside of Taos. Activities and visits were designed with a focus on sustainable living and construction, healthy buildings and communities, renewable energy, clean water, and water recycling.
The summit was sponsored by Fletco Carpets, U.S.A., Knoll, and Alpha Structural, Inc. Attendees included leaders from various fields, including corporate manufacturing, architecture and design, transportation, higher education, and community organizations.