Environmental Justice – Start Here

26 Sep 2023
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Environmental Justice – Start Here

Environmental Justice – Start Here

26 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Simon Fowell
    Simon Fowell
    Principal Economist at Autocase
    Simon Fowell is Principal Economist at Autocase. He has a decade to economic, social, and environmental evaluation and planning of major real estate, infrastructure and public projects/programs. Previously a researcher at the UK’s leading environmental economic practice. He has worked on economic analysis and project/policy evaluation across North America to enhance cost-effective decision-making. He currently sits on the USGBC Equity, Diverity, and Inclusion Working Group.
  • Susan Kaplan
    Susan Kaplan
    President at BuildingWrx
    Before creating BuildingWrx, Ms. Kaplan was Dir. of Sustainability for the Battery Park City Authority, involved in creating some of the first green multifamily residential buildings in the country. Ms. Kaplan, a LEED Fellow and former USGBC Sr. Fellow, is a founding co-chair of the USGBC's Social Equity Working Group and a former chair of the Urban Green Council, USGBC’s local NYC chapter. Ms. Kaplan is currently part of the advisory committees for LEED for Cities and immediate past advisory member of IWBI's WELL Community Advisory. She is also part of the advisory group for the nonprofit Sustainable Jersey City.
  • Larissa McFall
    Larissa McFall
    LEED Associate at U.S. Green Building Council
    Larissa is an emerging professional in the field of architecture and the built environment, looking to prioritize sustainability, equity, and social justice in all her work. As a member of the LEED Technical Development Team, she will aid in efforts to further amplify equitable solutions and approaches in LEED v5 and elsewhere throughout the organization. Having previously worked as the 2022 LEED for Cities Equity Fellow, she aided local governments in the national leadership cohort in reaching equity goals while they work towards LEED certification. The work culminated into an Equity Scan across local governments, assessing the state of the industry, taking a closer look at how equity presents itself or needs to be addressed at the city scale. As part of this role, she has spoken at USGBC Live and Greenbuild in 2022. She is a graduate of Drexel University, having completed a Bachelor of Architecture and minor in Construction Management. Larissa enjoys research, always wanting to learn more about anthropology, culture, and people. In 2021, Larissa received a certificate from MoMA’s “Reimagining Blackness and Architecture”, where she was able to dive deeper into her understanding of the Black spatial experience. This work has carried into the development and execution of her senior thesis project, exploring and unpacking the impacts of colonialism on the economy and social infrastructure of the Bahamas, where her family is from. Entitled “Black Space Reimagined: Reclaiming Resilience”, the project is a cultural arts center and museum that fosters community engagement and cooperation through sustainable design, shared public spaces, and is a take on revitalizing public amenity and attractions away from the tourism industry. Larissa previously worked under the non-profit startup Normal Next in their C/Corps program, where a team of 5 associates came together to undergo training in design thinking, collaboration, and human-centered approaches. From there the team worked together on projects that aid public leaders in addressing issues related to climate change, equity, and public health. This included development of content and interviews for the future Jacksonville Area Music Museum. In her free time, Larissa likes to do yoga, paint, and take care of her many houseplants. She is also a photographer, both professionally and for fun, doing portraits, fashion, and product branding; she has also begun exploring film photography.
  • Rashida Mogri
    Rashida Mogri
    Sr. Sustainable Design Specialist at HOK
    As a Sr. Sustainability Specialist, Rashida Mogri collaborates with design teams to understand climate factors, and focuses building performance efforts to help projects maintain their energy targets while promoting occupant comfort. Moreover, she leverages her expertise in LEED, WELL and Fitwel to guide projects’ design and certifications, and strives to incorporate wellness and equity in all her projects. Throughout her career, Rashida has worked on varying project scales, advising on all aspects of sustainable design and construction. She is a registered architect in the state of Texas and is particularly well-versed in workplace, healthcare, and justice projects – including one that that will be a Net-Zero detention facility!

Key takeaways

- Understand the four pillars of equity that the checklist focuses around and how to critically answer the questions

- Apply the checklist to achieve LEED Integrative Process points in BD+C v4.1

- Use the Building Environmental Justice Tool and apply it on projects

- Access other tools to be used to support equity on projects