Session Descriptions

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Biophilia for Health & Wellness

Track: Design & IEQ
Genentech Hall 114
11:45am-12:45pm

This session will provide multiple perspectives of integrating biophilia into the built environment to support health and wellness. Mikhail Davis will set the stage with a science-based look at biophilia and health benefits, Anne Less will share Google’s approach to the development of scalable indoor environmental quality performance metrics, many of which are being implemented on Google projects, with a focus on biophilic design, Andrea Traber will share cases studies of designing for indoor/outdoor environments from an architecture and engineering perspective, and Mara Baum will present an in-depth case study of a hospital that uses biophilic strategies to benefit patient and staff health and wellbeing.

Presented by:
Mara Baum, Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, HOK
Mikhail Davis, Director of Restorative Enterprise, Interface
Anne Less, [e]Team Innovation Program Manager, Google Inc.
Andrea Traber, Principal, Integral Group

Climate Change & Our Health – Links, Vulnerabilities, and What to Do about It

Track: Community & Social Equity
Genentech Hall Byers Auditorium
11:45am-12:45pm

To many, climate change conjures up thoughts of tired political battles, extreme weather or stranded polar bears. Perhaps most devastatingly, it can instill feelings of helplessness.

But what if climate change instead drew awareness of unpredictable migrations of infectious disease, increases in childhood asthma, and major health failures in our built environment? That’s where the conversation is increasingly headed, especially for the world’s most vulnerable communities. Framing both global warming and green building as public health issues rather than an environmental one produces the most emotionally compelling response. It quite literally hits home. How can sustainable building and community-scale design offer a clear pathway toward a healthier planet?

Join a panel of the world’s preeminent experts on the topics of climate change, resiliency, green building and public health for a thought-provoking conversation at the intersection of climate change, public health and the built environment.

Presented by:
Cyndy Comerford, Manager of Planning & Fiscal Policy, City and County of San Francisco
Solange Gould, Senior Research Associate, Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health
Cole Roberts, Principal, Energy & Resource Sustainability Group, Arup
Heather Wooten, VP of Programs, ChangeLab Solutions

What Building Owners Want

Track: Materials & Transparency
Mission Hall 1401
11:45am-12:45pm

The Building Health Initiative established a working group a year and a half ago of a subset of the Initiative’s partners that own or operate buildings, including Adobe, CalPERS, Facebook, Genentech, Google, Kaiser Permanente, Salesforce.com, Troon Pacific, and UCSF. The mission of the working group is to develop simple steps that have maximum impact on fostering healthier environments within local and global construction and renovation projects. This session will detail specific steps a few of these members have taken, successes they’ve enjoyed, and what’s still needed to create demand for new and innovative products that improve the health of the built environment.

Presented by:
Vince Digneo, Sustainability Strategist, Corporate Responsibility, Adobe Systems Incorporated
Anthony Ravitz, Real Estate and Workplace Services Green Team Lead, Google
Erica Stewart, Principal Consultant, National Environmental, Health and Safety, Kaiser Permanente
Bill Weihl, Manager of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Facebook

Session sponsored by:
Genentech

Tour of Mission Hall: Global Health & Sciences Building

Limit 30 people – Meet in the lobby of Mission Hall
11:45am-12:45pm

This new 266,000 square ft. building will house physicians, faculty and students in an interdisciplinary, flexible, light-filled environment inspired by the latest thinking in workplace design.

Presented by:
Kelli Quinn, Senior Project Manager, Ruodlph and Sletten

12:45-1:45pm – Lunch

New Mechanics of Productivity

Track: Design & IEQ
Genentech Hall 114
1:45-2:45pm

Join five veterans of commercial building operations and management, all of whom have focused much of their careers on improving the health and productivity of tenants. Learn firsthand how building managers and engineers can play their part in improving and maintaining indoor air quality. The relationship between energy management and indoor environmental quality will also be explored. Once new buildings are handed over to their owners and managers, a long term commitment to state of the art maintenance and operations technologies combined with a focus on the fundamentals of IAQ are required to maintain a safe and productive environment thought the building’s life.

As Moderator, George Denise will bring his experience turning major corporations into models of sustainable efficiency, Simon Turner will bring three decades of IAQ monitoring experience and Carlos Santamaria will bring vast knowledge of energy management systems and their impact on the indoor environment.

Presented by:
George Denise, Director of Operations–RWS & Director of Sustainability-HQ, Oracle
Harry Hobbs, Director of Engineering, InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco
Carlos Santamaria, Founder and Principal, CEES-Advisors
Simon Turner, CEO, Healthy Buildings International

Data Democratization

Track: Community & Social Equity
Genentech Hall Byers Auditorium
1:45-2:45pm

LEED and EcoDistricts planning set ambitious goals for the design of the built environment or the “hardware” of a community, but are fairly silent on the social environment or the “software” of community and culture. High performing urban ecosystems require innovative engineering and design as well as community capacity to imagine, implement, and steward the systems. In this presentation we propose that smart cities of the future are best built by empowering communities and we identify opportunities to build community capacity through community-driven technologies that improve planning and design processes. Creating community capacity is not a one-time affair or a singular event but an ongoing process that requires the integration of big and little data and real-time feedback. In this presentation we will demonstrate how Streetwize–a mobile, mapping, and SMS platform–is leading cities, companies and communities, both large and small, to democratized data, decision-making, and real-time feedback loops in order to make cities, buildings, and regions more healthy, resilient and strong.

Presented by:
Antwi Akom, Co-Founder, Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED); Founder and CEO, Streetwize; and Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology, Public Health and STEM Education, San Francisco State University
Aekta Shah, Director of Technology and Community Engagement, Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED); and Program Lead, StreetWize

Market Transformation: Toxic Flame Retardants as Low-Hanging Fruit

Track: Materials & Transparency
Mission Hall 1401
1:45-2:45pm

With the recent changes in California furniture flame standards, where else can we avoid toxic flame retardants? Get the latest on the TB117-2013 changes, including who’s ready with product and potential challenges in implementation. Don’t stop there – meet code while optimizing healthy materials. Most importantly, become an agent for change: regulations that impede market diversity impede design solutions. Answer the call to action!

Presented by:
Arlene Blum, Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Suzanne Drake, Senior Interior Designer, Perkins+Will
Jean Hansen, LEED Fellow, Sustainable Interiors Manager, HDR Architecture’s Sustainable Design Solutions
Judy Levin, Pollution Prevention Director, Center for Environmental Health

Active Design and LEED: Heathly Buildings = Active Occupants

Meet in the atrium of Genentech Hall near Byers Auditorium. Note: in case of bad weather, this session will be held indoors in Mission Hall room 1407.
1:45-2:45pm

Over the past three decades, obesity and related chronic diseases have skyrocketed in the United States. The structure of the built environment is increasingly recognized as an important facilitator (or inhibitor) of a healthy lifestyle, given that where and how individuals live and work determines their opportunities to be physically active. Research is also starting to show that increased levels of physical activity, as mediated through changes in the built environment, is synergistic with greater environmental sustainability and positive green outcomes. Based on this research, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Innovation Credit for Health through Physical Activity was developed by an interdisciplinary team of government and private sector professionals to address obesity and chronic diseases as well as improve environmental sustainability. Join us for a walking tour of UCSF as we review the structure and requirements of the new Active Design Credit within the LEED Rating System while highlighting several green builidng strategies around campus.

Presented by:
Alex Spilger, Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Cassidy Turley & Founder, GreenStep

2:45-3pm – Break

New Technologies for Health and Buildings

Track: Design & IEQ
Genentech Hall 114
3-4pm

The pace of innovation is growing in the built environment, enabling us to bridge health and activity sensing with sensing of light, air quality, sound, and other spatial and environmental conditions. This session will provide an overview of the exciting new technologies coming to market, and will consider their impacts on the building industry. How can these technologies enable buildings to become fundamentally people-centric? And how will future people-centered buildings change the business of real estate?

From Fitbits to Nest, iBeacons and motion sensors, this discussion will take a critical eye to technology and how it can be used to bring our new and existing building stock to a higher level of intelligence and sustainability. These technologies may be the key to connect buildings to the technology revolution that has radically changed other sectors of our economy, creating 10x transformation in a slow-to-change industry.

Presented by:
Lindsay Baker, VP of Business Development, Building Robotics
Anthony Bernheim, President, Bernheim+Dean
John Picard, Founder, John Picard & Associates

Session sponsored by:

Delos

Community Design for Healthy Habits

Track: Community & Social Equity
Genentech Hall Byers Auditorium
3-4pm

“Walking is not “alternative transportation,” it is primary transportation! Walking and other movement also promotes better thinking and creativity. But much of our urban design is based on removing these basic processes from our everyday lives. This session will give participants concrete examples of design and behavioral changes in diverse communities to be able to walk more and move more.

Presented by:
Ed Church, Executive Director, Institute for Environmental Entrepreneurship
Marily Oppezzo, Post Doc Stanford Prevention Research Center / Registered Dietitian
Geeta Rao, Initiative Officer, Great Communities Collaborative
Scott Watkins, Managing Partner, Buildaberg

The Government, Lobbyists and Lawyers, Oh My! Pulling back the curtain.

Track: Materials & Transparency
Mission Hall 1401
3-4pm

People incorrectly assume the government is protecting us from harmful substances and that anything sold on the market must be safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. Building products are manufactured with many toxic chemicals and this is unlikely to change unless the building industry demands greater transparency. Questions and uncertainty abound regarding the legal implications of demanding and providing material transparency. This session will explain the government’s actions and limitations in this area, while providing a concise overview of the liability implications of transparency for manufacturers, designers, contractors and owners/tenants, together with best practices for favorable liability outcomes.

Presented by:
Debbie Raphael, Director, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Donald Simon, Esq., Partner, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean, LLP

Tour of UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

Limit 20 people – Meet outside in front of Mission Hall
3-4pm

Due open in February, the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay integrates best practices in health, well-being and sustainability. Get a sneak peek.
Presented by:
Mary Phillips, Project Manager of Interiors, UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay