December 7th

 

10:00 am-10:40 am PST
opening Keynote: Ruth Thomas-squance, phd, Mph

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Ruth Thomas-Squance, PhD, MPH
Senior Director of Field Building, Build Healthy Places Network

Public health, social equity and resilience are incredibly interlinked. This keynote discussion will introduce the social determinants of health and discuss how they are impacted by the real estate industry. The discussion will encourage participants to consider how they might take an integrated and proactive approach to promoting public health, resilience and social equity through their work. Attendees will also learn about increasing efforts from the healthcare sector to more efficiently promote health by directly investing in affordable housing development. 

This course is approved for .5 General GBCI CE hour and .5 AIA LU.

Learning Objectives

- Attendees will be able to describe the social determinants of health and how they relate to real estate.

- Attendees will understand the connections between public health, social equity and resilience.

- Attendees will learn about healthcare institutions serving as real estate investors by directly investing in affordable housing.

- Attendees will consider how to proactively promote public health, equity and resilience through their work.

 
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Melanie Colburn
WELCOME
Director, U.S. Market Transformation & Development, USGBC

10:40 am-11:55 am PST
Health at THE community Scale

Unique communities require unique solutions. As the health, well-being, and equity needs of every community will differ, it has never been more essential to engage community members to prioritize health-promoting building and neighborhood strategies. In this session, learn how practitioners across the built environment industry can use their varied dimensions of power and influence to challenge conventional project delivery, improving community health and equity. 

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hour and 1.5 AIA LU/HSW.

Panelists
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Brian D'Andrea

Senior Vice President, Century Housing Corporation

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Erin Ishizaki

Partner, Mithun

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Walker Wells

Principal, Raimi + Associates

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Dan Woo
Team Lead, Climate Change & Health Equity Section, CA Dept of Public Health

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Kelly Worden
MODERATOR
Director, Health Research, USGBC

Learning Objectives

 - Attendees will be able to describe the connections between health, equity and resilience at a community scale.

 - Attendees will be able to discuss examples of how to use green building strategies to promote community health & well-being.

 - Attendees will be able to use examples to incorporate health & well-being strategies into their own green building practice.

 - Attendees will be able to describe how their building scale efforts relate to broader community and state level health promotion goals and activities.

 

11:55 am-12:25 Pm PST
breakout session

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Adele Houghton
CO-HOST
President, Biositu, LLC

This will be an engaging continuation of the conversation about Health at a Community Scale. This will be part of the continuing education credit and will need to be attended for credit.

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Vatsal Bhatt
CO-HOST
Vice President for Communities, USGBC

 
 

12:25 Pm-12:35 PM PST:  wellness break

This will be a short break from the program with a chance to move a little with yoga provided by Beth Ament.

12:35 pm-1:50 pm PST
Debate: To Measure or Not to Measure Air Quality? 

 

Between COVID-19 variants increasing airborne risk and wildfire smoke clouding skies, the public is more aware of indoor air quality than ever. Experts across the building and public health industries agree that poor indoor air quality can have a profound impact on both physical and mental health, from creating and exacerbating respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses to decreasing cognition and productivity. But how does data play a role in the way we manage air quality-related risks? Top experts from both sides of the measurement debate will weigh in and attendees will have the opportunity to discuss and share their own views. 

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hour and 1.5 AIA LU/HSW.

Panelists
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Seema Bhangar

Senior Indoor Air Quality Manager, WeWork

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Juan Palacios

Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT Center for Real Estate

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Katie Bolger

Health and Safety Manager, WeWork

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Parag Rastogi
Product Manager: Health, Wellbeing, and Controls/Lead Building Physicist, arbnco

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Sarah Gudeman

Director of Sustainability, Morrissey Engineering

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Heather Goetsch
MODERATOR
Associate Director, USGBC

Learning Objectives

 - Attendees will be able to determine when, how, and where to measure IAQ for their buildings.

 - Attendees will learn how sustainable building practices and IAQ are intrinsically connected.

 - Attendees will understand the impacts IAQ has on both physical and mental health of building occupants and how a green built building can mitigate those issues.

 - Attendees will learn about specific tools such as LEED, Arc, measurement devices, and other tools to support IAQ testing, monitoring and tracking.

1:50 Pm-2:20 pm PST
breakout session

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Mara Baum, FAIA
CO-HOST
Partner at DIALOG | Sustainability & Health

This will be an engaging continuation of the conversation about To Measure or Not to Measure. This will be part of the continuing education credit and will need to be attended for credit.

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Gary Thomas
CO-HOST
Director, Market Development, USGBC

 

2:20 pm-2:45 pm PST
closing CONVERSATION

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Rhiannon Jacobsen
Managing Director, U.S. Market Transformation & Development, USGBC

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Chris Pyke
SVP, Product, Arc Skoru

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Kelly Worden
Director, Health Research, USGBC