2018 Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy

2018 Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy

Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
December 03, 2018 to December 05, 2018

Program | PresentationsConference Advisory Committee | Plenary Panels


In December 2018 in New Orleans, ACEEE hosted its first Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy. This two-day, multi-track event showcased the groundbreaking research of ACEEE’s new Health and Environment program as well as the work of prominent experts and academics in this growing field.

This premier event brought together innovative leaders from a variety of professions to explore how energy choices can affect our health and the environment. The conference also explored how reducing energy waste, for example, can reduce pollution and protect health.

Diversed speakers and attendees brought their expertise in public health and environmental regulation as well as energy-saving programs, policies, and technologies. They discussed cutting-edge research and the pioneering efforts of public health advocates.

This conference featured multiple tracks for participants, who can earn professional continuing education credits. The conference included plenary panels, breakout sessions, and moderated discussions — not to mention lunches, network receptions, and fun activities.

As childhood asthma reaches epidemic levels and health effects from pollution intensify, there’s never been a more important time to focus on how we can change the way we use energy in order to clear the air of harmful pollutants and protect people’s health. Reducing energy waste can become a strategy for addressing many of the social determinants of public health.

For sponsorship opportunities on future health, environment, and energy conferences, please contact Sara Hayes, shayes@aceee.org.



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Tuesday, December 4

Open Plenary Panel

Assessing the Landscape: Emerging Trends and Opportunities at the Nexus of Health and Energy

Moderator: Sara Hayes, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Hugh C. McDiarmid, The Kresge Foundation Watch on YouTube

Felicia Rabito, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University Watch on YouTube

Z Smith, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Architecture Firm Watch on YouTube

Eric Werling, US Department of Energy Watch on YouTube

1A. Affordable Housing, Underserved Communities, and Health

Moderator: Berneta L. Haynes, Georgia Watch Health at Home:

Bringing Comprehensive Health and Wellness Practices to Affordable Housing 

Michael Freedberg, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Quantifying the Health and Non-Energy Impacts of Limited Income Energy Efficiency: A Case Study from the Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover Initiative

Bruce Tonn, Three3, Inc.

Elizabeth Parsons, Tennessee Valley Authority

Metrics and Methods to Address Non-Energy Benefits for Low-Income Communities in Urban Environments

Pam Mendelson, US Department of Energy

Utilizing Energy Studies for Strategic Interventions

Jon-Paul d’Aversa, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

1B. The Science of How Buildings Affect Health

Moderator: Jonathan Cohen, US Department of Energy

Healthy Efficient Homes Research Findings

Brett Singer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Our Homes Suck! And That Is Why Our Kids Have Sinus Problems

Larry Zarker, Building Performance Institute

Our Buildings…Our Health

Karla Butterfield, Steven Winter Associates

1C. A Doctor and an Engineer Walk into a Room

Nancy Seidman, Regulatory Assistance Project

Peggy Seidman, Rainbow Babies and Children’s University Hospitals (RBC) and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


2A. Health and Energy in Multifamily Buildings

Moderator: Ariel Drehobl, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Undertaking Energy, Comfort, and Health Transformations in Multi-Residential Buildings

Bryan Purcell, The Atmospheric Fund

Health Impacts of Weatherizing Multifamily Buildings

Bruce Tonn, Three3, Inc.

Massachusetts Low-Income Multifamily Weatherization: Health and Safety Impacts

Nicole Rosenberg, NMR Group, Inc.

Emerging Trends in Multifamily Ventilation, and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Marian Goebes, TRC

From Pilot to Process: Using Green Building Approaches to Integrate Health in Multifamily Housing

Rebecca Schaaf, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future

2B. Good News Stories: Programs and Case Studies

Moderator: Fred Gordon, Energy Trust of Oregon

Harnessing the Energy-Efficiency Infrastructure to Advance Health and Safety: Potential for Innovation in Connecticut

Catherine Klinger, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Madeline Priest, CT Green Bank

How a Foreclosure Prevention Program Became an Energy Efficiency and Health Program

Emily Robinson, Elevate Energy

Improving Population Health Outcomes through Weatherization plus Health: Lessons Learned to Date from Innovative Pilots

Laura Capps, Efficiency Vermont

Weatherization plus Health—Making Salad Dressing from Oil and Vinegar

Vince Schueler, Washington State University Energy Program

2C. Air Regulations, Health, and Energy Efficiency

Moderator: Cassandra Kubes, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Making Sense of Air Quality Alphabet Soup: How Regulation Improves Public Health

Nancy Seidman, Regulatory Assistance Project

Quantifying the Potential Benefits of Energy Efficiency on US Electric Power-Sector Emissions, Air Quality and Public Health

David Abel, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Regional Air Quality Impacts from Light-Duty Vehicle Electrification

Eric Junga, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Triple Threat: How Law, Policy, and Epidemiology Can Improve Indoor Air Environments and Energy Efficiency

Petra Vallila-Buchman, Ross Strategic

Energy Efficiency’s Role in Voluntary Air Quality Plans

Angie Shatas, US Environmental Protection Agency


3A. Energy, Health, and Social Equity

Moderator: Diana Hernandez, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Achieving Health and Social Equity: Understanding Non-Energy Benefits in the United States

Brendan Brown, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Ruth Ann Norton, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

Energy Justice

Lori Byron, St. Vincent’s Hospital

Robert Byron, Big Horn Valley Health Center

Telling the Story of Equity, Health, and Energy in Chicago

Anna C. McCreery, Elevate Energy

3B. Demonstrating the Health Outcomes of Energy Efficiency Programs and Policies

Moderator: Kapil Upadhyaya, Kirksey Architecture

Embedding Health Benefits into Evaluation of Energy Projects (Hospitals)

Ed Rubinstein, University Health Network

How Do You Measure Up? New Ways to Evaluate Project Success (K-12 Schools)

Katie Herber, Perkins Eastman Architects

The Stars Are Aligned: Quantifying Non-Energy Impacts in ComEd’s Income Eligible Programs (Residential)

Patricia Plympton, Navigant

Envisioning Health Benefits from Electricity and Gas Savings in the Nation’s Capital (Residential & Commercial)

Shannon Gallagher, DC Sustainable Energy Utility

Uncovering the Multi-Benefits of Home Upgrades Using Real-Time Continuous Evaluation (Residential & Neighborhoods)

Athena Bertolino, Ross Strategic

3C. Technical Tools for Energy and Health Professionals

Moderator: Cassandra Kubes, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

The Net Emissions Analysis Tool: A Holistic Residential Energy and Emission Model for the Development of Regulations and the Allocation of Incentive Funds in the South Coast Air Basin

Marc Carreras Sospedra, South Coast Air Quality Management District

Tools to Design Healthier Communities

Karla Butterfield, Steven Winter Associates

EPA Tools and Resources for Quantifying the Emissions and Health Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Denise Mulholland, US Environmental Protection Agency


Wednesday, December 5

Plenary Panel on Health and Climate Change

Moderator: Mona Sarfaty, Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

Hot and Old at Home: Implications of Our Current Housing Stock for Health Impacts on Seniors in an Age of Climate Change Watch on YouTube

Sherry Ahrentzen, University of Florida, College of Design Construction and Planning 

Can Women Survive Climate Change? Watch on YouTube

Nathaniel DeNicola, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences 

Climate and Health Call to Action: An Evaluation of a Program to Engage Health Professionals 

Whitney Fung, University of South Florida College of Public Health

4A. The Big Easy: Policy and Planning to Maximize Health Gains in New Orleans

Moderator: Sarah Gillen, Louisiana Public Health Institute

Laura Bryan, Mayor’s Office of Transportation 

Dan Favre, Bike Easy

Candice Marti, Transdev

Camille Pollan, Office of Resilience and Sustainability, City of New Orleans

4B. Insulation and Air Sealing

Moderator: Ellen Tohn, Tohn Environmental Strategies/Brown School of Public Health

Air Leakage is a Contaminate Pathway!

Joe Medosch, Hayward Score

How a Legacy of Vibrant Product Stewardship Delivers Improved Health and Safety

Angus Crane, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association

Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Insulation and Air Sealing Materials

William Weber, Healthy Building Network

4C. In Me, On Me, Around Me: Messages that Motivate Efficient Energy Choices

Patrick Hunt, Lirio

Suzanne Shelton, Shelton Group, Inc.


5A. Increasing Funding for Programs

Moderator: Sara Hayes, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Measuring and Documenting the Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency: The Latest Estimates, Gaps, and Applications

Lisa Skumatz, Skumatz Economic Research Associates

Are there Healthcare Dollars for In-Home Interventions?

Mark Kravatz, Optimal Energy

How to Quantify the Health and Environmental Benefits of Energy Saving Programs

Emma Zinsmeister, US Environmental Protection Agency

JR Denson, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

5B. A Fresh Breath: Ventilation and Health in Buildings

Moderator: Lauren Westmoreland, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

Challenges to Providing Adequate Ventilation in Buildings —Lessons from Two Ongoing Research Studies in California Homes and Classrooms

Wanyu Chan, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Compliant and Unhealthy: When an Older Code Meets Contemporary Construction Methods

Chris Burgess, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Nicole Westfall, Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Reducing Household Particles with Filtration: Measured Results, Opportunities and Challenges

Linda Wigington, Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces, ROCIS

Balancing Energy, Ventilation, and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ): The Case Study of a LEED Home Rehab

Karla Butterfield, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.

5C. Protecting Health in a Changing Climate

Moderator: Berneta L. Haynes, Georgia Watch

Health Impacts of Climate Change

Rebecca Rehr, ecoAmerica

Assessing the Role of Heat-Driven Electricity Demand in Buildings on Power Plant Emissions, Air Quality, and Health in a Warming Climate

Doug Ahl, Seventhwave

A Carbon-Free Energy Future: The Health Safety and Environmental Benefits of Electrification

Nic Dunfee, TRC Energy Services

Adjusting for New Normals: Adapting Buildings to Extreme Heat and Power Outages

Tom Phillips, Healthy Building Research

Emily Higbee, Redwood Energy


6A. Playing the Game of L.I.F.E.: Limited-income Framework Establishment

Workshop Facilitator: Holly Baird, Milepost Consulting

Workshop Presenters: Sabrina Cowden, Milepost Consulting

Frank Rapley, Tennessee Valley Authority

Dan Ridings, CLEAResult

6B. Holistic Approaches for Optimizing Health and Energy Effectiveness in Buildings

James E. Woods, Indoor Environments Consultant

Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls and ACEEE Board of Directors

6C. Hospitals and Healthcare Partnerships

Moderator: Julie Michals, E4TheFuture

Saving Energy and Money While Improving Community Health

Iqbal Mian, Practice Green Health and Health Care without Harm

Demonstrated Approach to Energy Efficiency in Healthcare Facilities

Kara Brooks, American Society for Healthcare Engineering

Utility-Sponsored Energy Efficiency Program for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Jennifer McWilliams, DNV GL

A Home-Based Approach to Treat Asthma Patients

Amanda Gramigna, Elevate Energy

Prescribed Home Energy Retrofits for Patients with Biotoxin Sensitivity

Brett Bishop, Build It Green

Conference Advisory Committee

The following individuals and organizations have graciously agreed to donate their time and expertise to the planning and success of the Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy.

Phil Assmus, National Association of Clean Air Agencies; Lisanne Brown, Louisiana Public Health Institute; Jonathan Cohen, US Department of Energy; Robyn DeYoung, US Environmental Protection Agency; Barbara Gottlieb, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Diana Hernandez, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Ryan Hodum, Energy Foundation; Jyotsna Jagai​, American Public Health Association and the School of Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago; Lauren Koch, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth; Catherine Lee, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative; Julie Michals, E4theFuture; Denise Mulholland, US Environmental Protection Agency; Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls; Felicia Rabito, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University; Frank Rapley, Tennessee Valley Authority; Curt Rich, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association; Jennifer Russell, Merck Family Fund; Mona Sarfaty, Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health; Rodney Sobin​, National Association of State Energy Officials; Lauren Westmoreland, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance; Jalonne White-Newsome, Kresge Foundation; Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Children's Environmental Health Network

Health Education Planners

Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH, FAAFP; The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

Sabrina Esquivel, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC; Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians

Morgan White, CHES®; National Rural Electric Cooperative Association


Plenary Panels

Assessing the Landscape: Emerging Trends and Opportunities at the Nexus of Health and Energy


Felicia Rabito is an Epidemiologist at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her research interest is the relationship between housing and health with particular emphasis on the health of children of low-income status who reside in urban environments. Read more >>            


Hugh C. McDiarmid, Jr. is a communications officer at the Kresge Foundation, where he supports internal and external communications efforts for the the Environment Program among other key Kresge initiatives. Read more >>





Z Smith, is Principal and Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, winner of the 2014 AIA Firm Award. His built work includes academic, commercial, and residential buildings. Read more >>





Eric Werling is National Director for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building America program. Read more >>




Plenary Panel on Health and Climate Change



Sherry Ahrentzen is Shimberg Professor of Housing Studies at the University of Florida (UF). Her research focuses on housing and community design that fosters the physical, social, and economic health of households. Read more >>




Nathaniel DeNicola is an assistant professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists environmental health expert and liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Council on Environmental Health.         




Whitney Fung is a third-year doctoral student at the University of South Florida (USF) in the College of Public Health and a graduate of the University of Florida (UF). Read more >> 






Mona Safarty is the Director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health comprised of 22 medical societies representing over 550,000 physicians — more than half the physicians in the U.S. Read more>>