New Health Leaders Awards announced for 2019

New Health Leaders Awards announced for 2019

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Press Release
IWBI press release

(CHICAGO November 13, 2018) Recognizing leadership in places and spaces that advance people’s health and well-being is the goal of a new awards program for 2019 announced today at Greenbuild in Chicago. 

The USGBC Health Leaders Awards will become an annual recognition of projects across the world that use design, construction and operations as an antidote to a wide array of issues that impact health, such as obesity, asthma, and social isolation. The awards will be presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the International WELL Building InstituteTM (IWBITM) and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, with financial support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest philanthropy in the U.S. dedicated solely to health.

“We’re excited to be part of these new awards,” said Rachel Gutter, president of IWBI.  “This gives the movement a way to celebrate those who are leading this ‘second wave’ of sustainability, by focusing on the intersection of human health and planetary health, because at scale these things are one and the same.”

“At IWBI, we believe that green building certification and WELL Certification must go hand in hand – this is yes/and, not either/or.  The majority of buildings that have achieved WELL Certification to date have also received a green building certification. That’s why we have collaborations in place with USGBC, GBCA, ILFI, BRE and GIGA to help streamline and incentivize dual certifications.

“We are also deeply committed to moving the market to a state of continuous monitoring because we aspire to a future where people and buildings are in dialog in real time.  I’m looking forward to working with USGBC, UVA and RWJF to celebrate these leaders as a yet another way to advance buildings that help people thrive,” Gutter said.

About the International WELL Building Institute

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive.  The WELL v2 pilot is a recently launched version of its popular WELL Building Standard, and, along with the WELL Community Standard pilot, a district scale rating system that sets a new global benchmark for healthy communities, they provide a suite of tools focused exclusively on the ways that buildings and communities, and everything in them, can improve our comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, not compromise, our health and wellness.  IWBI convenes and mobilizes the wellness real estate community through management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and wellness everywhere. More information on WELL can be found here.