D01 - Building Equity: Advancing Social Inclusion through WELL™

Thursday, November 21 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | B208 « Back

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Design and policy have the profound power to ensure people of all abilities can easily access, utilize, and engage with the spaces where we live, work, play, and learn. This session will introduce how the WELL Building Standard v2™ pilot (WELL v2™) highlights social equity as a key pillar of health and well-being, and – through the new Community concept and the evolved Nourishment, Movement, and Mind concepts – harnesses the combined power of design and policy to support equitable, inclusive environments.

Rose Winer, Community Concept Lead at the International WELL Building Institute™, will introduce how WELL v2 emphasizes social equity as a pillar of human health, and share specific features across four of the ten WELL v2 concepts - Nourishment, Movement, Mind, and especially the new WELL concept, Community - that advance social equity through policy and design. Victoria Lanteigne, Director of Strategic Partnerships at FOX Architects, and Susan Chung, Director of Research and Knowledge Management at ASID, will discuss how health research translates into equity outcomes through WELL features, and share examples from projects that have implemented strategies across the four WELL concepts to support social inclusion, including: integrative design; accessibility and universal design; progressive parental and family leave policies; mental health education and support; food access; and physical activity promotion.

The second half of the session will put the lectures into practice through an interactive introduction to WELL scorecard development. Attendees will work in groups to build the foundation for a WELL v2 scorecard identifying which features across the four WELL concepts they would prioritize for a hypothetical project that wants to maximize social equity outcomes. Participants will leave the session with practical knowledge of WELL scorecard development and how WELL can be utilized by diverse projects and organizations to advance holistic social equity and inclusion. This session is sponsored by IWBI

Learning Objectives:

Summarize how the WELL Building Standard™ v2 pilot (WELL v2™) connects social equity to human health and well-being across the concepts of Nourishment, Movement, Mind, and Community.

Describe the intent and parts of Feature 85 Integrative Design in the WELL Building Standard v1 and contrast them with Feature C02 Integrative Design in the WELL Building Standard v2.

Identify the parts of Feature 72 Accessible Design in the WELL Building Standard v1 and compare them with Feature C13 Accessibility and Universal Design in the WELL Building Standard v2.

Analyze the difference between Feature 93 Workplace Family Support in the WELL Building Standard v1 and Feature C08 New Parent Support in the WELL Building Standard v2.

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Education Tracks: Health and Wellbeing: Building for People

Event Type: Conference Session > Session