Thursday, December 10

health and wellness through leed

9:00 AM - 10:45 AM ET/8:00 AM - 9:45 AM CT: LEED Practitioners Panel: Health & Wellness

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the most important health and wellness issues that can be addressed through building design, construction and operations, and apply lessons learned from case examples. 

  • Identify the health and wellness impacts of strategies used to achieve LEED v4 BD+C, LEED v4.1 BD+C, LEED v4 ID+C, LEED v4.1 ID+C, LEED v4 O+M and LEED v4.1 O+M, and WELL v1 or the WELL v2 pilot and recognize crosswalks between all systems.

  • Learn how to submit high-quality documentation demonstrating compliance with the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits in LEED v4 BD+C, LEED v4.1 BD+C, LEED v4 ID+C, LEED v4.1 ID+C, LEED v4 O+M and LEED v4.1 O+M and the Material Transparency feature in WELL v1 and the WELL v2 pilot.

  • Compare and contrast the Indoor Environmental Quality credits in LEED v4 BD+C, LEED v4.1 BD+C, LEED v4 ID+C, LEED v4.1 ID+C, LEED v4 O+M and LEED v4.1 O+M, and the features within the Materials concept in the WELL v2 pilot.

Session Description

The built environment has profound effects on human health and on the world around us. At their worst, buildings contribute to some of the key public health concerns of modern society, from asthma to cancer to obesity. But at their very best, buildings and communities are powerful promoters of health and well-being. LEED practitioners dissect how the thoughtful design, construction and ongoing activities in our buildings and communities can contribute to health and wellbeing outcomes for people. This panel discussion will focus through the lens of actual LEED v4 BD+C, LEED v4.1 BD+C, LEED v4 ID+C, LEED v4.1 ID+C, as well as LEED v4 O+M, LEED v4.1 O+M, and WELL v1 and WELL v2 projects and how LEED v4.1 alone has evolved and elevated a focus on health and wellness. 

This course is approved for 1.5 LEED Specific GBCI (BD+C, O+M, ID+C, and Green Assoc.) CE hour

and submitted for approval for 1 AIA LU.


Gail Vittori


Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems

Carlie Bullock-Jones

Founder and Principal, Ecoworks Studio

Joel McKellar

Director Building Performance Services, Whole Building Systems


Dr. Deborah Wingler

Vice President and Health Research Lead, HKS, Inc.

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Melissa Baker


Senior Vice President, Technical Core, USGBC

Liz York

Principal and Consultant, Healthy Design Collaborative, LLC

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM ET/ 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM CT: Break & Networking Salon - Cradle to Cradle products Innovation Institute

Salon Description

Bergen Hubert, Manager, Built Environment, Americas at Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute leads this salon discussion on healthy products in the circular economy. Through the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program, the Institute sets the global standard for products that are safe, circular and made responsibly. 

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM ET/10:15 AM - 11:45 AM CT: Behind the Curtain: An Honest Look at Green Building Lessons Learned

Session Description

“It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” – Bill Gates. 



Join green building leaders representing 100 years of combined experience for an honest look behind the curtain of lessons learned. What lessons did they learn that shaped their approach to solving green building challenges? What challenges revealed opportunities for better performance? What common missteps, misconceptions, or strategies do they see projects teams make that they would change forever? You won’t want to miss this session! 


This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hour and submitted for approval for 1 AIA LU.

Learning Objectives
  • Illustrate how an integrative approach helps deliver results in sustainability, resilience, and building health performance.

  • Describe common mistakes, missteps, misconceptions in green building implementation that should be changed in the industry to address sustainability, health, resilience and building performance. 

  • Summarize lessons learned on projects that revealed a new approach to achieving optimal building performance.   

  • Explain where ‘standard practice’ fails in delivering high quality buildings that provide returns from an environmental, social and economic perspective.


Nakita Reed


Associate, Quinn Evans

Jonathan Burgess

President, Spinnaker Group

Kim Shinn

Principal and Sustainability Wizard, TLC Engineering Solutions

Mike Leonard

Assistant Director, and Architect, Metro Nashville Department of General Services

Sandra Leibowitz

Managing Principal, Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC

Sara O'Mara

Director of LEED and Environmental Services, Choate Construction

Featuring Silver Sponsor TLC Engineering Solutions
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Sarah Alexander


Vice President, Credentialing and Certification, Green Business Certification Inc. 

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Better Buildings Better Lives: Big South is an event by the US Green Building Council. Our goal is green building for everyone. USGBC was established in 1993 with a mission to promote sustainability-focused practices in the building industry. Since the LEED rating system’s unveiling in 2000, it has become an international standard for environmentally sound buildings, certifying hundreds of thousands of square feet per day.

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