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The Intersection of Climate Change and Health

  • 13 Apr 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Zoom


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Evening Program

The Intersection of Climate Change and Health
An awakening and call to action on future outcomes

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This session will explore the impact that climate change has on the health and physical well-being of those directly and indirectly impacted by Climate Change. 

Across the country, conversations are taking place around climate change and resiliency. We’ve seen the horrific and mesmerizing images from hurricanes, wildfires and floods. The cost of not being prepared is oftentimes beyond economic.

Climate change is anticipated to pose threats to human health via decreased air quality from air pollution, wildfires and aeroallergens; altered risks of infectious diseases, including waterborne, foodborne, and vector-borne diseases like Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus; and mental health impacts.

In the face of climate change where does the health and well-being of our communities stand? Join us Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm for a unique continuing education program. As an attendee, you will have the floor. Our expert speakers will present briefly on the below learning objectives but we are mainly interested in, what do you want to know about the impact climate change has on health?**

**Provide your question for our speakers when you register!  


  • Describe definitions and terminology for climate change and associated human health impacts and clarify the seven elements of climate-friendly buildings: energy efficiency, green building design, alternative energy generation, transportation, food, waste, and water. 
  • Investigate key areas where research is documenting the intersection of ecological and human health by contributing to community science via an app-based ecological mosquito control study. 
  • Identify how to use climate change vulnerability assessments to educate internal and external stakeholders on sustainability and resiliency issues in the built environment relevant to climate change​.
  • Discuss the impacts of environmental racism in St. Louis with respects to air quality and pollution and explore how adaptation and mitigation of climate change can create healthier, more sustainable communities. 


  • Lois Sechrist, LEED AP, Manager Environmental Stewardship, Medxcel - Ascension  
    As the Environmental Stewardship manager for Medxcel, Lois oversees the Environmental Stewardship Program for the 140+ Ascension hospitals across the U.S., working with multi-disciplinary Green Teams integrated into the Environment of Care committees at each hospital. Through better management and reduced resources use, the economic benefit of sustainability allows money previously spent on energy and waste management, for example, to be directed to Ascension's core Mission of providing care for all people. Currently, Lois is leading the team to update and refresh the HospiCycle tool, a start-to-finish guide to help hospitals successfully integrate recycling practices into a patient care setting and better understand the economic, regulatory, resourcing and infrastructure nuances that come with it.

  • Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager, EarthWays Center, Missouri Botanical Garden
    Jean Ponzi serves as Green Resources Manager at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis. A 25-year veteran of the Garden’s EarthWays Center team, “Green Jean” currently applies her sustainability expertise as manager of the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, operator of the Garden’s Green Resources Info Service, and on the leadership team for the regional initiative BiodiverseCity St. Louis. Her enviro-interview show Earthworms has logged nearly 32 years of conversations through KDHX St. Louis Independent Media, as Jean’s volunteer community service. She is in demand as a speaker, writer and media spokesperson, offering local to national audiences both practical options and ecological inspiration. 

  • Mary Foshage, Air Pollution Inspector, City of St. Louis, Department of Health
    From The Lorax as a child to raising her daughter to appreciate the interconnectedness of everything, Mary has been a lifelong environmentalist. Mary received her degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and worked at the Washington University School of Medicine/Siteman Cancer Center for 20 years developing a program in support of a National Cancer Institute grant. She transitioned into the environmental field in 2018 as an Environmental Specialist for a scrap metal business, supporting field technicians; and as Zero Waste Captain at Hollywood Amphitheater sorting garbage! Now, as an air pollution inspector for the City of St. Louis, Mary has the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people and organizations to influence policy and work toward a sustainable future.


  • Tom Brooks-Pilling, Vice President, WSP USA and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter active Member

Submitted for AIA CES credit approval
Eligible for 1 GBCI CE self-reported hours

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Virtual event via Zoom.
Registrants will receive login details prior to the event.

Free for USGBC-MGC Members
$10.00 for Non-members

Click the “Register” button on the left side of this page.
** Provide your climate change and health question for our speakers when you register!  

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Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at fbrandt@mobot.org or (314) 577-0884.



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