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USGBC Research: Piloting Integrative Process for Health Promotion

February 6, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST

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Dr. Christopher Pyke will talk about the development and application of the LEED Health Promotion Pilot Credit. Based on the idea that a systematic process can turn any robust green building rating system into a tool to promote population health, the pilot credit is officially titled “Integrative Process for Health Promotion.” Versions of the health promotion process credit are available for LEED and Enterprise Green Communities now, and research is on-going to evaluate potential applications for other rating systems in 2018.  This session will introduce attendees to the health promotion tool  so that they might better use public health data and community input to characterize how LEED projects may impact social, environmental, and economic outcomes — and, in turn, promote positive health outcomes or prevent unintended negative consequences for health.

About the Speaker

Dr. Chris Pyke is an expert on how using technology and analytics can create better, healthier buildings and communities around the world.  As the Research Officer for the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), Dr. Pyke leads applied research and innovation partnerships to benefit people and the environment. Dr. Pyke co-leads the Green Health Partnership, a strategic collaboration between USGBC and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The Green Health Partnership is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with the goal of providing transformative tools for green building project teams and mechanisms to make health-promoting property more accessible to institutional investors.

Prior to joining USGBC, he worked as the Chief Strategy Officer for Aclima, where he still holds an advisory position. Aclima is a 2017 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award winner company designing and deploying sensor networks that extend the senses and bridge the gap between us and the natural world.  Dr. Pyke was previously the national Director of Climate Change Services for CTG Energetics, Inc. and a research scientist with the US EPA’s Global Change Research Program. While serving at US EPA, Dr. Pyke co-chaired the US Climate Change Science Program’s Interagency Working Group on Human Contributions and Responses to Climate Change. He is a faculty member at George Washington University and lecturer at Georgetown University.

In his professional tenure, Dr. Pyke has served in a number of technical advisory roles, including representing the United States for greenhouse gas mitigation issues related to residential and commercial buildings on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Working Group 3) and Chairing of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee.  Dr. Pyke holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Geography from the University of California Santa Barbara and a B.S. from the College of William and Mary.


12:00 p.m.-1:15 p.m. – Lunch and Presentation

1:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Q&A Time & Event Wrap-Up


This event is pending approval for 1.5 GBCI CEUs.

Partnering with USGBC, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI 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.


February 6, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Leslie Montgomery


Green Building Alliance
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