Materials Matter Session 2: Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health

December 8, 2017
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Center / Architecture + Design
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Registration is required
Event Cost: 

Members: $75/session 
Non-Members: $150/session 
Students: $35/session

Session 2, Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health, delves into the science behind materials and human health to understand how material substances reach people and lead to health consequences. It provides guidance on the complex landscape of health tools by introducing the different types of tools available to make educated decisions about products and what to consider when selecting and using these tools.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to summarize the key human health drivers for sourcing healthy, sustainable materials.
  • Participants will be able to describe how substances in materials reach people, the potential effects on human health, and how some people are more at risk than others.
  • Participants will be able to summarize the landscape of databases, disclosures, and certifications available for understanding the impact of material substances on human health.
  • Participants will be able to describe the opportunities and limitations of different health tools in order to understand certain contexts require certain tools.


  • Jody A. Roberts, PhD, Chemical Heritage Foundation
    Jody A. Roberts, PhD, is director of CHF’s Institute for Research and managing director of CHF West. CHF’s Institute for Research initiates, coordinates, and conducts research at the core of CHF’s mission to foster dialogue on science and technology in society. In this capacity Roberts oversees CHF’s Centers for Oral History and Applied History and ensures that research at CHF bridges the institution’s unique ability to speak through museum exhibitions; live, print, and digital programming; and CHF’s unparalleled collections in the history of science. The goals of our work are to develop the methods and tools that experiment with the unique capabilities of the science humanities to contribute to a more inclusive conversation about the place of science and technology in our lives; to share those tools with our peers; and to cultivate and mentor a new generation of science studies practitioner capable of taking these ideas out into the world. Projects such as “rom Inception to Reform: An Oral History of the Toxic Substances Control Act” and Sensing Change provided early templates for thinking about how we can open new conversations on topics that often seem impenetrable, hidden, or too politically charged. More recent and ongoing projects, such as REACH Ambler, have taken these lessons and continued to experiment with ways in which histories of the present provide platforms for speaking about possible futures. Roberts continues to work in the area of the history of sustainability and environmental regulation, but with a greater interest in developing tools for opening up narrative spaces that imagine sustainable futures. He is also beginning new research focused on the intersection of materials innovation and social innovation for disability needs.
  • Janna Wandzilak, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, Delos Living
    As an Associate at Delos, Janna consults on projects for clients pursuing WELL Certification and helps to educate the industry about health and wellness in the built environment through workshops and other speaking engagements. Janna is also the Materials Specialist at Delos, assisting with product evaluation across departments with the goal of incorporating the healthiest and most sustainable products into building projects. In this role, she is managing the materials selection for the new Delos HQ, a project for which the team is pursuing WELL Platinum, LEED v4 Platinum and LBC Petal Certification. Prior to joining Delos, Janna was a Senior Sustainability Consultant at Closed Loop Advisors, a sustainability consulting firm where she advised clients on sustainability strategy, monitoring and analytics and green building & certifications. She is a WELL AP, LEED AP and also a Living Building Challenge Ambassador.
  • Shawn Fisher Hesse, International Living Future Institute
    As the Community Engagement Manager, Shawn leads the strategy, training, and support for ILFI’s international network of Ambassadors and Collaboratives. Shawn is a licensed architect, and prior to joining ILFI, led the Boston office of emersion DESIGN, an architecture and sustainability consulting firm. Shawn has over 13 years of project experience with LEED, the Living Building Challenge, and net zero energy projects, and has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and policy makers at all levels of government on issues related to the Living Building Challenge, LEED, net zero building, green building policies, and green jobs. As a trained facilitator, adjunct professor, and Living Building Challenge Ambassador, he has educated more than 5,000 people on issues related to sustainability, high performance building, and social justice in the built environment.  As a volunteer, he has led the Living Future Collaborative and USGBC Chapter in Boston, and currently serves on the LEED Social Equity Working Group with USGBC. Shawn is also on the national board of Architects/Designers/Planners  for Social Responsibility, working to promote human rights through design. Shawn is an NCARB Certified architect, licensed in Ohio and Massachusetts, is Living Future Accredited, LEED Accredited with both BD+C and O+M specialties, and has advanced training in adult education, meeting and charrette facilitation, and regenerative development.
  • Lia C. Nielsen, WELL AP, LEEDga, Simply Sustainable, LLC
    Lia Nielsen founded Simply Sustainable in 2015 to focus on the product-related needs of her clients. Simply Sustainable provides a curated se Lia is a business graduate of Boston University and attended graduate school at the University of Florida where she studied Construction Management and Sustainability. She is currently attending Parsons School of Constructed Environments seeking a degree in Interior Design and Sustainability. After working on construction projects such as the LEED Platinum Bank of America tower in New York City, and the Frank Gehry designed Peter B. Lewis Science Library and the Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University, Lia joined noted Green architect, Jason Kliwinski, in forming the Green Building Center, of which she remains a co-owner. Lia is both a LEED Green Associate and a WELL Accredited Professional. She is regularly a member of design teams on LEED projects and provides WELL accreditation training through AIA, USGBC and Simply Sustainable.


For more information, please contact:
AIA Philadelphia
Julianne Foley
215-569-3186, ext. 101