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 | Conference Advisory Committee | Plenary PanelsRegistration | Continuing Education CreditsAccommodations |Sponsorship Opportunities


In December 2018 in New Orleans, ACEEE will host its first Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy. This two-day, multi-track event will showcase 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 will bring together innovative leaders from a variety of professions to explore how energy choices can affect our health and the environment. The conference will explore how reducing energy waste, for example, can reduce pollution and protect health.

Speakers and attendees will be diverse, bringing expertise in public health and environmental regulation as well as energy-saving programs, policies, and technologies. They will discuss cutting-edge research and the pioneering efforts of public health advocates. Attendees will have plenty of opportunities to network and brainstorm.

This conference will feature multiple tracks for participants, who can earn professional continuing education credits. The conference will include plenary panels, breakout sessions, and moderated discussions — not to mention lunches, 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. We hope you’ll join us for this timely, crucial conversation.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sara Hayes, shayes@aceee.org.

Likely Participants Include: Public health professionals; energy researchers; environmental regulators and advocates; local, state, and federal policymakers; low-income community advocates; utility staff; architects; builders; NGOs; consultants; behavioral scientists; energy efficiency professionals.



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


Ian Hamilton is an Associate Professor at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London, UK, and an Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris. His research is focused on the nexus between energy demand, energy efficiency, indoor and urban environment, and health and climate change. Read more >>




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>>





Late registration rates are now in effect.




Additional Opportunities to Enhance Your Participation

Pre-conference tour - Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, APC, a local award-winning architectural firm, has offered to give a pre-conference tour the afternoon of Monday, December 3 to attendees arriving early to the conference. The tour stops will highlight the strategies that New Orleans has had to develop post Hurricane Katrina for living with water. During the tour, you will see how the city has combined traditional pipes & pumps ("grey infrastructure") with systems that work with landscapes, soils, and topography ("green infrastructure") to recreational opportunities.

The tour will leave the conference hotel at 2:00 pm and return at 4:00 pm when registration opens. There is a small fee of $30 to help defray transportation costs, and the tour is limited to the first 25 people.  More information is available once you register for the conference, including the planned tour stops.

EPA Training - On Wednesday, December 5, the U.S. EPA's State and Local Energy and Environment Program will be conducting hands-on training for attendees on two tools: (1) EPA's AVoided Emissions and geneRation Tool (AVERT), which can be used to estimate the emission benefits of energy efficiency (EE) policies and programs; and (2) EPA's CO-Benefits Risk Assessment (COBRA) Health Impacts Screeening and Mapping Model, which can be used to estimate the health and related economic benefits of reductions in criteria air pollutants from EE. 

If you are interested in participating in this training, please be sure to bring your laptop to the conference with the software already downloaded - participants will learn how the tools work and get practical experience running EE scenarios. Here are the websites to download the tools: epa.gov/AVERT and epa.gov/COBRA

Advance registration for this training is not necessary. You will have the opportunity to register for the training when you pick up your registration materials on site.

Continuing Education Credits

Several forms of continuing education credit will be available for eligible attendees, including:

  • Clinical Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)
    • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
    • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)
    • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®)
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
    • Building Analyst
    • Energy Auditor
    • Multifamily Building Analyst
    • Quality Control Inspector
  • American Institute of Architects Learning Units (LUs)
    • Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW)



Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans
800 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA

The hotel reservation cutoff has been extended to Friday, November 16. Accommodations are available at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter at the group rate of $169 per night king/double. Book your room online or call 888-421-1442. Be sure to mention you are with ACEEE to receive the group rate. We encourage you to make your reservations early to take advantage of discounted prices and availability.


Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for The Conference on Health, Environment and Energy, download our sponsorship flyer.  If you have questions or would like more information, feel free to contact Sara Hayes, Program Manager, Health and Environment or Charlie Herron, Development Coordinator.