Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Spring 2013 - (Page 4)

ON THE ROOF WITH… The theme of this issue of the Living Architecture Monitor is “community health.” As we explore how green infrastructure contributes to the overall health and well-being of the community, who better to interview than Gail Vittori—a green building pioneer, who has worked on health issues for more than three decades? Vittori is the co-director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, a non-profit research and design firm in Austin, Texas dedicated to sustainable planning and design. In 2001, she developed the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC), a best practices guide used by healthcare facilities (available at The GGHC was convened by the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems and overseen by Vittori, three other coordinators, a diverse steering committee, staff and volunteers. The GGHC grew to more than 38,000 website registrants and 328 projects; significantly influencing the development of the USGBC’s LEED for Healthcare, and the design, construction and operations of LIVING ARCHITECTURE MONITOR / SpRING 2013 / 4 healthcare facilities in North America and around the world. Vittori also served on the board of the US Green Building Council for eight years—and was the chair in 2009. Furthermore, she was featured as an Innovator: Building a Greener World in TIME Magazine. Vittori, more than anyone, understands the benefits of “greening” our hospitals and the importance of “design[ing] buildings to be resilient.” I spoke with Vittori to find out more about her work and the public health benefits (and challenges) of green healthcare infrastructure. INTERVIEWED By: JENNIfER fODEN WILSON READ THIS ISSUE ONLINE AT WWW.LIVINGARCHITECTUREMONITOR.COM http://WWW.LIVINGARCHITECTUREMONITOR.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Spring 2013

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Spring 2013
From The Founder
On the Roof With...
Policy and Standards
Current Research
Living Architecture Meets Hurricane Sandy
How Healthy Is Your Hospital?
New Corporate Members
Professional Calendar
GRHC Board Member Updates
GRHC Buyer’s Guide
The Lucky 7

Green Roofs - Living Architecture Monitor - Spring 2013