Joseph Allen, Associate Professor, Harvard, To Deliver Keynote Presentation at CREtech @ Climate Week NYC, This September 21

New York (March 16, 2023) CREtech, the world’s leading community of professionals devoted to technological innovation in the real estate sector, has announced Joseph Allen, Associate Professor, Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will deliver a Keynote Presentation at CREtech @ Climate Week NYC, on Day 3 of CREtech New York, this September 21.

Dr. Joseph Allen is an associate professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the director of Harvard’s Healthy Buildings Program. He is the coauthor of Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, which was recognized as a ‘Best Book of the Year’ by the New York Times and Fortune magazine.

During the pandemic, Dr. Allen has served as Commissioner of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission and Chair of its ‘Safe Work, Safe Schools, and Safe Travel Task Force’. He is an advisor to The White House Clean Air and Buildings Challenge. An internationally renowned expert and sought-after advisor, he works with senior executives at Fortune 500 companies across major sectors of the economy to implement healthy building strategies. Dr. Allen has authored over 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers and regularly contributes to the New York Times, Washington Post, Harvard Business Review and The Atlantic.

In this groundbreaking Keynote Presentation, Joseph will discuss ‘The Green Convergence: Building Healthy, Green, Safe, and Smart Buildings’. Two global crises — the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change — have forced us to rethink the way we operate buildings. The Covid-19 pandemic highlights the importance of well-ventilated indoor spaces. A key control strategy of the pandemic has been to bring as much outdoor air into buildings as possible. This idea to “bring in more air” is now leading to increased pressures for companies that may be concerned about the energy costs of ensuring good air quality within buildings. And yet, healthy and green building principles don't have to be in conflict.

Strategic actions, such as regular building tune-ups, filters, air-quality monitoring, and electrification, can simultaneously prioritize health and sustainability goals. Moreover, healthy buildings can offer significant productivity benefits, while energy-efficient buildings can help reduce carbon footprints and appeal to investors. With increasing pressure from the public, governments, and standard-setting organizations, companies that embrace these trends may find themselves with a competitive advantage.

Attendees of CREtech @ Climate Week NYC can expect networking with the most influential climate professionals, main stage keynotes and panel sessions from world renowned leaders, special awards ceremony to honor the visionaries who are creating meaningful impact on sustainability and an exclusive cocktail reception.

CREtech is anticipating 350+ global climate leaders to attend including technology startups building decarbonization solutions, the most active investors investing in climate tech solutions, Fortune 500 Heads of Real Estate and Sustainability and real estate companies leading the way towards building to net zero.

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