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Healthy Spaces for All
October 16 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT$35.00 – $45.00
About this Event
To conclude GBA’s series on Social Equity and Health, we’ll explore the challenges that some populations – namely K-12 schools and low-income households – face in achieving healthy indoor environmental quality and identify some core issues and solutions.
The EPA predicts that some 60,000 K-12 schools in the U.S. suffer from environmental conditions that contribute to poor indoor air quality, which can adversely affect student academic outcomes and long-term health. Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health report that low-income communities—already burdened with greater rates of disease, limited access to health care, and other health disparities—are also the populations living with the worst built environment conditions, and that these conditions compound other issues.
Built environment practitioners have the power to ensure that everyone has access to healthy spaces. At this event, we will explore core issues relating to healthy, equitable buildings and communities, and share enabling policies and standards to help ensure everyone has access to healthy environments.
This event includes networking as well as refreshments. If you are working on a limited budget, please contact Leslie Montgomery for scholarship opportunities.
- Participants will identify how their work relates to both public health and social equity.
- Participants will identify common issues in K-12 schools and low-income households that contribute to health issues.
- Participants will explore how healthier, more efficient homes and schools can lift up our most vulnerable populations.
- Participants will discuss possible tools, solutions, and frameworks for creating healthy spaces for everyone.
- 3:00 – 3:15 – Registration
- 3:15 – 3:45 – Leslie to make opening comments
- 3:45 – 4:15 – Katie Lockley on K-12 Schools
- Before coming to GBA, Katie spent the last six years as the Facilities and Sustainability Director of the Environmental Charter School (ECS), where she successfully integrated aspirational health and sustainability goals throughout building and maintenance projects. Her work led to the development of a facilities-wide green cleaning program, in addition to the creation of measurable targets for the building portfolio’s design and operations. She also collaborated closely with educators to support curricular support and student engagement initiatives. Katie began her career as a high school English teacher at the LEED Gold A.W. Beattie Career Center, where she implemented several green initiatives and wrote the award winning Green Ribbon School application. Engaged in national school reform efforts, Katie has spoken at many green school conferences, in addition to attending the School Sustainability Leadership summit.
- 4:15 – 4:45 – Alison Steele on Affordable Housing
- Alison leads Conservation Consultants Inc’s Grassroots Green Homes project in neighborhoods across Pittsburgh, and she plays a critical role in CCI’s activity to advocate for home performance and home health through policy decisions. Prior to joining the team in 2015, Alison managed demand side energy reduction programs for utility companies, served as a consultant in the corporate sustainability space, and taught English in Fukushima Japan. Alison earned her undergraduate degree in Physics from Drew University and her MBA in Sustainable Business Practices from Duquesne University. She is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative, is active in her MBA alumni group, and serves on the board of the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) as conference committee chair. Together with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, Alison is the Co-Outcome Broker for the local Green & Healthy Homes Initiative team. When she’s not training for a marathon, Alison can be found in her kitchen brewing mead and beer.
- 4:45 – 5:00 – Discussion and Q&A
- 5:00 – 5:05 – Closing Comments
- 5:05 – 6:00 – Networking Happy Hour
Social Equity and Health in the Built Environment Series
This event bridges GBA’s series on Social Equity in the Built Environment and Health in the Built Environment. Our Social Equity series will equip participants with the awareness, mindset and tools to embed equity into their processes, projects and outcomes. Our Health series will prepare owners and practitioners to build spaces that prioritize occupant health and productivity.
You can choose to attend one single event, or dive deeper into these topics by attending one or both whole series. Members of GBA have the opportunity to purchase series at a deep discount.
We’d like to thank Sage Glass for sponsoring this series.
This event is pending approval for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours.
Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits. Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events). Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.
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