When USGBC teamed up with the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to establish HealthBuild, it was with the intent to prioritize health as a primary driver for decision-making in the built environment. The first manifestation of this partnership is the Building for Health executive education program, a highly engaging course that equips executives with the cutting edge research and skills to lead at the intersection of human health and the built environment. Why this course now?
The built environment has profound effects on human health and the world around us. At their best, our buildings and communities are powerful promoters of health and wellbeing. At their worst, they contribute to some of the key public health concerns of modern society, from asthma to cancer to obesity. USGBC has accelerated the dialogue around health in LEED v4 with its emphasis on keeping dangerous materials out of our buildings. Additionally, we have partnered with the International WELL Building Institute to advance the conversation about how indoor spaces impact our health and wellbeing. The next step is to cultivate a cadre of leaders to blaze the trail for this new frontier of sustainability.
The Building for Health course connects cutting-edge research and innovative practice. It exposes senior leaders to a suite of actionable tools that allows them to position human health as a primary driver for decision making throughout a building’s lifecycle. The faculty roster is comprised of distinguished thought leaders in this field:
- Dr. Aaron Bernstein (faculty chair), Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment and a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital
- Dr. Joseph Allen, Program Leader, Healthy Buildings at the Center for Health and the Global Environment
- Dr. Gary Adamkiewicz, Program Leader, Healthy Cities at the Center for Health and the Global Environment
- Gail Vittori, Co-Director for the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems and Board Chair of GBCI
- Dr. Christopher Pyke, Chief Operating Officer for Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) and Vice President of Research for USGBC
- Yianice Hernandez, Director of Active Living, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
- Bryan Sivak, Former Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
This program is ideal for senior practitioners across the green building and health industries, from architects to product manufacturers, real estate professionals to human resource officers, and more.
Learn more about the program in our article "Building for health: USGBC and Harvard prepare leaders for the next frontier of the green building movement."