LIVE WEBINAR: August 23rd, 2022 at 12:00 pm, EST

Healthy Buildings Inside & Out: How to Use Biophilic Design and Data for Wellness and Sustainability



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Join this webinar to hear expert perspectives on designing and operating buildings that are good for both the environment and human health.

Simon Turner, founder of Building Cognition, will share his expertise in air quality and other critical considerations for indoor spaces.

Noah Wilson-Rich, PhD, CEO of The Best Bees Company, will share his expertise in living rooftops and on-premise pollinator habitats.

Moderated by Vicki Worden, President & CEO of the Green Building Initiative, this panel discussion will focus on data-driven sustainability initiatives, and how they are making an impact on people and the planet.

What You Will Learn

  • The latest innovative approaches to creating more sustainable spaces that add value for tenants and owners while benefiting the environment
  • How data are being leveraged to make informed decisions with key stakeholders to balance sustainability, wellness, and financial goals
  • Important considerations for developers, designers and building owners looking to implement new wellness initiatives

The Speakers

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Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., The Best Bees Company

Noah Wilson-Rich, Ph.D., is CEO and co-founder of The Best Bees Company, the largest beekeeping service in the US. He is an urban ecologist, published author, and a three-time TEDx speaker on a mission to expand the bee population and improve pollinator health. His scientific approach makes an out-sized impact on the larger mission to save the bees and helps clients understand the quantifiable impact they have on the environment by opening their rooftops to pollinators. 


Simon Turner, Building Cognition 

Simon's 35 year career has focused on the building sciences as they relate to human performance, including HVAC, air quality and microbiology. In his roles as founder of Building Cognition and CEO of Healthy Buildings, Simon has helped commercial real estate professionals become leaders in the field of indoor environmental performance. Simon is a Life Member of the BOMA, is past Vice Chair of the GBCI Credentialing Steering Committee, and sits on the Board of Directors for The Green Building Initiative.


Vicki Worden, Green Building Initiative

Vicki Worden is President and CEO of the Green Building Initiative (GBI), an international nonprofit dedicated to reducing climate impacts by improving the built environment. GBI’s thriving community supports the integration of sustainability and net zero, health and wellness, and resilience objectives throughout some of the world’s largest real estate portfolios. The organization’s internationally-recognized Green Globes building certification program and its federal Guiding Principles Compliance program have certified more than half a billion square feet of commercial building space in North America.


About Building Cognition

In 2015, a game changing study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Syracuse University confirmed the relationship between indoor air quality (IAQ) and productivity. The study found significant improvements in cognitive function when sources of VOCs were eliminated, ventilation was raised, and CO2 levels were lowered. In particular, there were major improvements in crisis response, information usage, and strategizing. This landmark study builds on two decades of studies linking IAQ and productivity. Building Cognition was founded to guide businesses along the most direct pathways to capture these efficiencies.

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About the Green Building Initiative

Green Building Initiative (GBI) is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer dedicated to reducing climate impacts by improving the built environment. Founded in 2004, the organization is the global provider of the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principles Compliance certification and assessment programs. Green Globes is a comprehensive, science-based building rating system that supports a wide range of new construction and existing building project types. Green Globes certifies projects that meet at least 35% of the 1,000 points that are deemed applicable to the project.


About The Best Bees Company

The Best Bees Company installs and maintains honeybee hives on commercial and residential properties in urban centers across the US. Our mission is to improve bee health and expand the bee population. Since 2010, we’ve made a tangible, positive impact on the environment, one beehive at a time.

Our beekeeping methodology controls for variability, ensuring the data we collect on each beehive is suitable for rigorous research. Our clientele includes corporations that want to activate sustainability in their business model, individuals who want to reinvigorate their local ecosystem from their own backyard, and property owners who want a turnkey way to put underutilized space to work for the greater good. 

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