Faster Cheaper Greener Webcast #2 Biophilic Design for Human Health

Time 1:00 - 2:30 PM 

This second of three webcasts continues the exploration of new water centric strategies, designs, technologies and applications inspired by nature to create solutions for a prosperous planet. Biophilic design, or design that aims to reconnect people with nature, has been proven to reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing. Something as simple as integrating views to the nature in an office space can save around $2,000 per employee per year in productivity costs. Biophilic design also raises occupants' awareness of the surrounding natural environment, and helps people understand the importance of conserving natural resources like water. As we increasingly urbanize, this new area of design will help support the development of a regenerative and resilient society. Biophilic design and its impacts are highlighted in Terrapin Bright Green’s recently published report 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design: Improving Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment.

Biophilic Design for Human Health

This session will feature the basic science of biophilia: how humans biologically respond to patterns and characteristics of nature. The presentation will describe the financial benefits communities can gain by implementing biophilic features and how these features can support public health and community cohesion. Case studies for urban parks and infrastructure and a brief introduction to 14 patterns of biophilic design will be shared to provide a language for communicating these opportunities among your community’s decision makers (designers, landscape architects, environmental engineers, and urban planners). This webcast is targeted at professionals interested in science-based design, green codes, and integrative approaches for green infrastructure that address public health issues through urban design and planning.

There will be 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) offered for this webcast – the certificate will be sent via email after the event. Please check with your state accreditation agency to determine if you qualify. Questions about PDHs should be sent to


Dominique Lueckenhoff, Deputy Director, USEPA Region 3 Water Protection Division

Dominique Lueckenhoff has over 20 years of diverse programmatic and geographic experience with US EPA. She currently serves as Deputy Director of the EPA Region 3 Water Protection Division. In this capacity, she supports and shares with the Division Director in the administration and management of all division activities, and water protection and state grant programs for the Mid-Atlantic. She also serves as EPA’s management point of contact on the Green Infrastructure (GI) and Urban Waters/Federal Partnership Initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic, in addition to participating in a number of related internal and external national and regional work groups. Her leadership has helped to garner national recognition for Region 3’s GI activities - a number of which have been recognized as EPA Office of Water (OW) Best Management Practices. In 2013, she received the National USEPA James W. Craig Pollution Prevention Leadership Award for efforts related to alternative financing and innovative, Public Private Partnerships. In 2015, her work on Community-Based Public Private Partnerships was highlighted by the White House and EPA’s National Center for Finance and Resiliency. Her leadership in advancing innovative, collaborative approaches and green practices to achieve sustainability is highlighted by her vision and creation of the Green Communities Program over 18 years ago, the nationally acclaimed Green Highways Partnership, and more recently, development and implementation of the Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) Initiative and Partnership. Due to her success with the G3 partnership, she received an EPA National Honor Award for Outstanding Leadership in Collaborative Problem-Solving.


Bill Browning, Founding Partner, Terrapin Bright Green

Bill is an environmental designer, recovering developer, and partner at Terrapin with a focus on green real estate, sustainable master planning, and next generation water and energy systems. Bill was a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Board of Directors and was most recently the recipient of the 2015 ASID Design for Humanity Award. Bill coauthored The Economics of Biophilia and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design, Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, A Primer on Sustainable Building, Greening the Building and the Bottom Line, and was a contributing author to Biophilic Design.

Catie Ryan, Sr. Project Manager, Terrapin Bright Green

Catie is a designer and senior project manager at Terrapin specializing in biophilic design—using research in neuroscience, environmental psychology and endocrinology to identify nature-based design strategies for improving the human health in the urban environment. Her background includes communications design, sustainable urban development, biophilic design, algal bioenergy, and green infrastructure. Catie coauthored Terrapin’s reports 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design and The Economics of Biophilia, recipient of the 2014 EDRA Achievement Award for excellence in environmental design research.

Pam Campbell, LEED AP

Pam is a senior associate at COOKFOX Architects. She has been an integral member of the studio since 2003 when she helped design the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, the first LEED Platinum skyscraper in the world. She has since led design teams for projects including LEED certified high rise residential buildings, the design of an environmentally sustainable school in Cambodia, and working though the intricacies of initiating new green roof zoning text in New York City. With experience in a broad range of project types and a diverse educational background, Pam strongly believes in a holistic, collaborative approach to design, necessary for creatively addressing the most critical challenges and opportunities of today’s architecture.


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