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1 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Jonathan Herz, AIA, LEED® U.S. General Services Administration William Walsh Healthy Building Network Karla Armenti, ScD, MS Consulting in Occupational and Environmental Sciences Building Health Back Into Community - Toward the Creation of a More Sustainable and Less Toxic Built Environment, Part I Built Environment Institute III:

2 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Remaining BEI Sessions Session IV: School Environments - Not Just Little Offices Session V: Transportation, The Built Environment, and Public Health: A Critical Review of the Science Session VI: Discussions on Direct and Indirect Influences of a Schools Built Environment on Health and Physical Activity Session VII: Building Health Back into Community - Toward the Creation of a More Sustainable and Healthful, Less Toxic Built Environment, Part II Session VII: Building Health Back into Community - Toward the Creation of a More Sustainable and Healthful, Less Toxic Built Environment, Part II Session VIII: Multiple Perspectives on Designing Healthy Futures Session IX: Built Environment and Weather Influences on Environmental Public Health Session X: Housing Quality and Environmental Justice Issues in the Built Environment

3 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Learn how social equity must be considered on an equal basis with economic prosperity and environmental quality Understand the principles of: true lifecycle costing living wages and toxics reduction Learning Objectives

4 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Public Health Modern medical practice does not concern itself merely with the treatment of the sick as individuals. That is only part of the work. It concerns itself in a large measure with the maintenance of the health of the community as a whole. J.A. Salzmann, D.D.S Principles and Practice of Public Health Dentistry, 1937

5 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Our Environmental Impact + Mathis Wackernagel and William Rees

6 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration What is Sustainable Development? Sustainable development is development that allows people "...to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The Bruntland Commission Our Common Future

7 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration The Sustainable Development Triad World Business Council For Sustainable Development Sustainable development involves the simultaneous pursuit of: economic prosperity, environmental quality, and, social equity.

8 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration McDonough Braungart Design Protocol Equity Ecology Economy

9 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration What Is Equity? Respect Well-being Quality of Life

10 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration - Living Wages - Respect and Well-Being - Living Wages - Neither we, nor any other people, will ever be respected till we respect ourselves and we will never respect ourselves till we have the means to live respectfully. Frederick Douglass, The North American Review, 1881

11 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration - Toxics Elimination - Quality of Life - Toxics Elimination - By reducing the hazards of certain industrial processes, we prevent workers from being exposed to those hazards… By finding alternative and substitute products for hazardous materials used in industrial processes and by consumers, we reduce the overall harmful effects both to human health and to the environment. National Association of County and City Health Officials.

12 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Equity And Sustainable Development Economy Equity Ecology Economy-Equity Are our employees earning a living wage? Equity-Ecology Are employees and customers safe making and using our products?

13 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration WHAT IS A LIVING WAGE? International NGO Summit on the Living Wage (1998) Are Our Employees Earning a Living Wage?

14 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration WHAT ARE TOXICS? Are Employees and Customers Safe Making and Using Our Products? Substances that can cause severe illness, poisoning, birth defects, disease, or death when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed by living organisms. US Environmental Protection Agency

15 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Creating Long Term Value There are economic, environmental, and social issues associated with every business decision we make.

16 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Is our production safe for the local and global communities?

17 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Are our employees earning a living wage?

18 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Building Construction, Renovation and Operation Consumes: 17% of water 33% of energy 40% of the raw materials extracted 66% of electricity 6 billion pounds of cleaning chemicals 4.5 billion pounds of janitorial paper Produces (directly or indirectly): 49% percent of SO 2 40% of landfill waste 33 % of CO 2 10% of particulates 500 million pounds of janitorial waste sent to landfills

19 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Asbestos Lead PCBs Formaldehyde Dioxin Chromium Arsenic VOCs Mercury Chlorine CFCs Many others Building Materials and Methods Directly Affect Worker and Community Health

20 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Wages Associated with Building Materials and Methods Directly Affect Workers and Their Communities The American labor market should be based upon highly skilled workers earning decent wages with time for family and a childhood of learning for the young. Additional Views on S.440 Senate Report

21 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration The Government and Wages Davis-Bacon Act (1931) Walsh-Healy Public Contracts Act (1936) Service Contract Act (1965) Representative Robert L. Bacon (R-NY) 1927 The least the federal Government can do is comply with the local standards of wages and labor prevailing in the locality where the building construction is to take place.

22 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration The Government and Toxics Reduction EO promotes the Government's use of recycled products and environmentally preferable products and services EO13148 requires Agencies to reduce use of Cadmium, Lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, and, naphthalene by 50% by National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 1970 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) 1976 Pollution Prevention Act (PPA) 1990 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) 1984

23 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Creating Long Term Value There are economic, environmental, and social issues associated with every business decision we make.

24 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Is our production safe for the local and global communities?

25 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Are our employees earning a living wage? Davis-Bacon Wagner-Javits- ODay Service Contracts

26 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Sustainable Planning, Design, and Construction Eliminates mitigation Eliminates toxics Minimizes or eliminates waste Reduces contingent liability Increases safety and proficiency Creates long-term value

27 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration What is LEED? The U.S. Green Building Council The LEED® Green Building Rating System: Provides a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting sustainability goals. Emphasizes state of the art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

28 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration LEED and Community Issues The U.S. Green Building Council Environmental Issues address the environmental impacts of the prerequisite or credit and attempt to relate specific goals or concerns with the influence on our natural environment. Economic Issues address considerations that the prerequisite or credit involves as related to first costs, life- cycle costs and estimated savings. Community Issues focus attention on the benefits or disadvantages to the surrounding community and our built environment that result from the implementation of the measure.

29 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration LEED Impact on GSA Requirements

30 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Green Lets Make The Built Environment Green and Fair Ask these questions: Are those who provide the products and services we specify earning a living wage? Is production of the products and services we specify safe for the local and global communities? There are economic, environmental, and social issues associated with every business decision we make.

31 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration GSA Real Property Sustainable Development Guide William McDonough & Ray Anderson Videos Green Roofs Brochure and Poster GSA Sustainable Development Resources

32 Office of Real Property U.S. General Services Administration Sustainable Development and Society Innovative Workplace Strategies The Guide is available electronically at Hard copies of videos and guide may be requested at GSA Sustainable Development Resources


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