To many, climate change conjures up thoughts of tired political battles, extreme weather or stranded polar bears. Perhaps most devastatingly, it can instill feelings of helplessness.
But what if climate change instead drew awareness of unpredictable migrations of infectious disease, increases in childhood asthma, and major vulnerabilities in our built environment? That’s where the conversation is increasingly headed, especially for the world’s most vulnerable communities. Framing both global warming and green building as public health issues rather than an environmental one produces the most emotionally compelling response. It quite literally hits home. How can sustainable building and community-scale design offer a clear pathway toward a healthier planet?
Join a panel of the world’s preeminent experts on the topics of climate change, resiliency, green building and public health for a thought-provoking conversation at the intersection of climate change, public health and the built environment.
Cyndy Comerford, Manager of Planning & Fiscal Policy, City and County of SF
Cynthia Comerford is the Planning and Policy Manager for the Environmental Health Branch in the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Her work focuses on comprehensive planning and the development of practical tools and approaches to creating healthy cities. She directs the organizational, policy and fiscal functions of the Environmental Health Branch, which includes developing and evaluating policy and budgets, analyzing legislation, and developing strategic plans. Cynthia is a key leader in the Department’s Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability and has comprehensive management experience leading complex programs from strategy development to implementation and impact assessment. Cyndy currently directs the department’s Climate and Health and Health Impact Assessment Program and is working on efforts to reduce human trafficking, improve low income housing quality and prepare local governments for the health impacts of climate change. She has been a leader, individual contributor, and advocate for many San Francisco Open Data Initiatives and is passionate about helping government become more data driven and evidence-based in policy making. Cyndy serves on several national, regional and local advisory committees and currently represents the San Francisco Department of Public Health on the Municipal Green Building Task Force and the Mayor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking.
Dr. Linda Rudolph works in the Public Health Institute Center for Climate Change and Health. She has many years of experience in public health, with expertise in climate change, health in all policies, and healthy communities. Linda previously served as Deputy Director for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the California Departmetn of PUblic HEalth, and as Health Officer for the City of Berkeley. She was recognized by the White HOuse as a Champion of Change for her work on pubic health and climate change.
Heather Wooten is a vice president of programs at ChangeLab Solutions, leading the organization's work in Healthy Planning. She manages a team of professionals researching best practices, developing policy tools, and working with communities to connect land use, community development, and health. She is a co-author of one of the premier publications on developing and implementing health policy language in land use plans, How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Heather co-authored the Oakland Food System Assessment: Towards a Sustainable Food Plan through the Oakland Mayor's Office of Sustainability. She also currently serves on the Oakland Food Policy Council.
Cole Roberts leads the energy and sustainability business in Arup’s San Francisco office. Cole has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences, an invited speaker to the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, and a published contributor to numerous conferences and peer reviewed journals. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. He has recently co-authored the book “Two Degrees – Our Built Environment and the Changing Climate”.
- Intro: Brian Back, Senior VP, Building Health Initiative
Hosted by the USGBC's Building Health Initiative and Arup's Healthcare 2030