USGBC, in partnership with the University of Virginia School of Medicine, seeks to recognize green building projects that demonstrate outstanding leadership in health promotion as an intentional focus for their design, construction and operation.
Green building rating systems offer a diverse set of opportunities to promote health at a variety of scales. However, these systems must be thoughtfully applied in order to leverage their full potential for positive population health impact. By taking an intentional approach to health promotion, green building practitioners are able to create places that are good for individuals, communities and future generations.
Leading projects go above and beyond standard practice by setting population health goals and intentionally applying green building certification schemes to meet these goals.
Specifically, the Building Health Leadership Award program seeks to recognize projects that have achieved, or are working to achieve, the following three elements:
- Planning for health promotion: The project has engaged in a systematic process to promote population health of the building site users, surrounding community and supply chain. This includes identifying impacted populations, identifying health needs and prioritizing specific, health-promoting design and/or operation features.
- Achieving green building certification: The project takes action to promote population health by specifying design, construction and operation strategies within its approach to green building certification.
- Measuring operational performance: The project has committed to measuring operational performance of health promoting design, construction and operation strategies.
Projects that have achieved or are working toward these three elements are encouraged to apply for the award. Winners of will be selected by an expert jury composed of leaders in green building and public health.
Projects that receive the Building Health Leadership Award will be recognized at Greenbuild Atlanta, as well as regional USGBC events such as IMPACT and the Green Schools Conference and Expo (GSCE). To be considered for recognition at IMPACT and GSCE, please submit your application by March 13.