SAN FRANCISCO – The inaugural Building Health Forum, the first event from the U.S. Green Building Council of Northern California’s Building Health Initiative, will be hosted at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Mission Bay on December 11, 2014.

The forum will bring together nearly 300 of the world’s preeminent experts and thought leaders pioneering the healthy buildings and healthy communities movement. It will offer keynotes, educational sessions, tours and networking receptions.

The event will cover the emerging sectors of indoor environmental quality, community and social equity, and materials and transparency. Specific panels will host discussions on topics like biophilia in design, data and healthy communities, changing California standards for toxic flame retardants, and new technologies for increasing and measuring health in the built environment. Speakers at the forum will include: Majora Carter, an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer and Peabody Award winning broadcaster; David Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont; Dr. Richard Jackson, Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Antwi Akom, Co-Founder of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design, Founder and CEO of Streetwize, and Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology, Public Health and STEM Education at San Francisco State University.

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