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Many health care facilities have prioritized sustainable practices, but reducing diesel pollution has often been overlooked. Highly problematic but easily prevented, exposure to particulate diesel soot has been linked to diabetes, stroke, heart attack, cancer and over 21,000 premature death annually. Unregulated prior to 1995, pollution from construction equipment is of special concern because the durability of diesel engines means much of construction equipment in use today lack modern PM pollution controls. Adopting Clean Construction practices can protect patients, staff and community members from exposure on site, encourage financial support, and be leveraged for clean air benefits elsewhere.

This session is approved for 1.0 CEU Credits through AIA

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Learning Objectives: 

  •  Review the relevance of adopting clean construction policies at hospitals from a health and financial perspective
  • Review successful adoption of policies
  • Review how individual action, regardless of whether a building project is planned at that institution can have clean air benefit
  • Identify options for adopting Clean Construction policies

Presenters

Brooke Suter, National Campaign Director, Clean Air Task Force
 bsuter@catf.us
Brooke Suter is the National Campaign Director for the nonprofit Clean Air Task Force (www.catf.us), and the Coordinator of the Diesel Clean-Up Campaign (www.dieselcleanup.org). The campaign is endorsed by over 500 organizations across the country, providing a presence locally in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Federal initiatives such the recent introduction of the Clean Construction Act of 2011 in both houses of Congress are woven together with local and state-based campaigns to create an effective diesel pollution reduction strategy to protect health and the climate.  A current focus is promoting Clean Construction at hospitals and universities, where the importance of reduced exposure to toxins is understood. Ms. Suter has worked on a wide range of environmental and public health issues for over two decades, and has been recognized for her leadership and collaboration on issues of power plant pollution, mercury emissions, climate change and diesel pollution.

Thomas E Kennedy, Director of Capital Projects, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Corporate Construction 
kennedyte@upmc.edu
 Thomas E. Kennedy is the Director of Capital Projects at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Prior to his employment at UPMC, he worked for the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, where he was responsible for the construction of the state-of-the-art David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, as well as overseeing the public interest in the construction of PNC Park (Pirates) and Heinz Field (Steelers).  Currently he oversees the majority of construction activity throughout UPMC.   He has developed various systems and procedures for construction projects, including an Emissions Control Policy, the UPMC Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) program (which has become an essential part of UPMC ‘s construction process), and a Commissioning initiative that ensures proper installation and operation of completed equipment and systems.

Ramesh Raman, Executive Director, Construction Field Compliance, Columbia University 
rr2555@columbia.edu
Ramesh Raman is the Executive Director for Construction Field Compliance responsible for implementing the “clean construction program” for the Columbia University Manhattanville campus expansion project. In this role, for the last 4 years, Ramesh has successfully led the effort to prevent construction impacts on workers and the community by planning mitigation measures before any construction activity takes place. Ramesh joined Columbia University from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in NY where he managed Sustainable Design and Environmental Performance Commitments that covered areas such as diesel emissions, dust, noise, vibration, waste management and cultural & historic resources on the mega projects for MTA Capital Construction Company. As a result of successful implementation, the U.S. EPA is using MTA CC’s clean diesel emissions program as a model of success to induce its implementation in other areas of the country.


 

 

Thomas E. Kennedy, the Director of Capital Projects at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, received his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.  Prior to his employment at UPMC, he worked for the Sports and Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, where he was responsible for the construction of the state-of-the-art David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, as well as overseeing the public interest in the construction of PNC Park (Pirates) and Heinz Field (Steelers).  Currently he oversees the majority of construction activity throughout UPMC.   He has developed various systems and procedures for construction projects, including an Emissions Control Policy, the UPMC Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) program (which has become an essential part of UPMC ‘s construction process), and a Commissioning initiative that ensures proper installation and operation of completed equipment and systems.

 

 

 

 

 

 
  

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