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Sea View community in New York City ties sustainability to human health

Published on 28 Mar 2017 Written by Meghan Hazer Posted in Industry

Sustainable design, once unconventional, has become the norm for many developments. Health-promoting design is emerging as a new trend, due in part to the realization that how we build matters—not just in terms of environmental sustainability, but also in terms of human health. Pioneering projects are now engaging in a new type of health-focused design.

One of those pioneers, Sea View Healthy Communities, is the subject of a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) recently released by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Initially developed as a tuberculosis facility, the hundred-year narrative of Sea View’s history in the context of its future vision reflects the public health community’s shift in focus from infectious to chronic disease.

When asked by the Staten Island borough president to create a “health and wellness campus,” NYCEDC initially envisioned state-of-the-art health care facilities and residential communities for the disabled. This is not surprising, as health care facilities often come to mind when discussing health in the context of real estate development. However, the RFEI for Sea View takes a different approach by striving to develop Sea View instead as a healthy community, with explicit requirements to promote health through both design and operations.

From health care to health promotion

The new focus on developing a “healthy community” was informed by data collection and cross-sector collaboration. According to Johnson, NYCEDC began with a medical services demand analysis and was surprised to find very low demand for additional medical facilities. In spite of having several highly ranked health care facilities, NYEDC discovered, the Staten Island borough has the highest mortality rate in New York City, specifically due to chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Johnson explains that this “paradox led us to the doorstep of healthy communities research and healthy communities design, and the current vision that we are working with for the project.” Johnson continues, “the original underlying policy objective [is] better health. Based on the numbers and the data, the best way to achieve that turned out not to be building a bunch of gleaming new health care facilities, but rather by building health into the design of a neighborhood.”

Health and sustainability side by side

In addition to health, the RFEI also includes sustainability goals. The NYCEDC team explained that requiring a focus on sustainability performance is viewed as a nonnegotiable, standard feature in procurement. For Sea View, Johnson referred to health and sustainability as “a natural match,” stating that “part of the nature of sustainable design is to surface what is happening in the environment in order to be better stewards of it—and living with a better relationship to nature is intrinsically healthy in most cases.” Boston added, “I think that the physical sustainability of the built environment in Sea View will comingle with the individual sustainability of its residents and inhabitants.”



There are plenty of ways you can make every day Earth Day.  Improve your own small part of the planet by considering these suggestions for spring-cleaning, garden preparation and home improvements:

* Purchase non-toxic cleaning products.  Use natural fiber sponges and cleaning agents that are biodegradable, phosphate-free, chlorine-free and unscented.

* Reduce paper use.  Use rags instead of paper towels; cloth napkins instead of paper ones.  Buy post-consumer recycled paper and recycle it when you’ve used it.

* Refurbish responsibly.  Use water-based or vegetable-based paints, stains, and varnishes.  Don’t wash paint thinners, household cleaners, oil or pesticides down the drain or pour them on the ground; use them up, give leftovers to friends or a charity, or dispose at your local toxic waste disposal center.

* Repair instead of replace.  Reupholster furniture.  Resole your shoes.

* Replace disposable goods with renewable ones.  Buy rechargeable batteries.  Use dishes instead of paper plates.

* Plant for the planet.  Strengthen your garden’s resistance to pests by planting resilient plants, by rotating the fruits and vegetables you plant, and by attracting friendly bugs to prey on the pesky ones.


Florida Fourth in Number of LEED Projects in USA in 2016

February 02, 2017 Sarah Boren (Administrator)

Boca Raton, FL  (February 3, 2017) — Florida ranked fourth in the number of LEED projects in the U.S. in 2016, according to an annual ranking produced by the US Green Building Council.  The annual ranking highlights states throughout the United States that made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation over the past year.  LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system.

“This speaks volumes about Florida’s commitment to environmental excellence and social responsibility,” said Mike Hess, Chair of the USGBC Florida Chapter.  “We applaud the companies, owners, municipalities and everyone who played even a small part in this effort to deliver environmentally responsible, healthy and resource-efficient buildings in 2016 and in the future.”

Across the USA, 3,366 projects were LEED Certified in 2016, representing 470.39 million square feet.  In 2016, Florida saw 204 new LEED Certified projects representing more than 15 million square feet.  Through January 10, 2017, Florida has 1,422 LEED Certified projects representing more than 125 million square feet.

In 2016, 53 percent of LEED building space was Certified in LEED’s Operations and Maintenance rating systems, representing a shifting focus toward greening the nation’s existing buildings stock.  LEED for Building Design and Construction, which primarily deals with new construction and major renovations, represented 42 percent of the Certified square footage Certified.  LEED for Interior Design and Construction made up approximately 5 percent of total square footage Certified.



Green anchors: LEED-certified venues spur urban growth

Published on 22 Feb 2017 Written by Rhiannon Jacobsen Posted in LEED

From sports arenas to museums, from concert halls to theaters, venues are iconic fixtures in the built environment that engage millions of people. They are centers of innovation, culture and community pride that can represent a city, a region and even whole countries. They also serve as important catalysts for development, bringing together planners, architects, developers, local government officials and residents to invest in the future growth and health of their communities.

 Growing the community

By nature, these spaces consume considerable energy and water resources, while also producing large quantities of waste. Implementing green practices in these spaces is not only a good business model in the long run, but as more and more operators embrace the role of environmental stewards and community ambassadors, they also inspire others to be proactive in the areas of social responsibility and sustainability.

Venues, and especially sports stadiums, have outsized impacts on both the environment and the community, given their size and scope. Every year, the top 200 stadiums in the U.S. alone draw roughly 181 million visitors.

Restaurants, hotels and retail spaces pop up to serve the crowds, followed by offices and other commercial buildings, which often ultimately leads to new residential development.

 Nationals Park scores for D.C. 

You need look no further than Nationals Park, located in southeast Washington, D.C., to see the economic, social and environmental benefits. Opened in 2008, the park currently makes $35 million in annual revenue, and estimates suggest that the city generates about $100 million in annual tax revenue from redevelopment around the stadium’s Capital Riverfront area. On top of that, this remediated brownfield site is easily accessible to public transportation, and is just one of many ways that the city demonstrates green building leadership.

Perhaps the biggest benefit to come out of the park’s development is the revival of community and the resurgence of southeast D.C.’s neighborhoods, as more and more people are attracted by new residential, retail and entertainment offerings—as well as plenty of green space.

Like many other venues, Nationals Park anchors the community, spurs growth and contributes to an authentic identity that’s tied to the built environment. Beyond giving a defined purpose for city districts, venues give people a place to connect and share their experiences.


Greenbuild 2017

Published on 28 Feb 2017 Written by Taryn Holowka Posted in Industry

 USGBC and GBCI also announced Greenbuild India 2017, which will be held in Mumbai, India, from Nov. 2–5. Since 2002, the conference and expo has been held annually in the United States. During the past two years, it has expanded its reach to include other nations. Greenbuild brings together global industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building, making it the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies in the region.

The conference features three groundbreaking days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases and an exhibit hall with the latest products, LEED workshops and tours of the host city’s green buildings.


To effect true market change and make the impact we need, we are working with partners every step of the way. We’ve announced partnerships with TERI and BV and with Tata Housing, when it committed to bringing 20 million square feet of LEED- and WELL-certified homes to India.

Most recently, we’ve announced partnerships with T3 around performance and with Delhi Metrorail Corporation, and we launched the new LEED for Transit system.

To learn more, check out our new LEED On video series, which celebrates leaders across India who inspire through their innovative use of green building strategies and technologies. These leaders who represent all building sectors, from education to health care, from manufacturing to hospitality, are pointing us all to a more sustainable future—one that will improve the quality of life today and for generations to come.

Green building is about reducing energy waste and water use. It’s about creating jobs and sparking economic growth. It’s also about protecting the health of our children for the future. These social and environmental benefits can be realized while dramatically improving operational profits.

Social motivators for green buildings include encouraging sustainable business practices, supporting the domestic economy, creating a sense of community and increasing worker productivity. Reducing energy consumption and reducing water consumption are also very important drivers for green building.

The green building industry has shown the world that sustainability is profitable, and that profitability is sustainable.

LEED Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non profit organization that certifies sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods. USGBC is dedicated to expanding green building practices and education, and its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™.

Chemline, Inc. is a member of The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has the potential to provide LEED points.