Globally, outdoor air quality is deteriorating as traffic, agricultural activity, and other combustion sources degrade our exterior environment. Air pollution is the number one environmental cause of premature mortality, contributing to 50,000 premature deaths annually in the United States and approximately seven million, or one in eight premature deaths worldwide. Internally, off-gassing materials, contaminated surfaces and HVAC systems, and poor ventilation are exposing us to volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and microbial pathogens. These contaminants have many negative respiratory and other health effects and even in typical buildings built to current code, as recent studies have demonstrated, can be directly linked to decreases in cognitive functioning and productivity.
More than two-thirds of the human body is water, and this water regulates our temperature, aids in the removal of toxins, and serves as a shock absorber to our brain and spinal cord. Contaminants like lead, arsenic, glyphosate, atrazine and microbes that are naturally occurring or inadvertently introduced into the water can pose serious health threats. Recent events in Flint, Michigan, have brought a new focus to this problem — which is pervasive at a national level, highlighting our aging infrastructure and its widespread deficiencies which are introducing new contaminants at all points of our water supply. Water additives, disinfectants, pharmaceuticals, and the physical makeup of our infrastructure system from source to tap all provide points of potential contamination.
Join us to learn how the WELL Building Standard® both builds and expands upon LEED to focus on new strategies to mitigate and manage these negative outcomes, and provides new tools and strategies to tackle these health threats head on. Incorporating standards from additional agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and developing industry best practices, come learn how WELL can help you identify and reduce your exposure to these pervasive health threats.
This event is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers.
Chris Ashworth, VP and Regional Manager, Healthy Buildings
In his role, Ashworth's day-to-day responsibilities include management for the Eastern Regions Energy/Resources and Sustainability teams while supporting the Testing & Diagnostics Division. He also provides sales guidance and business development support to all business groups in Healthy Buildings.
Brad McNiff, Mechanical Engineer, GHT Limited, PE, LEED AP ID+C
McNiff specializes in sustainable mechanical engineering design for interior spaces. He provides project management, design, and energy audits for fit-outs, from commercial spaces to government offices. His project portfolio includes over 20 LEED certified spaces and two projects pursuing WELL certification. He also has extensive experience working with Revit® MEP.
Jerome Paulson, Professor, George Washington University, MD, FAAP
Paulson is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at GWU's Milken Institute School of Public Health. He also is a consultant to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Healthy Schools Network and others on issues related to children's health and the environment.
Series Schedule of Events
- Session #3: Fitness, Nutrition, & Mind — June 14 (tentative)
- Session #4: Light & Comfort — September 20 (tentative)
Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact Emily English for more information.
Please note USGBC-NCR can refund tickets up to two weeks before this event, but will withhold a 20 percent service fee.