Who Guarantees That Your Campus is Safe for Return?

June 23, 2020
Free Webinar | 12:00 - 1:00 PM Eastern

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Join us for the fourth in a series of webinars, Less Talk, More Action: Tactical Topics to Return to Campus, jointly sponsored by SCUP’s North Atlantic Region, BSA, and their BSA/SCUP College + University Roundtable focused on the impact of COVID-19 on campuses.

As we reopen campuses, offices, and stores, to whom do we listen for assurance that the physical environments are indeed reasonably safe? There is guidance, but there are no guarantees. However, it is possible to use objective measures – Health Performance Indicators – to gain and publish a level of confidence in the preparation of spaces and the activities of staff, students, and faculty. Harvard’s Joseph Allen and John Macomber will discuss their new book, “Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity” and in particular, what are best practices today as organizations think about prudent return.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to objectively benchmark Health Performance Indicators using a mix of settings, sensors, screening, surveys, and statistics
  • How to deploy a layered approach to the Hierarchy of Controls as appropriate for each physical setting
  • What are the 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building and how to accomplish them cost-effectively
  • Techniques for balancing the risks of further transmission of COVID-19 with threats to revenue and business models in the current environment of uncertainty
  • Incorporating Personal Exposure Budgets of individuals into the parallel efforts in the buildings
  • Why Healthy Buildings are becoming a competitive necessity

The COVID-19 writings of Allen and Macomber have recently appeared in national publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the following outlets relevant to real estate and academia alike:

Who Guarantees that Your Workplace is Safe for Return?
HBS Working Knowledge
Why COVID-19 Raises the Stakes for Healthy Buildings
Harvard Business Review
What Makes an Office [or academic] Building Healthy?
Urban Land
Tenants and Investors [and students and staff] Will Be Looking for Healthy Buildings

Featured Speakers


Joseph Allen
Assistant Professor, TH Chan Harvard School of Public Health,
Deputy Director, Harvard Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety & Health

John Macomber
Senior Lecturer in Finance, Harvard Business School
Former Construction and Real Estate principal

Free for everyone

Registration closes June 23 at 10:00 AM Eastern

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