Greenbuild Conference: Effective Cleaning or Hygiene Theater?

Greenbuild Conference: Effective Cleaning or Hygiene Theater?

Protecting Indoor Air Quality Amid the Pandemic



The unprecedented focus on the safety of indoor spaces in the pandemic is normalizing hazardous cleaning practices that diminish the health benefits of green buildings. Over-emphasizing toxic cleaning chemicals can create significant health risks for building occupants, including – ironically – serious respiratory disease. How can building managers ensure effective pandemic protocols without creating a new set of health risks? Can third-party certifications add a meaningful measure of health protection? And how can managers leverage the increased attention on indoor air quality to effect progress toward sustainability goals?


This panel will take a deep dive into important considerations around pandemic-era cleaning, including health and environmental impacts, protecting vulnerable populations, promoting equity for frontline workers, and other emerging issues.


Experts from Corporate Sustainability Strategies, BMS Building Maintenance Services and Green Seal will provide insight into how industry leaders are meeting this challenge and provide actionable guidance for guarding against the spread of COVID-19 while protecting indoor air quality and sustainability goals.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the health impacts of exposure to disinfecting chemicals and identify safer disinfection products and techniques to support effective and responsible building re-entry
  • Understand the basics of implementing the LEED Safety First Pilot credits
  • Understand how a Green Cleaning program enhances a hygiene-focused cleaning program and how to effectively communicate this to building occupants and stakeholders
  • Understand the real consequences of product over-exposure on custodial teams and other front-line workers so that their health and wellbeing can be addressed as a priority



  • Doug Gatlin, MPP, LEED AP, CEO, Green Seal
  • Brenna Walraven, MBA, BOMI-HP, BOMA Fellow, RPA, CPM, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies
  • Emily Gove, LEED AP O+M, TRUE Advisor, Corporate Director of Sustainability and Training, BMS Building Maintenance Service
  • Taryn Tuss, MS, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Green Seal



When & Where

September 22, 2021
3:00PM-4:00PM PT


In-person in San Diego & On-Demand



San Diego Convention Center

San Diego, CA


Registration & More Information

Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks

Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks

presented by USGBC Green Business Summit, Greenbuild 2020


Greenbuild, the industry’s leading green building event, now offers three virtual summits in lead up to International Conference & Expo virtual event.


To kick off these expanded education offerings, the Green Business Summit will be held September 10th. At this virtual summit, thought leaders will tackle the ROI of sustainable green business, how to get buy-in and make the financial case for employee wellness programs and sustainable building as well as what commercial space looks like post COVID.


Brenna Walraven, CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies will lead the discussion on “Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks.”


Green Business Summit Session: Practical Approaches for Addressing Resiliency Risks

According to the National Center for Environmental Information, the leading source of information on the impact of weather events, 2017 was the most expensive year on record for recorded insurance losses from climate-related disasters at more than $312.7 billion. Damages from floods, wildfires, landslides, hurricanes, and other natural disasters present real risks for the real estate industry. The risks are only expected to grow as real estate assets face sea-level rise, drought, heatwaves, water scarcity, and other effects of climate change.  Further, changing public policy around carbon reductions are increasingly driving material market transition risks. Forward-thinking real estate practitioners are focused on understanding these risks to better identify and implement solutions for adaptation and mitigation. Investors are also increasingly demanding that climate risk factors be disclosed and appropriately managed.


In this session, attendees will hear how top real estate organizations are addressing climate risk and resilience.


Presenters will discuss how climate risks impact investment decisions, investor demands for disclosure, and strategies for adaptation and mitigation. Using a case study approach, each speaker will offer strategies that include climate risk assessments, emergency and climate change preparedness plans, moving mechanical systems, backup generators, on-site renewables and storage and other resilience options under consideration. Speakers will also cover how reporting initiatives such as GRESB and the Taskforce for Carbon Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) are driving the need for better performance data and disclosure. After speaker presentations, the panel will utilize their real estate and sustainability expertise and experience to lead a facilitated discussion with the audience about resilience and climate risk.


Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the material risks for real estate assets of climate and weather-related events as well as the impacts of public policy change and market transition risks.
  • Understand how to use available resources and information to better assess the resilience of your portfolio.
  • Identify property and portfolio level strategies and solutions to improve resilience and mitigate both physical and transition risks.
  • Understand investor pressures for a better understanding of climate-related risks and reporting initiatives designed to increase disclosure.



  • Eric Duchon, Global Head of Sustainability, LaSalle Investment Management
  • John Scott, Managing Director, REMS Florida, Colliers International
  • Brenna Walraven, President and CEO, Corporate Sustainability Strategies


Q & A

After the presentation, the panel will utilize their real estate and sustainability expertise and experience to lead a facilitated discussion with the audience about resilience and climate risk.


Continuing Education (CE)

1 hour


Date & Time

September 10, 2020

10:30 AM Pacific Time


Registration & Promo Code

Green Business Summit is part of the Greenbuild Virtual educational offerings.


Use GREENBUILDVIRTUAL20 to receive a 10% discount on Greenbuild educational passes.



About Greenbuild 2020

Greenbuild 2020 is all digital. The virtual format will deliver countless opportunities to connect with Greenbuild’s leading audience of decision makers at all levels including, building owners and managers, commercial and residential contractors, architects, engineers, designers, government and municipalities, utilities and more.


Since 2002, Greenbuild has been the global stage for green building innovation and the place to learn and source cutting edge solutions to improve resilience, sustainability and quality of life in our buildings, cities and communities.


#Greenbuild 2020 includes three additional one-day summits in September and October.


Greenbuild Virtual Events

Green Business Summit: September 10

Resilience Summit: October 1

Global Health & Wellness Summit: October 22

Greenbuild Conference + Expo: November 10-12

How to Recover Your Investments in Sustainability at Boston Greenbuild

How to Recover Your Investments in Sustainability at Boston Greenbuild

“All In” encompasses the breadth of the sustainability and green building movement. Capturing all people, all sectors, all industries, all buildings, all cities and so much more, this theme welcomes everyone to grow as green building champions, and to do so at Greenbuild. When we come together at Greenbuild, we are one community of professionals, advocates and practitioners, students and teachers, designers and builders, and everything in between.

We are all in. We invite people from every walk of life, from all over the globe, to learn with us and to help elevate green building principles and practices to the next level. “All In” also describes the depth of commitment we feel to our community and to our mission. We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of what’s next — new technology, new ideas and new ways forward.

We are dedicated to transforming the market and changing the way the people all over the world experience buildings. We are all in.

Brenna Walraven will be presenting, “How to Recover Your Investments in Sustainability” at the 2017 Greenbuild Boston Education Program!

A08 : How to Recover Your Investments in Sustainability
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Brenna Speaking at Greenbuild 2016

Brenna Speaking at Greenbuild 2016

Greenbuild_logoBrenna Walraven spoke at the 2016 Greenbuild Los Angeles Education Program. Brenna will be discussing “Unleashing human productivity through better IAQ.”

This event was exciting! Greenbuild Special Sets will reinvent traditional breakout sessions with alternative formats and new, engaging environments. These sessions will feature unique stages, creative seating arrangements, lighting and interactive presentation styles to engage the Greenbuild audience.

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