Beyond Green: Designing to Support Health and Well-being

Learn how you can go greener than ever in your architectural practice while supporting improved health and well-being in your community through the Green Communities Criteria.


Health and green go hand in hand—and as an architect, you can make a real, positive difference in the wellness of the communities you serve through eco-friendly design.

This exciting course will introduce you to the Green Communities Criteria. A holistic framework developed by Enterprise Green Communities in 2004, the criteria promotes smart growth, energy and water conservation, operational savings, sustainable practices, and public health. To date, the organization has supported the development of 40,000 green and affordable homes.

In this session, you’ll review two case studies to find out how you can integrate affordable green initiatives into your practice and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable community.

Learning objectives

•    Understand the emerging research base aimed to demonstrate the health benefit of comprehensive green strategies.

•    Identify strategies aimed to create healthy and afforable homes that address issues of instability and negative health outcomes.

•    Explore how best to utilize a health impact assessment process for afforable housing based on the Mariposa example.

•    Identify ways to raise client awareness of the ways in which affordable housing redevelopment decisions impact health.

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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • RIBA


  • Raymond G. Demers

    Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners - Green Communities

    Ray Demers is a Program Director with Enterprise Green Communities. He co-led the technical team...
  • Christian Runge


    Landscape Architect, Mithun

    Christian Runge, ASLA is a landscape architect at Mithun in Seattle where he has worked on numerous...