How can we best measure meaningful outcomes in social equity, resilience, health, and biophilia?

27 Sep 2023
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How can we best measure meaningful outcomes in social equity, resilience, health, and biophilia?

How can we best measure meaningful outcomes in social equity, resilience, health, and biophilia?

27 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Nash Emrich
    Nash Emrich
    Associate | Sustainability at Buro Happold
    A licensed architect with a background in planning and urban revitalization, Nash guides clients to integrate sustainability strategies on a variety of project types. His specialty is achieving ambitious performance targets from ambiguous origins. Nash thrives when leading visioning workshops, is an expert in biophilic design, and is well-versed in neighborhood-scale urban planning. He provides technical support to validate clients’ sustainability strategies and manages certifications such as LEED, WELL, and Living Building Challenge. Nash is motivated by a belief that our communities should improve the health and happiness of all inhabitants. Our built environment can provide equitable access to resources, employ biophilic design, use materials that fit within a circular economy, and operate in balance with the local ecosystem. Nash’s commitment to this vision extends into the community, previously as a Living Future Ambassador and contributing to ILFI’s Biophilic Design Initiative, ULI Northwest, DC LBC Collaborative, and USGBC Montana.
  • Joel	Todd
    Joel Todd
    Consultant at Joel Ann Todd Consulting
    Joel Ann Todd has worked on green buildings for 30+ years, recently serving as a USGBC Senior Fellow advising on social equity. Throughout her career, she has focused on methods and metrics for encouraging and assessing green building efforts. She contributed to development of LEED 1.0 and its revisions, serving as Vice Chair and Chair of the LEED Steering Committee during major LEED revisions; she received the Leadership in LEED award for this contribution in 2013. She was co-founder and Co-Chair of the LEED Social Equity Working Group, developing three equity pilot credits; this effort was awarded the first Malcolm Lewis Impact award in 2014. She recently served on LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities Working Groups and their subgroups on Quality of Life. She has made presentations at green building conferences in the US and around the world and has published numerous papers on green buildings and sustainability.
  • Brittany Moffett
    Brittany Moffett
    Senior Resilience Engineer at Arup
    Brittany is a Senior Resilience Engineer based in Arup's Los Angeles office. Her expertise lies in analyzing and visualizing complex systems to identify opportunities to address underlying vulnerabilities and enhance adaptive capacity. She specializes in building decarbonization, evaluating decarbonization in the context of disruptions (e.g., what does all-electric mean during the next Hurricane Sandy?) and decarbonization as a disruption itself (e.g., investigating downstream risks like displacement). Brittany is committed to approaching climate action and the preservation of affordable housing as twin goals. Her work informs policy and program design at local and federal levels, collaborating with esteemed clients including HUD, NRDC, SCE, Enterprise, NYSERDA, as well as various City and County departments. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's degree in Building Science from USC's School of Architecture.

Key takeaways

- Articulate the benefits of fully integrating measurable intentions and outcomes into the development process for building projects, neighborhoods, and communities.

- Advocate for the integration of outcome-based sustainability verification methods on their projects.

- Increase their awareness of existing and developing outcome-based tools, methods, and metrics. Understand the limitations of current tools in capturing and understanding systemic impact.

- Contribute effectively to improving performance and outcome-based metrics as well as sharing examples to engage more projects and practitioners.