About the We are WELL Educational Series
Co-hosted by USGBC National Capital Region and the International WELL Building Institute, this series of four educational sessions will explore the connection between the built environment and occupants' well-being.
Using the WELL Building Standard as a framework, each session will focus on both "why" and "how" we can design, build, and operate in ways that promote human health. Sessions will feature a diverse panel of experts, bringing to the table professionals from the fields of health and medicine, design, facilities management, human resources, and other spheres that have a direct impact on building occupant well-being. All sessions will also include refreshments and designated networking time.
Session 1 - It Pays to Be WELL: The Business Case for a Healthy Work Environment
Wellness seems to be a word on everyone's lips these days. It's the new focus of the sustainability industry, but it's also a major topic on the pages of the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, The New York Times, and seems to be just about everywhere in the marketplace. But what is it, really? And why should we care? Is this just another piece of overhead to juggle on your balance sheet? What will this do to, or rather for, my bottom line?
In session #1 of the We are WELL series, we'll start with a look at the WELL Building Standard, and understand why and how it has come to be, and how it can help you quantify what it means and what it takes to provide a healthy workspace. We'll follow this up with a discussion of how a focus on wellness is already, and poised to continue to, improve company bottom lines, increase employee retention and engagement, and transform the corporate marketplace. A public health professional will also join us to explain how this fusion of wellness, along with established sustainability practices, can be built into your existing operations. And finally, a practitioner with experience on one of the nation's first WELL building projects will share the business drivers, in her project experience, for choosing WELL Certification.
This event has been approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs.
- Dr. Whitney Austin Gray, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Delos
- Brynn Kurtzman, Sustainability Specialist at Gensler
- Adam Sledd, Director, Commercial Real Estate Engagement at the Institute for Market Transformation
- Seema Wadhwa, Assistant Vice President of Sustainability and Wellness at Inova Health System
Schedule of Events
- Session #1: It Pays to be WELL: The Business Case for a Healthy Work Environment - March 23
- Session #2: Air & Water - April 15
- Session #3: Fitness, Nutrition, & Mind - June 14 (tentative)
- Session #4: Light & Comfort - September 20 (tentative)