Healthy Building Summit, Wellness is the Bottom Line, USGBCMA/HBS, Monday, June 24, 9am-12:30pm

  • 24 June 2019
  • Start time : 09:00 AM
  • End time : 12:30 PM
  • Event Host : USGBC Massachusetts
  • Event Location : Harvard Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Healthy Building, Healthy Building Materials
Event Description

At our 2019 Healthy Buildings Summit, we’ll learn how Harvard is turning research into action by discussing the science behind our building products and how these materials affect our bodies and the environment, as well as suggestions of chemical classes we should be working to eliminate. Together, we can leave this summit informed and ready to pursue the next steps to creating a healthier Boston.

A year ago, our expert panel came together with a mission to inform architects, designers, and corporations how vital healthy buildings are for improving financial costs, the environment, and the health of each and every individual living and working in these buildings. At the 2018 Healthy Building Summit, we heard about the multitude of ways that buildings can affect our bodies and environment, from changing the air we breathe to introducing different chemicals into our environment.

In the year since our last Healthy Building Summit, we have been busy keeping this conversation alive: we formed a Health and Wellness Round Table. We learned about Well V2, heard about the Cognitive effects of indoor air quality, and discussed flame retardants in building products. We heard from leading manufacturers about their commitment to promoting transparency, eliminating chemicals of concern, and to evolving the Mindful Materials program. Now that we’re informed of the issues and understand the many facets that come into creating healthy buildings, we now face the next issue: how do we act out this knowledge and drive change?


  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • USGBC Massachusetts
  • Agenda
    • Agenda:
      9:00am -9:30am – Networking Breakfast
      9:30am – 11:00am – The Science, Industry Check-in, and Harvard’s Example
      11:00am – 12:00pm  – Working Together
      12:00pm – 12:30pm – Wrap-up
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Dr. Joseph Allen, Harvard
      Director of the Healthy Buildings program at the Harvard Center for Health

      Dr. Allen researches community and occupational exposures and health risks related to a broad range of chemical, biological, physical and radiological stressors. In particular, he focuses on the built environment, emissions from building materials and consumer products, and building system performance, each of which has the potential for both positive and negative impacts on human health, well-being and productivity. He is the Director of the Healthy Buildings program at the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment and faculty director of the Harvard Sensors for Health research group. Dr. Allen teaches a class on the Impact of Buildings on Human Health, and is the faculty advisor for a new initiative out of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability – the Harvard Healthier Building Materials Academy.

      Heather Henriksen, Harvard
      Managing Director, Harvard University Office for Sustainability

      Heather Henriksen has served as Harvard University’s chief sustainability officer since 2008, advising the President and senior leadership on strategy and building an organizational change initiative that resulted in the University community achieving its initial science-based climate goal of a 30% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions, from 2006 to 2016, despite the addition of over 3 million square feet of space. Heather directs the Office for Sustainability which oversees the implementation of the Harvard’s comprehensive Sustainability Plan (co-created with faculty and students in 2014) and the University’s ambitious new Climate Action Plan, announced by President Drew Faust, which sets bold targets to transform campus operations to be fossil fuel-free by 2050 and fossil fuel-neutral by 2026.

      Nadav Malin
      President, BuildingGreen

      Nadav is the building industry’s acknowledged go-to resource when you need a thoughtful perspective on the materials and design solutions that define sustainable building practice. He is an experienced trainer and facilitator, convening the network of architecture firm Sustainable Design Leaders and teaching diverse groups about LEED and green building. He consults and leads workshops for major corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and design firms. He is a LEED Fellow and Honorary AIA.
  • Event type
    • Panel Discussion

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