Learn about wellness at Rocky Mountain Green (USGBC Colorado)
Programming at Rocky Mountain Green 2017 highlights health and wellness.
Health and wellness in Colorado
Folks in Colorado, and more specifically Denver, are used to seeing their state rank high on the list of coolest places in the country. In 2017, U.S. News ranked Denver as the second best place to live in the U.S., and Today ranked Colorado number four for overall well-being. Colorado is one of only two states to finish in the top 10 for all eight years of the index’s rankings. The Centennial state is also considered one of the healthiest places to live: Using the fit cities index score, two cities in the state of Colorado ranked in the top 10 in 2015.
Wellness in the built environment
However, even if residents exercise daily, get outside and eat healthy, the buildings they work, live, learn and play in can still make them sick. That’s why USGBC Colorado is prioritizing health and wellness at Rocky Mountain Green from April 26–28, 2017 by highlighting sessions and tours that focus on the new WELL Building Standard and healthy materials.
In addition, USGBC Colorado is partnering with the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado to collaborate on the 2017 Heroes of Sustainability, an annual gala at which one individual or organization is recognized for their contribution to the sustainability movement.
Attend a session about wellness
Health in the Built Environment: A Rating System Comparison (9:15–10:15 a.m.)
This session will dive into four different rating systems available in the market today and assess how each performs against a set of healthy building indicators. The four rating systems included in the analysis are LEED v4, WELL, Living Building Challenge and Fitwel.
Materials World: Navigating LEED v4 Materials Credits (2–3 p.m.)
There is an overwhelming amount of materials used in buildings, and as people concerned with the impact of buildings on human and environmental health, we’d like to know as much about those materials as possible. Understanding both the requirements for the Building Disclosure and Optimization credits and the strategies behind them will open the door to the world of material health and the standards, screening tools, product certifications and product libraries.
Designing for WELL (3:30–4:30 p.m.)
The WELL Building Standard is raising the bar in the built environment and is rapidly gaining momentum worldwide. WELL addresses design issues in several ways that challenge current industry standards to create spaces verified to improve human health during occupancy. Attendees will hear from both an interior design practitioner currently designing for Commercial Interiors and Core and Shell typologies, as well as from a WELL Assessor.
Join us in the WELLness Lounge
In the expo hall, Rocky Mountain Green will feature healthy products for your home and office. Learn about furniture that is made with the right materials and is delivered with an Environmental Product Declaration. Experience an office setting through virtual reality with View Dynamic intelligent windows. Win a prize that will help you with your health goals by participating in our passport to prizes. Enjoy the WELLness break from 3–3:30 p.m., featuring healthy foods, drinks and information about increasing health in the built environment and in your daily life.
Hear from Rick Fedrizzi at Heroes for Sustainability
Each year, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado recognizes individuals or organizations making far-reaching impacts in sustainability at the Heroes of Sustainability Award dinner gala. The event brings together more than 500 of Colorado's corporate, nonprofit, academic and political leaders to honor extraordinary accomplishments that advance sustainability in environmental, economic and social arenas. This year, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado will honor Rick Fedrizzi.
In November 2016, global environmental business leader Rick Fedrizzi became chairman and CEO of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation advancing buildings that put human health and wellness at the center of their design and operation. IWBI administers the WELL Building Standard, an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being. Fedrizzi is also founding chair of USGBC and former CEO of both USGBC and GBCI. During his tenure, LEED became the world’s most widely used green building rating system.
Rocky Mountain Green and Heroes for Sustainability will happen on the same day, in the same location, so when you purchase tickets to one event, you’ll receive a coupon code for a discounted rate to the other.