Public Health Research on the Built Environment; Special Topics on Creating Equitable and Healthy Places

What factors contribute to optimizing human health both indoors and outdoors within the built environment? Creating equitable and healthy communities is a product of multi-level interventions in policy, places, and people. Lauren Hildebrand, SWA Sustainability Director, makes the case for broadening the definition of high performance buildings to include human health. Merging her “boots on the ground” experience in the built environment with her expertise in green building certification programs, she will present some key strategies for protecting and promoting health in a socially equitable and cost-effective manner.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how incorporation of indoor and outdoor nature at the project level imports human health benefits across physical, cognitive, and emotional domains
  2. Identify potential ways to improve health impacts of the built environment through food access, urban agriculture, and the cultivation of green spaces
  3. Describe determinants of exposure to fine particulate matter within the home and disparities in housing conditions
  4. Recognize what resources are available to promote the design of healthier buildings

Credit: 2 AIA | HSW, 2 Living Future Accreditation | HRS