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Women in Green Summit: Strengthening the Pillars of Sustainability, Resiliency, Wellness and Equity

 

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On June 16th, Dr. Brooke Hansen moderated the US Green Building Council’s inaugural "Tampa Bay Women in Green Summit", where expert panelists spoke about the four USGBC pillars of Sustainability, Resiliency, Wellness, and Equity. Erica Nelson led a call to action around issues of equity, made more urgent by the current widespread protests about inequalities and racial injustice. Sharon Hanna-West, PCGS Director of the Sustainable Business concentration, highlighted trends in the business world  towards the triple bottom line of people, planet, and prosperity and spoke of her work in the community assisting small businesses to develop sustainability practices and plans. Shalini Ramesh discussed how the people-centered WELL Building Institute and their certification system is meeting the challenges of Covid-19 with a new task force and recommendations. Sheridan Boyle described the City of Clearwater’s commitment to sustainability with their Greenprint Sustainability Action Plan and the reduction of greenhouse gases. The panelists embodied the USGBC’s promotion of Sheroes: women heroes, who stand up for a future with clean air, clean water, healthy food, access to quality education, equitable housing, and more.