San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Can the way we build our cities actually improve our own physical and mental health? There can be many negative impacts from traditional “grey” infrastructure including: illness induced from contaminated water and air; security-related issues arising from flooding; physical challenges from lack of exercise and lack of access to fresh food options; and even mental health challenges from lack of contact with nature and with others. In contrast, today there is growing awareness that “green” building strategies can not only benefit the environment but can actually positively impact public health as well. The Green Facilitator, Michelle Halle Stern, will share her research linking the built environment with public health. Luke Leung, Director of the Sustainability Engineering Studio at SOM, will discuss how green infrastructure can promote healthier senses. Additionally, Jay Womack, Director of WRD Environmental will present evidence of “Nature Deficit Disorder” and share local built examples of how to combat it. These thought-provoking presentations will be followed by an opportunity for attendees to explore a personal narrative to discover how the built environment can impact human health. USGBC Illinois and CNU Illinois members, as well as non-members, are invited to attend.