Health Matters. And Green Building Can Help. @ Greenbuild 2013

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Health Matters. And Green Building Can Help. @ Greenbuild 2013

USGBC has been working on a number of fronts to help connect the dots between green building and human health. Through that process we’re identifying how to expand the knowledge base, raise the visibility of human health in the global green building movement, and enhance USGBC programs, such as LEED and education, to put health front and center of our conversations and decision-making. This exciting Master Speaker session will begin with a dynamic presentation by Dr. Dick Jackson, Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician and public health leader, Dick has been an outspoken advocate for how the environment, especially the built environment, can and should enhance our health, comfort and well-being, not compromise it. Dr. Jackson’s presentation will be followed by a panel that will provide insight into what is happening to advance this concept, what the roadblocks are, and where our priorities should be. Metropolis magazine editor Susan Szenasy will moderate the panel. Panelists will feature perspectives from long-time industry practitioners, leading researchers, corporate implementers, and public health professionals who feel that the nexus of green building and human health is the next big frontier for market : Susan Szenasy – Metropolis Magazine; Richard Jackson – Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA; Donald Schwarz – City of Philadelphia; Robin Guenther – Perkins+Will; Brendan Owens – Green Building Council; Kira GouldLearning Objectives:Understand the gaps in research and how to organize an effort to fill the elements of movement building and how USGBC can help coordinate those the state of practice and what tools and resources are needed to implement best practices identified in the insight into the drivers that are making the important connections between green building and human health.

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