NIBS COVID-19 Town Hall: Healthy Buildings & the Effect on Public Health During the Pandemic

Date: August 25, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 pm/ET

Location: Zoom Virtual Meeting

Sponsored By
Dell Technologies - Intel

The National Institute of Building Sciences will host a Virtual Town Hall with leaders from across the built environment to address concerns regarding building safety around COVID-19. In this town hall, experts will discuss the importance of healthy buildings. As we continue to respond to COVID-19, it is essential that the built environment work to prioritize the following:

  • Public health
  • Climate justice
  • Green energy sector

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Mahesh Ramanujam is proving that building a more sustainable world is no longer a dream, but a global evolution. As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), he leads a community of 13 million people that’s growing every day.

Ramanujam serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of GRESB, a private organization wholly owned by GBCI.

Before becoming President and CEO of USGBC, Ramanujam served as the organization’s COO and CIO. Prior to joining GBCI in 2009, he was COO of Emergys Corp., and for more than a decade, he successfully led business transformation programs at IBM and Lenovo.

Ramanujam is a graduate from India’s Annamalai University, where he earned a degree in Computer Engineering.

Stephanie Carlisle is an architect and ecologist whose work focuses on the interaction between the constructed and natural environment, including life cycle assessment, urban ecology, environmental justice, and climate policy. Combining a background in environmental science, anthropology, and architectural design, Stephanie serves as a bridge between research and practice, bringing data-driven analysis to complex design problems. At the Carbon Leadership Forum, she works to develop open access embodied carbon and LCA data, tools, and methods to support the building sector in radically decarbonizing construction.

Before coming to the CLF, Stephanie worked for nine years as a Principal and Environmental Researcher at KieranTimberlake Architects in Philadelphia, where she helped lead the office’s research on embodied carbon, material health, and environmental impacts.

Stephanie received a Master’s in Environmental Management and Master’s of Architecture from Yale University. She is presently a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Scenario Journal.

Ruth Thomas-Squance, PhD, MPH, is Director of Field Building at the Build Healthy Places Network, where she ensures delivery of high-quality activities and content in line with the organization’s national Field Building Strategy. Dr. Thomas-Squance’s passion for contributing to the promotion of health and social equity has taken her from a successful career in biomedical research to management in the non-profit and public sectors.

Before joining the Network she worked at San Francisco Department of Public Health in Whole Person Care, a Medi-Cal waiver program strategizing approaches to improve outcomes for adults experiencing homelessness and high users of urgent emergent healthcare services.

Dr. Thomas-Squance earned her doctorate from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, UK and her Master of Public Health from UC Berkeley.

Dr. 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. At Harvard, Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program, where he created ‘the 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building.’ He is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Deputy Director of the Harvard Center for Education and Research on Occupational Health and Safety.

Dr. Allen is an internationally-renowned expert on the topic of Healthy Buildings. He has been a leading voice in the response to COVID-19. He is an expert member of the Lancet Commission for COVID-19 and has been advising CEOs across major sectors of the economy: healthcare, academia, finance, media, manufacturing, courts, prisons, shelters, and the arts.

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.


Vicki Worden is the President & CEO of the Green Building Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating adoption of resource-efficient, healthy, resilient, and environmentally sustainable practices into every building.

GBI provides education, tools, and standards delivered through user-friendly software to help teams set and measure goals for the design, construction, operations, and evolution of their buildings and portfolios. GBI has third-party certified thousands of buildings across North America through its Green Globes and Guiding Principles Compliance programs, which support every building situation, from individual building owners through some of the largest portfolio managers in the world, including the Department of Defense. Worden is the former chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council, is a former judge of the White House ‘Closing the Circle’ Awards, and is an accomplished public affairs and association management professional holding an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Chester University.


Jennifer Hitzke,
Executive Assistant & Board Liaison
National Institute of Building Sciences

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