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Addressing Public Health through Smart Purchasing

Lisa Conway
Lisa Conway, V.P. of Sustainability, Americas for Interface
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Joey Shea
Joey Shea, Manager, Mission Activation, Interface
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According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and others, climate change is the greatest threat to public health in the 21st century. Climate change also disproportionately affects communities of color and more vulnerable, less resilient communities.

What many do not know is that the biggest impact most organizations have on climate change is their purchasing decisions - especially when we consider how crucial the next 10 years are. These "embodied carbon emissions" from manufacturers' supply chains are directly influenced by their customers, including schools. Learn what you can do to develop a strategy to address this important, but unprioritized, opportunity for impact. For no increased cost, purchasing decisions can lead to better public health (and therefore student health) outcomes, better resource management, and a meaningful investment in creating a stable and healthy climate.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to articulate the connection between climate change and human health.
  • Understand carbon smart building beyond operational efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Define the embodied carbon opportunity and be able to talk about it with suppliers.
  • Understand strategies and tools to assist with embodied carbon measurement and reduction.

Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW

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EDmarket / Interface
Title: Addressing Public Health through Smart Purchasing
Date: Wednesday, Septermber 16, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)
Field of Study: Health/Wellness
Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW
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