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Heather Henriksen: Campus Planning: Climate Preparedness & Health and Well-being


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Heather Henriksen: Campus Planning: Climate Preparedness & Health and Well-being

  1. 1. ISCN  Working  Group  II   Campus  Planning:  Climate  Preparedness  &   Health  and  Well-­‐being   Heather  Henriksen,  Director,  Office  for  Sustainability         Tuesday,  June  3,  2014    
  2. 2. “Preparedness” framing aligns public action on climate change with core community values (protecting our families, protecting our homes, protecting our communities…) -  Professor Dan Schrag Director, Harvard Center for the Environment
  3. 3. Robustness PROTECTS from damage. Resilience is RECOVERING from damage
  4. 4. Current Conditions
  5. 5. 5 ft. Flooding
  6. 6. 7.5 ft. Flooding
  7. 7. Examples of Climate Resilient Policies   •  Build infrastructure to withstand flooding/storm surge. •  Flood proof below 100-year flood elevations (or higher). •  Non-mechanical strategies to support building functionality during climate events (e.g. key-operable windows for ventilation). •  Locate critical facilities above basement or ground levels. •  Design facilities to reduce urban heat-island effect. •  Green or white roofs to reduce summer cooling loads. •  Design stormwater management for extreme precipitation events. •  Diversification of energy supply and incorporation of renewable energy to hedge against grid outages
  8. 8. Harvard Climate Preparedness Working Group   Goals: 1.  Vulnerability Assessment to determine impacts of climate change on critical infrastructure. 2.  Preparedness Standards & Policies for facilities and infrastructure in high risk areas. 3.  Severe Weather Emergency Preparedness Initiatives Partners: •  Environmental Health & Safety •  Office for Sustainability •  Energy & Facilities •  Planning & Project Management •  Risk Management & Audit Services •  School Representatives
  9. 9. Harvard Climate Preparedness Summit 1.  Over 100 emergency officials from Schools, administrative departments, peer institutions and city/state/federal agencies. 2.  Expert presentations. 3.  Preparedness exercise emphasizing collaboration, forward- thinking. 4.  Co-hosted by EVP, Sustainability & Emergency Management.
  10. 10. 1.  Vulnerability assessment lays foundation for a preparedness plan. 2.  Three Harvard professors (FAS, GSD, HSPH) and MIT professors providing expertise advise. Commission. City of Cambridge Technical study: Population, Infrastructure, Public Health & Local Economy   3.  Currently analyzing coastal storm surge flooding in coordination with MassDOT and Boston Water and Sewer  
  11. 11. Climate  Preparedness   How  is  your  ins4tu4on  thinking  about  climate   preparedness  and  adapta4on  strategies?  Does   your  ins4tu4on  have  building  guidelines  or   standards  that  address  future  climate  concerns   (flooding,  heat,  etc.)?    If  so,  what  are  your   standards?    Do  you  work  with  other  local   ins4tu4ons  regarding  preparedness  planning   and  strategies  (if  so,  who)?  
  12. 12. ISCN  Working  Group  II   Campus  Planning:  Health  and  Well-­‐being   Heather  Henriksen,  Director,  Office  for  Sustainability         Tuesday,  June  3,  2014    
  13. 13. Healthy  OperaLons  and  Maintenance   1.  Over  90  acres  of  organic  landscaping.   2.  More  than  10  million  sq.  K.  of  cer4fied  green  cleaning.   3.  4  Schools  with  School-­‐wide  compos4ng.  500  tons  of  landscape   waste  composted.   4.  Trash  tonnage  dropped  by  2,600  tons  from  FY04  –  FY13  
  14. 14. Improved  Well-­‐Being  and  Community   1.  Model  Seafood  Purchasing  Program.   2.  Harvard  on  the  Move  and  Healthy  Harvard.   3.  Local  and  Organic  Food  Dining  Budget.   4.  Two  Farmers  Markets.   5.  Four  Community  Gardens.  
  15. 15. Translating Research and Teaching Into Action 1.  Student  Sustainability   Grants.   2.  Classroom  Connec4ons.   3.  Engineering,  computer   science,  biology,  and   public  health  projects.  
  16. 16. 4.  HEALTH  AND  WELL-­‐BEING   Goals   Current  Status   A.  Reduce  exposure  to  toxics   •  Building  materials  toxic  disclosure  and   phase  out  2  chemicals   •  Chemicals  used  on  campus  and  personal   products   •  Enhance  Indoor  Air  Quality     •  Addressed  in  Green  Building  Standards   2014  Review            Healthy  Harvard   •  Increase  par4cipa4on/access  to  wellness   programs     •  On-­‐going            Tobacco  Smoke   •  Con4nue  to  develop  and  implement   policies.   •  Longwood,  HKS  =  smoke  free.   •  Other  loca4ons  =  Policies  in  development     B.  Sustainable  and  Healthful  Food     •  Develop  standards   •  Green  Restaurant  AssociaLon   •  Low  environmental-­‐impact  food   •  Local  food         •  HSPH,  HBS,  HLS,  and  College  Residen4al   Dining  are  Green  Restaurant  Cer4fied  
  17. 17. The  Living  Building  Challenge  
  18. 18. IntegraLng  Toxic  Materials  Reviews  in   Buildings:   1.   Require  LEED  credits  revolving  around   environmental  and  health  product   disclosures.     2.  Project  teams  are  required  to  document   a+empts  to  find  products  that  are  Red  List/ Cer4fica4on  compliant.   1 8  
  19. 19.                                   Detailed Examples of Chemicals to Avoid Chemicals   LEED  v4  &  LBC  Red   List     Key  Building  Materials   Halogenated  Flame  Retardants  (HFR)   (includes  PBDE,  TBBPA,  HBCD,  Deca-­‐BDE,  TCPP,  TCEP,  Dechlorane  Plus  and   other  retardants  with  bromine  or  chlorine)   x                   !  Duct  liner   !  Carpet  and  carpet  backing   !  Building  insula4on   !  Resilient  flooring   !  Ceiling  4les   !  Composite  wood  products   !  Wood  products     !  PVC   !  Furniture     !  Upholstery,  acous4c  wall   panels   !  Paints,  primers,  adhesives,   sealants,  wood  preserva4ves,   floor  wax,  epoxy  products       Heavy  Metals  (i.e.  cadmium,  lead,  mercury)   x   Perflourinated  compounds  (PFCs),  including  PFOA  and  PFOS   x    (LEED)   Phthalates   x   Formaldehyde   x   Chlorinated  Building  Materials   Polyethylene  and  Chlorosulfonated  Polyethlene  (includes  PVC)   x   VOCs   x   CFCs  and  HCFCs   x   Asbestos   x  (LBC  Red  List)   Petrochemical  FerLlizers  and  PesLcides:  PesLcides,  Herbicides,  Fungicides   x  (LBC  Red  List)   Wood  treatments  containing  Creosote,  Arsenic  or  Pentachlorophenol   x  (LBC  Red  List)   Chloroprenet  (neoprene)   x  (LBC  Red  List)  
  20. 20. Increase of Health Product Disclosure 0   200   400   600   800   1000   1200   1400   Oct-­‐13   Nov-­‐13   Material  Info  on  GreenWizard   Pre-­‐  and  Post-­‐  Greenbuild  Conference   159%  Growth  in  One  Month   Red  List  Free   Declare  Label   EPDs   HPDs   2 0  
  21. 21. Health   Are  issues  of  human  health  related  to  chemical   exposures  from  building  products  or  consumer   products  an  area  of  concern  or  focus  at  your   ins4tu4on?    Is  your  ins4tu4on  taking  any  ac4on   rela4ng  to  toxic  chemical  exposures  on  campus   from  building  products  or  personal  care   products  (beyond  chemicals  in  labs,  but  you  can   discuss  lab  chemicals  too)?    If  yes,  please  briefly   describe  
  22. 22. LEARN  MORE   @GreenHarvard   #GreenHarvard