2020 Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy

2020 Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy

Hyatt Centric French Quarter
New Orleans, LA
January 21, 2020 to January 23, 2020

Preliminary ProgramRegistration and Accommodations | Pre-Conference Workshop | Continuing EducationKeynote Speaker | Networking EventsSponsorship OpportunitiesAdvisory Organizations & Sessions Co-Hosts | Past CHEE conferences 

ACEEE's Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy (CHEE) is returning to New Orleans, January 21-23, 2020. The event will showcase the groundbreaking research of ACEEE’s Health and Environment program as well as the work of prominent experts and academics in this growing field. Join innovative leaders from a variety of professions in the "Big Easy" to explore how energy choices can affect our health and the environment. 

Participate in multiple tracks, plenary panels, moderated discussions, and interactive breakout sessions. Architects (HSW LUs), and building science professionals can also earn continuing education credits at this event.

All of these features, plus lunches, receptions, and fun activities make for an exciting opportunity to learn and network while enjoying the sights and sounds of the birthplace of jazz! View the schedule at a glance for more information on the presentations.

Likely participants

Health professionals; researchers; policymakers; environmental regulators and advocates; utility staff; architects; general contractors; NGOs; low-income community advocates; consultants; and energy experts. 

We had a fantastic turnout for the first CHEE conference in New Orleans. Click here to see a list of the organizations that participated in 2018.


You will engage with dynamic leaders on cutting-edge research and programs. In interactive sessions, you will explore the health impacts of climate change and energy efficiency.



Here’s a sneak peek at some of the sessions and speakers:

  • Collaborating for Equity: How Cross-cutting Programs Can Support Vulnerable Populations
  • Facing Climate Change and the Silver Tsunami: Strategies for Creating Healthy Homes for Aging Populations
  • Health Professionals Advocating for Energy Policy: Success Stories
  • Translating Health and Clean Energy Targets into Action: Working with States and Cities
  • Funding Programs  

Pre-conference Workshop - The Building Performance Institute Healthy House Principles (HHP) Certificate Prep

Tuesday, January 21 from 1:00—5:00pm

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) will be presenting a pre-conference training workshop for those interested in earning the Healthy Housing Principles (HHP) professional certificate! The HHP provides an overview of the factors in a home that can negatively affect health, fundamentals of what makes for a healthier living environment and the related terminology. Included in the training is the HHP Reference Guide and a code that can be used to take the BPI online exam to earn the new Healthy Housing Principles professional certificate.

The training is open to all with a steep discount offered to those who are also attending the Conference on Health, Energy, and the Environment. The workshop trainers include: Kevin Kennedy of Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City;  Joe Medosch of Hayward Healthy Home Score; and Rick Hall of Building Science Professional Training LLC.

For more information about BPI, please visit here. To register for the workshop, click the registration button below.

Continuing Education Credits

Opportunities for conference attendees to earn continuing education credits are available for BPI healthy home evaluators and architects.

Networking Events

Arriving on January 21?  Join us for one of these evening networking events:

The Pythian Market experience – Cost: $25


Join us for a historic tour, cocktail demonstration, and delicious local cuisine at The Pythian Market. The Pythian Building celebrates New Orleans’ past while being a part of its promising future. The Knights of Pythias, under the leadership of Smith W. Green, built the Pythian as a beacon of opportunity for African Americans in New Orleans during the era of Jim Crow. We’ve re-imagined the space as a home for New Orleanians seeking comfort, community, and inspiration. Pythian Market, as a part of the Pythian Building, is an urban food collective celebrating New Orleans’ undeniable spirit and the Pythian Building’s remarkable history. It is a gathering space for everyone, featuring local food purveyors, a fast craft bar, and retail vendors. Pythian Market is a place for community, locally sourced fare and art. The Pythian is an easy walk from the Hyatt Centric Hotel.  The cost includes the tour, cocktail demonstration and a $15 gift card to spend at one of the food vendors in the market. Click this link to view all there is to enjoy at the market.

Supper Clubs – Cost: Self Pay (limited to ten people each)

Join in on one of two supper clubs to start the conversation early. We will make all the arrangements. You just need to sign up and be ready to share and enjoy an evening of good food and collaboration. If you would like to join in on one of these discussions, indicate your choice in the registration process. Details regarding time and location will be shared once you register.

  1. Sharing Good News Stories: Underserved Communities - Full
  2. Cross-sector Collaborations: Building Partnerships - Full

When registering for CHEE20, you will be able to register for either of these two networking opportunities. If you are already registered and would like to participate, simply click the “register here” button and at the bottom of the page you will see a prompt that asks “Already registered?”  Once in, use your email address and confirmation to modify your registration.

Keynote Speaker

You won't want to miss the Keynote Address, "Climate Change: A Public Health Approach" presented by Georges C. Benjamin, MD.

Dr Benjamin is a well-known health policy leader, practitioner and administrator. He currently serves as the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He is also a former secretary of Health for the state of Maryland. 

Dr. Benjamin is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, a Master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on several nonprofit boards such as Research! America, the Truth Foundation and, the Reagan-Udall Foundation. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a council that advises the President on how best to assure the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Read full bio

Advisory Organizations and Session Co-Hosts


Registration and Accommodations

Groups of 10 or more can register at the rate of $652.50. Contact aceeeconf@aceee.org for more details. A $100 processing fee will be charged for cancellations.


All conference activities will be held at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans. The rooms reserved under the ACEEE block are sold out and the deadline has passed for booking. We suggest you call the hotel (504-586-0800) to check on availability and prices but also check with other online hotel reservation sites for the best pricing.


Sponsorship Opportunities

If your organization would like to learn more about the various sponsorship levels and the associated benefits, please contact Lynn Pyle or Sara Hayes.

For information on sponsorship opportunities for the 2020 Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy, download our sponsorship flyer.