Integrating Health and Wellness with Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117


The built environment has not only a huge impact on the climate by producing roughly 40% of CO2 emissions but also on our health and wellbeing. With Americans spending 90% of their daily lives indoors; designers, architects, and builders have an opportunity to create a positive impact in these areas. To support this connection between human wellbeing and the built environment, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) launched a WELL Building Certification system to promote a more in-depth understanding of building performance metrics, thresholds that support our health, wellbeing and happiness. Similar to what LEED has achieved for the environmental performance, WELL is striving to move the needle on healthy buildings and communities. This session will uncover key interdependencies between building energy management and indoor environmental quality, light, and sound design. Presentation and panel discussion includes local experts in the architecture, mechanical engineering, and indoor air quality fields to discuss case studies on how to achieve high energy performance while creating healthy interiors.


  • Discover the principles of healthy, innovative, and collaborative work spaces
  • Understand how workplace design can impact the health and productivity of employees
  • Learn how energy efficiency can be integrated into the design of healthy and innovative workspaces
  • Learn about new approaches to indoor air quality testing and monitoring to ensure healthy indoor spaces
  • Gain knowledge around the financial benefits of increasing occupant productivity and the effect on the organization’s bottom line


Ravi Bajaj, WELL AP, LEED AP O+M, BD+C, ID+C

Ravi has professional experience as a green building consultant with an emphasis on education and training. He holds a degree in Earth Science from UC San Diego and is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance, Building Design and Construction, and Interior Design and Construction. He also holds the WELL AP credential. He was previously the Education Manager with the San Diego Green Building Council coordinating study groups and educational events around sustainability in the built environment and is now a Project Manager with Healthy Buildings International.

Steven Shinn, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP.

Steven is an architect with Gensler who focuses on government, academic and non-profit clients with 28 years of experience. He has been LEED accredited for 12 years and a WELL AP for one year. He has worked on 9 sustainable projects and co-presented at 12 sustainable seminars.

Staci Ashcraft, PE, WELL AP, Living Future Accredited

Staci is a licensed mechanical engineer with Glumac, a consulting MEP engineering firm that focuses on sustainable buildings. Staci has a passion for energy efficiency as well as occupant health and wellness, promoting natural ventilation, thermal comfort strategies, and improving indoor air quality. Before moving to San Diego, Staci led the Orange County Living Building Challenge Collaborative.

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Check-in Information: 8:00 AM with breakfast provided


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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.