Confronting COVID-19: Healthy Buildings; Optimizing Mental Health

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March 31
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ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative


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Confronting COVID-19: Healthy Buildings; Optimizing Mental Health

Tuesday, March 31 1:00-2:15 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) / 6:00pm – 7:15pm BST (British Summer Time) / 7:00pm – 8:15pm CEST (Central European Summer Time)

In this webinar, hear from experts about strategies to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 in buildings and communities, and built environment strategies for optimizing mental health in this time of disruption.

Confirmed Speakers:

Joseph Allen, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Joseph AllenDr. Joseph G. Allen is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, with John Macomber at Harvard Business School. He began his career conducting forensic health investigations of sick buildings in several hundred buildings across a diverse range of industries, including healthcare, biotechnology, education, commercial office real estate and manufacturing. At Harvard, Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program where he created ‘The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building’. He is also the faculty advisor to the Harvard Healthier Building Materials Academy. He works with Fortune 500 companies on implementing Healthy Building strategies in their global portfolios and presents internationally on the topic of Healthy Buildings. His work has been featured widely in the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Time, NPR, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Fortune and The New York Times. Dr. Allen is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology and an Associate Editor of the journal Indoor Air. He earned his Doctor of Science (DSc) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees from the Boston University School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology from Boston College. More information on his research can be found at:

Joanna Frank, President & CEO, Center for Active Design
Joanna FrankJoanna Frank is the Founding President & CEO of the Center for Active Design (CfAD), where she advances design and development practices to foster healthy and engaged communities. CfAD is the operator of Fitwel, a unique certification system originally developed by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Fitwel has translated the global public health evidence base into practical design and operational strategies for buildings and communities to optimize health. Prior to launching CfAD, Ms. Frank worked for the City of New York during the Bloomberg Administration, where her positions included Director of Active Design and Director of the NYC FRESH program. Ms. Frank’s career started in real estate development as a partner at Bright City Development, LLC where she was responsible for mixed-use residential projects that prioritized sustainable design. Ms. Frank is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Affordable/Workforce Housing Council and an active partner in ULI’s Building Healthy Places initiative.

Moderated by:

Elizabeth Shreeve, Principal, SWA Group

Elizabeth is an urban planner and designer with over 32 years of experience in land use, landscape architecture, and site restoration. As planning leader in SWA’s San Francisco and Sausalito studios, she focuses on urban infill and revitalization, campus planning, public outreach and communications. Elizabeth works closely with multi-disciplinary teams and public and private clients to translate physical, economic, and cultural factors into enduring physical designs and policy strategies that emphasize health, wellness, and sustainable practices.

An active member of the Urban Land Institute, Elizabeth serves as Chair of ULI’s Sustainable Development Council. She contributed to ULI’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit and has authored numerous professional articles including Open Spaces and Active Transportation (Urban Land). Her speaking engagements for ASLA, Yale University, USBGC, ULI, Housing California, and APA addressed best practices for achieving health, resiliency, and sustainable outcomes through design of urban environments.