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The health care industry has come a long way in defining the goals of sustainability that can be embraced to improve the effectiveness and performance of the health care delivery system. The dynamic format of this session will include direct project experience and feedback on the use of the LEED for Healthcare rating system since its launch at CleanMed in 2011. It will also feature planned improvements to the rating system in the next version of LEED. The credits in the rating system are tailored to the needs of the health care industry and reflect state of the art health care design and construction. Many projects are now pursuing certification under this rating system and this session will feature the project furthest along in review under LEED for Healthcare, an addition to the Dell Children’s hospital in Austin, TX. Speakers will cover the content of the rating system, and the strategies needed to meet these requirements.

This session has been approved by AIA for 1.0 CE Credit.


  • Understand the implementation of LEED for Healthcare.
  • Understand the differences between LEED for New Construction prerequisites and credits and LEED for Healthcare prerequisites and credits.
  • Learn how design paradigms will need to change to embrace the concepts inherent in the next version of LEED for Healthcare due out in 2013.
  • Obtain tools and ideas for implementing the concepts to create more sustainable healthcare spaces.


Melissa Gallagher-Rogers, LEED® AP, Director of LEED Technical Solutio, U.S. Green Building Council

Melissa Gallagher-Rogers is Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. She is Founding Chair of LEED for Healthcare Committee, co-author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture and was featured as an Innovator: Building a Greener World in TIME. She is responsible for the development of technical solutions related to the LEED green building rating system and is primary liaison to sectors such as government, hospitality and healthcare to ensure that their needs are met as they green their building portfolios by implementing the LEED.

Michele L. Van Hyfte, AIA LEED AP BD+C, Manager Environmental Stewardship, Seton Network Facilities

Michele L. Van Hyfte, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, a Registered Architect and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional, develops and leads environmental stewardship and sustainability programs for Seton Healthcare Family.
As Seton’s Manager of Environmental Stewardship, Michele serves as Co-Chairperson of the Seton Network Green Team, develops green teams at each of Seton’s hospitals, manages compliance with environmental regulations and coordinates initiatives, standards and outreach.

Michele joined Seton in 2012 year after eight years with Monarch Design/Consulting, an architectural design and consulting firm she founded that specialized in high-performance buildings. She has over 18 years of experience in design and construction and earned a Masters of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Austin Alliance and Envision Central Texas. She is a member of the USGBC Central Texas- Balcones Chapter, a former Chapter Vice Chair, founding member, and Advisory Council member. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects Austin Chapter, a former Chairperson of its Committee on the Environment, a former chapter Executive Committee member, and past recipient of its Young Architectural Professional of the Year.


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