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GBC Speakers16th Annual New York State Green Building Conference


George Bandy

Keynote

George Bandy

George Bandy, Jr. serves as vice president of sustainability for Mohawk Group, a leading commercial flooring company known for cutting-edge and innovative flooring solutions. George is responsible for managing the comprehensive concepts and practices of sustainability for Mohawk. He identifies opportunities to position environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for both the organization and its customers so that, together, they can demonstrate the type of sustainability leadership that will result in a brighter future for us all.


Michael Green

Keynote

Michael Green

Michael Green is a Canadian architect recognized globally for his research, leadership, and advocacy in promoting the use of wood in the built environment. He lectures internationally on the subject, including his 2013 TED talk on "Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers," which has been viewed over a million times.


John Mardaljevic

Keynote

John Mardaljevic

John Mardaljevic (PhD FSLL FIBPSA) is Professor of Building Daylight Modelling in the School of Architecture, Building & Civil Engineering, Loughborough University (UK). Mardaljevic pioneered what is now known as Climate-Based Daylight Modelling (CBDM). Founded on rigorous validation work, CBDM is now the basis for research and, increasingly, industry practice worldwide. Mardaljevic's practice-based research and consultancy includes major projects such as the New York Times Building and The Hermitage (St. Petersburg). He currently serves as the 'UK Principal Expert on Daylight' for the European Committee for Standardisation CEN / TC 169 WG11, and on a number of International Commission on Illumination (CIE) technical committees. In 2012 Mardaljevic was presented the annual UK lighting award by the Society for Light and Lighting (SLL). He is Associate Director for Daylighting CIE Division 3 and CIE-UK Representative also for Division 3. In 2017 he received the IBPSA Innovative Application Award.


Hon. Martin O'Malley

Keynote

Hon. Martin O'Malley

Governor Martin O'Malley served two terms as Governor of Maryland from 2007-2015. Prior to that, he served two terms as Mayor of Baltimore. Called "the best manager in government today," Governor O'Malley has been recognized for his skillful leadership of Maryland and his success in implementing critical progressive priorities such as raising the minimum wage, signing marriage equality into law, abolishing the death penalty and passing the DREAM Act to provide in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

Under his leadership, Maryland's public schools were ranked #1 nationally for an unprecedented five years in a row. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce also named Maryland #1 in entrepreneurship and innovation for three years in a row. As Mayor he was awarded the Innovations in Government Award from the Harvard Kennedy School and in 2009, Governing Magazine named O'Malley "Public Official of the Year."

In 2013, O'Malley led the successful fight to ban the sale of combat assault weapons in Maryland, while also managing the state's reduction of violent crime down to 35-year lows and incarceration rate to 20-year lows.

Called "the best manager in government today," Governor O'Malley has been recognized for his skillful leadership of Maryland and his success in implementing critical environmental priorities such as growing the state's renewable energy generation by 41 percent and driving down Maryland's greenhouse gas emissions by 9.7 percent while putting the state on a path to cut Greenhouse Gas emissions by 25% by 2025. He also created Baystat - a new way of performance-managed cleanup, restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay to its best levels since 1985.

In 2016, O'Malley ran for the Democratic Nomination for President of the United States, and many of his policy proposals - on Immigration Reform, Public Safety, and Climate -- became part of the most progressive Democratic Party platform in history. And he was applauded as the candidate with the most aggressive climate plan that called for a 100% clean electric grid by 2050.

He and his wife, Judge Katie Curran O'Malley live in Baltimore and have four children.


Christina Aßmann

Christina Aßmann

A project architect with Ashley McGraw Architects, Christina Aßmann has 14 years of professional experience working on a variety of project types. Her interest in sustainability strategies stems from her upbringing in Germany where her parents instilled a focus on environmental stewardship. Christina's work embraces the integration of design, sustainability and exceeding her client's expectations. She holds the German equivalent of a M.S. in Architecture from the Universität Stuttgart, Germany and a Master in Architecture from the University of Kansas, where she was part of the renowned Studio 804. Christina is a licensed architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Passive House Consultant."

Co-Presenting with Michael Frisina.


Amber Bartosh

Amber Bartosh

Amber Bartosh is a LEED-accredited architect and interior designer who has designed and managed award-winning projects in the United States, China, Kuwait, and the U.A.E. She received her B.A. in Art and Architecture from Rice University and her M.Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Amber is currently an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture, a Syracuse Center of Excellence Faculty Fellow, and co-director of the Interactive Design and Visualization Lab (IDVL). Her work focuses on the sustainability and resilience of emergent materials and tools for architectural application through physical prototyping, advanced visualization technologies, and hybrid reality simulations.

Co-Presenting with Nicole Schuster.


Jonathan Benezry

Jonathan Benezry

Jonathan is a Senior Project Manager at NYSERDA and leads industry market development for the RetrofitNY initiative, which aims to create a self-sustaining market that will deliver deep energy retrofit solutions to New York’s affordable housing stock at scale. Previously, he served as a Senior Engineer with Steven Winter Associates, a research and consulting firm specializing in high-performance buildings. Before joining SWA, Jonathan oversaw major capital improvement projects at Related Management across a statewide portfolio of multifamily affordable housing properties, including an occupied high-rise building retrofit that achieved 40% energy savings. At Johnson Controls, where he began his career, he consulted on and drove sales of a suite of commercial HVAC products. Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Charles Bertuch

Charles Bertuch

Charles Bertuch has more than 30 years professional experience as a consultant and plant engineer. He is currently the Principal - Energy Solutions for Bergmann Associates in Syracuse, NY. He is a registered NYS PE, Certified Energy Manager, and LEED accredited professional. He has been involved in the design and implementation of more than 100 renewable energy projects, and evaluation of energy storage options for a variety of facilities.


Gretchen BeVard

Gretchen BeVard

Gretchen BeVard is a mechanical engineer and the owner of GMB Consulting Services, LLC. She designs HVAC and plumbing systems for all types of buildings using the integrated design process along with building integrated modeling. She has been working on Green Building projects starting with an internship in 2007. Certifying over 35 LEED projects and numerous sustainable projects Gretchen is well versed in Green Buildings.


Matthew Brubaker

Matthew Brubaker

Matthew Brubaker has over 17 years of experience in sustainable design, community building, and place making. Matt is the Campus Energy Manager for SUNY Cortland currently engaged in a number of initiatives from student engagement to energy master planning and measurement and verification programs of various energy efficiency measures. Matt along with many others, is overseeing the implementation of SUNY Cortland's Climate Action Plan for carbon neutrality by 2050. To get there, we have been achieving many firsts, including first large scale solar development project, first residence hall to go LEED Platinum on a SUNY Campus, and first SUNY to achieve a Gold rating in the STARS sustainability assessment from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.


Lisa Carey Moore

Lisa Carey Moore

Lisa has worked on a multitude of green building projects providing guidance to design teams and projects owners seeking LEED and Living Building Challenge Certification. For the last five years, she's delved deeply into material ingredients for 6 LBC projects, and has a breadth of experience working with manufacturers and different material disclosure programs.

Co-Presenting with Christopher Nielson.


Robert Charron

Robert Charron

Robert E. Charron, AIA, is a 1970 graduate of the Syracuse University Scholl of Architecture. He began teaching and researching architectural history and design at the SU School of Architecture in 1972. Since 1980, he has served as Assistant Professor at the Onondaga Community College Department of Architecture and Interior Design. Robert was licensed to practice architecture in New York State in 1979. He is a sole practitioner and his work focuses on historic preservation and community renewal. From 2008 to 2014 he was the architectural advisor to the Thousand Island Park Historic Preservation and Architectural Review Board. His work on the Thousand Island Park Preservation Handbook won an AIACNY Design Award in 2014. Robert is currently a Trustee of the Alexandria Township Historical Society.

Co-Presenting with Andrea Smith


Jim DAlosio

Jim D'Alosio

Jim D'Aloisio is passionate about a team approach to creation of high-quality buildings. He seeks to bridge the traditional siloes that exist in the design and construction realm, to inform projects and improve energy efficiency and performance. He is a trained presenter and has published and presented on the role of structural engineer in addressing embodied carbon and thermal performance.

Co-Presenting with Jodi Smits Anderson.


Tony Daniels

Tony Daniels

Tony Daniels, principal of Cycle Architecture + Planning, is an architect with a demonstrated commitment to green building and sustainability over 2 decades of practice in New York. His work on major civic projects has given him a deep and practical understanding of how to build outstanding architecture that is valuable to cities and communities.

Co-Presenting with Caitlin Martusewicz.


Jim Edelson

Jim Edelson

As Director of Codes and Policy at the New Buildings Institute (NBI), Jim Edelson has been at the forefront of national commercial energy code development. Jim has served on multiple codes boards and Advisory Committees in Oregon, Wisconsin, for the International Code Council, and ASHRAE. His international work includes assisting in development of the Republic of Fiji’s first national energy code. Recently, Jim has worked with NYSERDA to develop both versions of New York’s stretch codes, NYStretch Code – Energy 2015 and NYStretch Code – Energy 2018. Jim has 20 years of energy codes experience and has worked at NBI since 2002.

Co-Presenting with Priscilla Richards.


Mariana Figueiro

Mariana Figueiro

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.


Michael Frisina

Michael Frisina

Michael Frisina is an Architectural Designer and Design Technology Manager at Ashley McGraw Architects. He is a LEED AP, BD&C, has led the coordination effort on two LEED Platinum and one LEED Gold research facilities and is currently in training to be a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). Michael has presented "Sustainable Design & BIM Integration: Benefits & Pitfalls" at the 2014 New York State Green Building Conference, "Geothermal Systems" at 2013 STEM Education Weekend and been a guest lecturer for Thermodynamics courses at Binghamton University.

Co-Presenting with Amber Bartosh.


Nick Goldsmith

Nick Goldsmith

Nick Goldsmith works jointly with the City of Ithaca and the Town of Ithaca, New York as Sustainability Coordinator, where he plans and implements initiatives to reduce energy use in the community and in government operations. Nick serves on several boards, such as the Ithaca 2030 District, the Tompkins County Energy Task Force, and the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships Community Energy and Carbon Reduction Project Task Force.

Co-Presenting with Ian Shapiro.


David Gordon

David Gordon

David Gordon has over 20 years of experience in the building industry with a focus on HVAC system improvements. Pioneering early stage technologies, he has managed over 2,500 16th Annual New York State Green Building Conference - April 5 & 6, 2018 – www.nysgreenbuilding.org projects, working with owners, subcontractors, utilities, and engineering firms to assure optimized HVAC performance and / or indoor air quality compliance. More recent projects have resulted in deep energy savings through the application of sensors and graphic interfaces that report measurements and verifications of real time energy consumption. David is a graduate of the school of business administration at the University of Vermont, and is a LEED Green Building Associate.


Harry Gordon

Harry Gordon

Harry Gordon, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is the founding principal of Gordon + Gordon Architecture providing high performance sustainable building design and consulting services. During his 40+year career, his projects received major awards from the AIA, ULI, ASLA, USGBC, and GSA. His leadership in the Greening of The White House was commended by President Bill Clinton. His pioneering work in sustainable design led to leadership roles as a founding member of the AIA Committee on the Environment, the US Green Building Council, and Green Business Certification Inc. (current Vice Chair). His contributions to these organizations were recognized by an AIA Presidential Citation and the USGBC Leadership Award.

Co-Presenting with Tracie Hall


Petra Gruber

Petra Gruber

Dr. Petra Gruber is an architect with a strong interest in transdisciplinary design.

Holding a PhD in Biomimetics in Architecture from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria she was a research fellow at the Centre for Biomimetics at The University of Reading, UK, visiting professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and held lectures and workshops worldwide. Her research spans from projects on lunar base design to arts-based research on the translation of growth principles from nature into proto-architectural solutions.

Dr. Gruber is now based at the University of Akron at the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center BRIC.


Tracie Hall

Tracie Hall

As a mom-to-four and grandma to two, Tracie Hall has committed herself to Building a Better Future and she really believes Our Future is in Better Buildings.

As a professional, Tracie Hall has been involved in the non-profit sector for over thirty years. In March 2006, Hall was named Green Building Advocate of the Year at the NYS Green Building Conference, then in September 2006 she accepted the role of Executive Director for the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter. Her passion for green building and sustainable design was fueled through her involvement in a project that became the first LEED® certified building in Syracuse. Her mission is to bring educational programming and advocacy outreach to the large geographic region the community encompasses (55 counties in NYS). She is dedicated to accelerating change and helping to shape the future of green building practices. In 2015 she accepted a role as Community, Director - New York Upstate for the U.S. Green Building Council.

As a proud alumna of the State University College at Buffalo, she spends much of her time on the highways and byways of New York State, preaching the gospel of green and speaking about sustainability.

Co-Presenting with Harry Gordon


Owen Kerney

Owen Kerney

Owen Kerney currently serves as an Assistant Director in the Syracuse – Onondaga County Planning Agency. He leads the City's Planning Division, which focuses on urban planning and design, historic preservation, public art, and sustainability initiatives to promote and enhance the livability and prosperity of the City of Syracuse. Owen develops and manages planning and capital projects for the City including the City's Comprehensive Plan 2040, the ReZone Syracuse project, the Elevating Erie initiative, Brownfield programs, and multiple State and Federal grant projects. He lives in Syracuse with his wife Melanie and their three children.


Tom King

Tom King

Tom holds a Master's Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and held a leading role on the winning 2015 USDOE Solar Decathlon team. Previously, he studied architecture at Roger Williams University, and composite manufacturing technologies at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS). Tom is now a designer at King and King Architects, exploring high performance buildings, renewable energy resources and leading architectural detailing to reduce energy consumption and increase occupant comfort in buildings.

Co-Presenting with Pete King & Gordon Woodcock.


Mark Maddalina

Mark Maddalina

Mark Maddalina has been with the firm since 2005. As SWBR's Sustainable Design Director, Mark educates project teams, coordinates educational, advocacy and outreach efforts, and oversees the firm's sustainability policies and reporting. He has served as Project Architect and LEED AP for numerous sustainable Higher Education projects.

Co-Presenting with Kristin Schuster.


Maureen Mahle

Maureen Mahle

Maureen McGeary Mahle is a Senior Vice President and Director of Sustainable Housing Services at Steven Winter Associates, Inc. (SWA), a leading research and consulting firm specializing in energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Maureen has certified over 10,000 green housing units in 10 states under LEED for Homes and other green rating systems. She works to tie human health to energy efficiency and green building, and she has spent the past dozen years training developers, designers, and builders to think holistically and build meticulously.

Co-presenting with Owen Kerney and Joe Sisko


Caitlin Martusewicz

Caitlin Martusewicz

Caitlin Martusewicz, a project manager at Cycle, is a Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture graduate and an Irma Weiss Fellow with a passion for international sustainable development. She has worked abroad in West Africa and Southeast Asia, designing and building triple bottom line child-friendly spaces, as well as in New York designing homes for flood resilience.

Co-presenting with Tony Daniels.


Jeff Morrow

Jeff Morrow

Jeff Morrow is a Program Manager for Lend Lease specializing in construction. Prior to leading the construction of new Lend Lease hotels for the Privatization of Army Lodging (PAL) program, he was Senior Project Engineer at Fort Campbell, KY, where he pioneered new approaches to energy and resource conservation in Lend Lease's groundbreaking Zero Energy Homes project. This project provided a creative and viable strategy for achieving real change in the environmental impact of Lend Lease buildings. Jeff earned a B.S. and M.S. in Building Construction Management from Purdue University. In 2013, he was recognized by Professional Builder Magazine's "40 Under 40" awards.


Farah Nibbs

Farah Nibbs

Farah is a graduate student at SUNY ESF, doing a Masters degree in Environmental engineering specializing in sustainable construction.

The focus of her master's project is in creating a sustainable and affordable rainwater harvesting system for small island developing states (SIDS) and remote rural communities using Ferrocement and Biosand filters. This project hopes to offer an alternative path for climate change adaptation and resilience and water security in these communities. Towards this end she has recently returned from Grenada where she built the first prototype of this tank. Ms Nibbs has been featured on Going Green which is a Spectrum news programme on sustainability. The link to this news clip can be found her: http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/central-ny/going-green/2017/11/19/going-green--rainwater-harvesting .

Miss Nibbs is also a graduate assistant in the sustainability office at SUNY ESF where she works to assist the ESF campus community to improve sustainability using AASHE STARS while supporting the sustainability working groups. She is also employed as an academic consultant with the Dimensions Programme at Syracuse University. There, she engages with students of colour to provide support and direction, and to track their academic performance and offer help where needed. She also assists in developing and executing organisational programmes and workshops.

Miss Nibbs is a recipient of the first ever National Science Foundation SURGE fellowship (beginning January 1st 2018). She is also a LEED Green Associate, and the recent recipient of the Charles Lathrop Pack Memorial Student Grant, USGBC Greenbuild 2017 Regional Scholarship and the Jay and Olive Bentley Scholarship.


Christopher Nielson

Christopher Nielson

Christopher is an architect who also has extensive LBC experience to share, having participated in the design and project management for Bruner/Cott's award winning COTE top 10 building, the RW Kern Center. His research includes an ongoing study of moisture performance in a double stud wall (with Marc Rosenbaum, PE).

Co-presenting with Lisa Carey Moore.


Jonathan Orpin

Jonathan Orpin

Jonathan is founder and president of two western New York businesses: Pioneer Millworks, which over its 26 years in business has recycled more than 26 million board feet of wood, and New Energy Works Timberframers. Combined, these companies employ 130 designers, timberwrights, engineers, craftsmen, and community members in their shops in NY and OR. Each company and its members use the Triple Bottom Line (3BL) of People, Planet, and Profit as their guiding business principles.


Nicholas Rajkovich

Nicholas Rajkovich

Nicholas B. Rajkovich, PhD, AIA is an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo in the Department of Architecture. His research investigates the intersection of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and adaptation to climate change in buildings and communities. Prior to earning a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, he was a Senior Program Engineer at the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company Customer Energy Efficiency Department. At PG&E, he was responsible for coordinating a new Zero Net Energy Pilot Program. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.


Priscilla	Richards

Priscilla Richards

Priscilla Richards is a Program Manager for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). She leads initiatives targeting advancement and increased compliance for energy codes. Her educational background is in electrical engineering and public policy. Ms. Richards has worked for more than 25 years promoting energy efficiency in the commercial and industrial sectors, primarily developing and implementing policy, information-sharing, and incentive programs focused on energy efficiency.


Kristin Schuster

Kristin Schuster

Kristin Schuster started at SWBR as a college intern and joined the firm full-time upon graduation in 2007. She is an Architect in the Education studio, specializing in Higher Education projects and Sustainable Design / LEED certification.

Co-presenting with Mark Maddalina.


Nicole Schuster

Nicole Schuster

Nicole Schuster is a project architect at Ashley McGraw Architects with a strong interest in building science and passive strategies for high performance buildings. She has 10 years of experience with multiple building types and strives for maximum positive impact with each project. Nicole is a licensed architect, president of her local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a LEED Accredited Professional, and the first architect in Central New York to become a Certified Passive House Consultant. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University.

Co-presenting with Christina Aßmann


Ian Shapiro

Ian Shapiro

Ian Shapiro founded Taitem Engineering in Ithaca, NY in 1989. He is the author of the books Green Building Illustrated (2014) and Energy Audits and Improvements for Commercial Buildings (2016), both published by Wiley. He has been a visiting lecturer at Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and Syracuse University..

Co-Presenting with Nick Goldsmith.


Kelly Siman

Kelly Siman

Siman's research focuses on the social-ecological resilience of Ohio's Lake Erie shoreline, adaptive management and polycentric governance structures, with biomimetic applications that support long-term system resilience, moving away from "random acts of restoration" to a holistic, data-driven approach to management. Current projects include the development a low-cost, open source dual-beam visual spectrometer to detect Phosphates and Nitrates using a smartphone; conducting a Lake Erie coastal system resilience assessment; and conducting a social network analysis of coastal governance with a grant through the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). Siman is working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Management; The Cleveland Water Alliance; and Biohabitats, Inc.


Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith, AICP is the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Ogdensburg, NY. She received a dual Master's in Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in 2008 where she previously earned her Bachelor's in Landscape Architecture in 2006. In 2011, Ms. Smith relocated to her native home in Ogdensburg and has been working for the City's planning office on their Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program. In January 2013, Ms. Smith was appointed to her current position as Director. Presently, the department administers over $2 million in EPA brownfields grant funds, and nearly $500,000 in NYS DOS grants. Andrea also serves as the Administrative Director of the Ogdensburg Growth Fund Development Corporation, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life within the greater Ogdensburg area through maximizing employment opportunities, job training, business assistance, and economic revitalization efforts.

Co-Presenting with Robert Charron.


Jodi Smits Anderson

Jodi Smits Anderson

Jodi Smits Anderson is the Director of Sustainability Programs for DASNY. She is an architect, LEED AP BD+C, AIA member, and has served the USGBC in local and national committees. She has spoken at the ILFI unconference in Seattle, and at Greenbuild, NESEA's Building Energy, and the NYS GBC. She is a Conquer the Energy Code and GPRO trainer and has assisted in research and writing for Project Drawdown. Her goal is to incorporate sustainable practices into design, construction and living, and to share whatever she has learned and learn still more from whomever will talk with her.

Co-Presenting with Jim D'Aloisio..


Paul Torcellini

Paul Torcellini

Paul Torcellini is a Principal Engineer for Commercial Buildings Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a DOE national laboratory, and an Associate Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Paul has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers and articles related to energy efficiency and zero-energy commercial buildings. Among his many awards, Paul has received two ASHRAE Technology Awards for his energy-efficient buildings work and two Energy User News magazine's Efficient Building Awards. Paul was key in creating the performance based procurement process used to achieve zero energy building status for NREL's Research Support Facility and has been key in the development of the Advanced Energy Design Guide series from ASHRAE.

Paul is a registered Professional Engineer holding a PhD from Purdue University and a BSME from WPI.


Aaron Wouters

Aaron Wouters

Fitwel is a third-party certification system designed to help organizations enhance health, wellbeing and productivity in the workplace. Aaron Wouters is the first Fitwel Ambassador from Canada, and was intrigued with how Fitwel highlights key features and attributes of buildings to enhance human health and ensure chronic disease prevention. Thanks to the knowledge he has gained as a Fitwel Ambassador, Aaron now finds that he has a heightened awareness of how different building attributes can affect the health of its occupants.