Green Building Practices, Occupant Health & Ergonomics: Bridging the Gaps

Thursday, April 6, 2 p.m. Eastern time | Register now

Presenters: Linda Miller, EWI Works, Mallory Lynch, University of California Berkeley and Lucy Hart, Global Furniture Group

Green buildings are being constructed throughout North America as a means to promote environmental sustainability. Evidence suggests that much attention is being paid to the environmental impact of such buildings, but less so to the health impacts on the occupants. This webinar will discuss the common occupant concerns and how the integration of ergonomics can improve the health of computer users, as well as the revised Leadership in Environmental Design (LEED) Pilot Credit 44 ergonomics approach for computer users that supports the integration of ergonomics with green building design, construction and operations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify potential occupant health concerns related to green buildings
  • Identify how ergonomics can be used to address occupant needs in computer workstation design
  • Use infographics and resources to integrate ergonomics with green buildings and apply for LEED ergonomics Pilot Credit 44 

Linda Miller, C.P.E., is a doctor of occupational therapy and president of EWI Works International Inc. Miller established EWI Works (Ergo Works Inc.) in 1991 to provide ergonomics services for both industrial and office environments. She has been involved in large-scale projects in healthcare, utilities, forestry, manufacturing and municipalities. Miller is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Alberta in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She has also been appointed to the editorial board of WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. Miller holds a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation medicine (occupational therapy) from the University of Alberta, a master's degree in environmental design from the University of Calgary and completed her doctoral degree in occupational therapy from Boston University. She is a certified professional ergonomist in both Canada and the U.S.

Mallory Lynch, C.E.A., is the senior campus ergonomist at the University of California, Berkeley, providing ergonomics consultation and training in a broad range of environments. She is passionate about the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for green buildings, with a special focus on the ergonomics credit under innovation in design. She partners extensively with construction and design, space and capital resources, architects, designers and purchasers, and the campus departments to incorporate ergonomic design principles at the beginning of projects. The campus has received the LEED ergonomics credit for two new construction projects with a third project pending. 

Lucy Hart, C.C.P.E., is a certified ergonomist with Global Furniture Group. Hart is a Canadian certified professional ergonomist with more than 25 years of experience guiding public and private organizations in the application of ergonomics to enhance employee well-being and productivity. She actively contributes to the development and maintenance of standards and guidelines including the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Guideline on Office Ergonomics and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) Ergonomics Guideline. She is the chair of the Technical Committee on Office Ergonomics and the BIFMA Ergonomics Subcommittee, and she's a member of the LEED Pilot Credit 44 Ergonomics Work Group. Hart is recognized by the Institute for Work and Health for being a peer-elected educationally influential ergonomist.