Newsletter | Nov/Dec 2014


Missing 32% Symposium, San Francisco Art Institute, October 2014. photo: Jen Tai


Building Health Forum Nov 11, USGBC-Northern CA Chapter

by Jean Nilsson, Ed.

OWA member Jean Hansen and colleagues Arlene Blum, Suzanne Drake, and Judy Levin will present one of twelve educational sessions at the Building Health Forum organized by USGBC-Northern California Chapter, to be held at the University of California San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus on December 11. Their session is part of the "Materials and Transparency" track and will focus on advocacy and issues in avoiding toxic flame retardants and optimizing healthy materials while meeting codes and fire safety standards.

Jean HansenFIIDA, LEED Fellow, CID, EDAC, AAHID, GGP, has over 30 years of experience in sustainable design, planning and interior design, and is responsible for advancing HDR’s sustainability initiatives globally in project and research work for healthcare and institutional environments. She worked on the development of the USGBC’s LEED Healthcare rating system, Green Guide for Health Care, BIFMA’s level and the Health Product Declaration (HPD).

Arlene Blum, PhD, biophysical chemist, author, and mountaineer, is a Visiting Scholar in Chemistry at UC Berkeley and executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute. GSPI works to implement and support chemical policies protecting human health and the global environment, including code change proposals to avoid the use of toxic flame retardants in building insulation. Blum’s many awards include being named one of 100 “Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet” (National Women’s History Project).

Suzanne Drake is an Interior Designer with Perkins+Will, co-Chairs the firm-wide Healthy Materials Task Force, and is the author of EcoSoul: Save the Planet and Yourself by ReThinking your Everyday Habits, 2013.

Judy Levine leads the Center for Environmental Health’s flame retardant campaign, helped author a flame retardant disclosure bill in California, and has developed purchasing guides for flame retardant-free products.

The 12 sessions are organized into three tracks: Design and IEQ, Community and Social Equity, and Materials and Transparency, with "275 of the world’s preeminent experts and thought leaders . . . reframing green building as a public health issue."


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