Building Health Initiative (USGBC Northern California) | U.S. Green Building Council
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USGBC Northern California launched the Building Health Initiative in recognition that health and wellness are vital components of sustainability and green building. The Building Health Initiative has set out to:

Harness the strength of world-class companies and organizations to move markets
Engage partners and industry with new constituents in green building
Articulate the “business case” for healthier built environments
Leverage best practices, research and resources 
Tie together efforts and industries that have traditionally worked in silos

Help frame “green” as a health issue in communities that need it most 

The Building Health Initiative includes an initial two-year program in which industry leaders from multiple sectors make specific pledges where they are best positioned to effect the most change for healthier built environments. These pledges include demanding transparency in building materials, conducting groundbreaking research, promoting health and wellness, providing consultation and education and building toolkits and resources.

The initiative has spurred powerful cross-sector working groups focused on revolutionizing procurement strategies and fostering diversity and access to healthy buildings in traditionally underserved communities.

Interested in becoming a partner? Learn more about partner pledges and benefits.

Thank you to our founding partners and advisory board for their support propelling the healthy building movement forward. 

Stay tuned for the 2016 schedule, and in the meantime, check out the Building Health Initiative in the news (links below).

Building Health Initiative Founding Partners


  • CalPERS
  • Genentech


  • Adobe
  • Bcci Builders
  • Delos
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Hanson Bridgett
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Perkins + Will
  • Troon Pacific
  • Webcor Builders
  • Wendel Rosen
  • XL Construction


Government and Nonprofits

  • City and County of San Francisco
  • Cradle to Cradle
  • First Community Housing
  • Green Science Policy Institute
  • Healthy Building Network
  • I-SEED
  • Public Health Institute
  • Stop Waste
  • University of California, San Francisco

Building Health Initiative Advisory Board

  • Elizabeth Baca, MD, MPASenior Health Advisor, Governor's Office of Planning and Research, State of California
  • Lindsay Baker, Vice President of Research and Marketing, Building Robotics
  • Anthony Bernheim, LEED Fellow, Program Sustainability Manager, SFO Terminal 1 Redevelopment Program, San Francisco International Airport
  • Cyndy Comerford, City and County of San Francisco, Department of Public Health
  • Heather Gadonniex, Marketing and Business Development: Software and Services, PE International
  • Jean Hansen, Senior Professional Associate, Sustainable Interiors Manager, HDR 
  • Tom Lent, Policy Director, Healthy Building Network
  • Liesl Morell, Architectural and Contract Sales Manager, Armstrong World Industries
  • Derek Ridgway, Partner, Hanson Bridgett
  • Andrea Traber, Principal, Integral Group
  • Simon Turner, CEO, Healthy Buildings
  • Scott Watkins, Managing Partner, Buildaberg
  • Christina Weber, Vice President of Strategic Accounts, Interface
  • Phil Williams, Executive Director, Delos Living

Building Health Initiative Press

The Building Health Initiative has been received with tremendous excitement by the industry and has attracted ongoing global media attention, including the articles linked below.