Fitwel: Driving Occupant Health & Wellness in the Built Environment

There is growing evidence that buildings impact the health, well-being and productivity of occupants. Fitwel is a cost-effective, high-impact building certification that positively impacts building occupant wellness through improvements to workplace design and policies. This session will provide an overview of Fitwel and company case study examples using the system.

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How to Recover Your Investments in Sustainability

This session will use real world examples and resources to discuss how to get your sustainability program paid for by selling the value proposition to stakeholders and leveraging appropriate third-party financing options.

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Green Chemistry: Inventing Biomimicry Technologies in a Circular Economy

While there have been some examples of the circular economy designed and deployed in many industrial settings, the vast majority of industrial products and processes continue to exist disconnected and unsustainable over the long run. The pathway to create most of these technological ecosystems will require the inventive application of green chemistry (the molecular level mechanistic underpinnings of sustainability). This presentation will describe examples of how organizations seeking a circular strategy benefit from integrating the principles of green chemistry with product design, manufacturing and supply chain management.

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Steps to a Healthy Lightstyle: Circadian Lighting Discussion

Healthy lighting is a lifestyle for our expert panelists, but we do not all agree on the benefits being publicly expressed. With questions remaining in circadian lighting research and development, the design community is left wondering what we should do. Our panelists debate next steps.

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Getting Smart About Sustainable Cities

What are “Smart Cities”? A look into the technologies being implemented and how they are a means to achieving sustainability and resiliency goals. How are city governments and their partners implementing such projects to meet community goals? First-hand examples of these efforts from the Cities of Boston and Orlando.

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The Sustainable Trifecta - Net Zero Energy, Water & Waste

The sustainable trifecta of net zero energy, water & waste is the cutting edge in green buildings today. We have the technology now to make it happen. This session uses LEED and LBC as a guide, along with case studies to explore the opportunities to reach this elusive goal.

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Why the Building Industry Needs a B Team

Companies globally are examining their business models with the same rigor they use to certify their products and projects. The AEC industry needs to catch up. Learn the value investment and business case for AEC firms using B Corp and JUST label certification processes as a framework for internal operations.

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Zero Waste Planning for Universities and Business

Learn how universities and business have developed Zero Waste Plans and achieved Zero Waste. View Zero Waste planning approaches and how to design for reuse, recycling and composting collection. Understand how GBCI Zero Waste Certification system is used to evaluate operations and to certify facilities as Zero Waste.

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The Wellness/energy Nexus – a Case for Effective Design

High performance building design practices are in a transformative state today with an additional focus on occupant wellbeing in addition to energy efficiency & system performance. Tackling each focus area requires concentrated design efforts and monitoring throughout construction and occupancy.

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High Performing Sites and the Soils Beneath Them

This session frames the importance of soil in green infrastructure, urban landscapes, resilience and the SITES Rating System. If soil is designed and managed sustainably, this often-overlooked yet vital part of a landscape will not only create better living conditions for vegetation but also provide a multitude of ecosystem services.

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