Public Health & the Built Environment: Putting Research into Action

What factors contribute to optimizing human health both indoors and outdoors within the built environment? Creating equitable and healthy communities is a product of multi-level interventions in policy, places, and people. This panel discussion will feature Steven Winter’s Sustainability Director & LEED/WELL/EGC expert highlighting public health research implementation into project designs throughout the building sector.  With “boots on the ground” experience, she will present key strategies for protecting and promoting health in a socially equitable and cost-effective manner. Researchers from the Mt. Sinai and Healthy Buildings Network will share recent evidence of health status improvements at both building and neighborhood-level projects. Their studies focus on the drivers of residential indoor air pollution and toxic materials in urban communities and highlight opportunities for health equity in the urban built environment. 

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Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am

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BPI 1.5 hours
4.5 credit-hour packets available from PHIUS, RESNET, and Mass. CSL

Learning Objectives:

  • Broaden the definition of high performance to include human health
  • Explore the role public health data and social equity play in creating healthy buildings
  • Identify health hazards associated with poor IAQ and toxic building materials commonly used in high performance construction;
  • Recognize tools and resources available to promote the design of healthy AND high-performance buildings

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