Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

This webinar is third in CDC’s Design For Health series which explores mechanisms to optimize the built environment for health. One of the webinar's speakers is Casey Lindberg, Ph.D a postdoctoral research associate with the Institute on Place and Wellbeing (IPW). The IPW is an interdisciplinary institute linking the expertise of the University of Arizona's  colleges of Medicine, Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, and the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

Webinar Information: 1-866-767-8347 | Participant Code: 94403934
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About the Speakers

Kevin Kampschroer is the Chief Sustainability Officer, and the Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, in the US General Services Administration. He has created the framework for which GSA responds to the challenges of improving a diverse and aging portfolio of commercial buildings so that they can serve the mission needs of their occupants, support effective work, and deliver solid financial performance. He has devised a challenge for companies to dramatically improve the government’s ability to achieve deep retrofits through Energy Savings Performance contracts—which has doubled the amount of energy conservation from these contracts. His team manages the government’s implementation of a comprehensive improvement in the training and certification of facility managers and personnel across the entire Federal government (Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010). In 2010, the first medical study showing the link between building characteristics on office worker stress and heart function was published; he was a contributing author. It showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light and IEQ. Current work is showing more specific links between the building functions and kinds of office layout and stress, physical activity and health. His goal is to influence and accelerate industry capability and adoption of high-performance principles across all aspects of asset creation, operation, maintenance, and disposal. He leads GSA's effort to manage incremental weather and climate-related risks in prudent federal investments for public safety, health, and security. He has worked on developing new energy conservation legislation, in expanding the scope of integrated design and related training,
Mr. Kampschroer led the design of improving building performance directed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and directed the compilation of metrics which are still used to measure building performance. He led the creation of real estate portfolio management; the establishment of performance measures linked to pay and budget; and was the project manager for the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Trade Center, then the second largest office building in the United States (344 M2). Mr. Kampschroer has worked for GSA for more than 43 years and is a graduate of Yale University.
Esther Sternberg, MD, is currently Professor of Medicine and Founding Research Director for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona at Tucson. She is the Founding Director of the UA Institute on Place and Wellbeing, and holds joint appointments at UA as Professor in Medicine and Psychology. Prior to joining UA, Dr. Sternberg served for 26 years in the National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Program as Senior Scientist and Section Chief of Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health. Her best-selling popular books, Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being and The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions, are highly readable, informative, and scientifically based inspirations seeking answers to the complexities and 21st century frontiers of stress, place, healing, and wellness. Healing Spaces was recognized by the President of the American Institute of Architects as an inspiration for launching the AIA’s Design and Health Initiative.

Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., is Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has also served as Light and Health Program Director at the LRC since 1999. Dr. Figueiro is well known for her research on the effects of light on human health, circadian photobiology, and lighting for older adults. She holds a bachelor’s in architectural engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a master’s in lighting and a doctorate in multidisciplinary science from Rensselaer. Her master’s and Ph.D. dissertation research focused on the human circadian response to light. Figueiro is the recipient of the 2007 NYSTAR James D. Watson Award, the 2008 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and the 2010 Rensselaer James M. Tien ’66 Early Career Award. In 2013 she was elected Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society. She is the author of more than 80 scientific articles in her field of research, along with the AARP-sponsored publication, Lighting the Way: a Key to Independence, which provides guidelines for the design of lighting to meet the needs of older adults. Her research is regularly featured in national media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Scientific American. Dr. Figueiro has also brought attention to the significance of light and health as a topic of public interest through her recent TEDMED talk.
Casey Lindberg, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona Institute on Place and Wellbeing. His PhD in experimental psychology from Stanford University and his Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado allow for his expertise in studying how the built environment affects human health, wellbeing, and performance. He is particularly interested in design solutions for the dissimilar effects the built environment has on people due to individual differences.

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