Groups join forces to help cities and counties accelerate leading strategies that advance health, well-being and sustainability
(New York, November 16, 2021)—The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and Global Green today announced a collaboration focused on supporting local leaders as they seek to deploy solutions that advance well-being for both people and planet. The two organizations will work together on the development of tools and resources that help cities adopt leading policies and programs that can better advance health and sustainability across municipal buildings, operations and planning.
“Together with Global Green, we are propelling change at the city level to maximize efforts to improve human and planetary health,” said Rachel Hodgdon, President, and CEO of IWBI. “We know the compounding effects of climate change, and we know the toll of these threats on human health. Because we experience them together, we must address them together. I am eager to begin tackling this important work with Global Green.”
The partnership will empower city and county leaders across the country with specific strategies and solutions to better leverage their city’s buildings, public spaces and programs to advance health, well-being and social equity. The collaboration will also focus on helping cities model leadership by example, specifically with opportunities to deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces that can enhance human health and well-being using the WELL Building Standard. Global Green will also leverage its unique expertise to provide input on IWBI’s ongoing efforts to improve city-level best practices to promote the creation of safer, healthier spaces to navigate a people-first, equitable recovery from COVID-19.
“We are thrilled to be working with the International WELL Building Institute to reframe the picture for how cities lead on health and human sustainability,” said William Bridge, CEO of Global Green. “With wildfires on the rise, natural disasters skyrocketing and acute health threats looming – all while we recover from an historic pandemic – there is an urgent need to better address the places where we spend our time. IWBI’s WELL Standard is transforming the market, delivering on buildings that advance human health, equity and resilience. Now, through this partnership, we are poised to empower local leaders who are embracing this next leadership challenge to bridge human health and planetary health.”
The partnership will also highlight how innovative existing program and policy solutions are being used to date to showcase progress across the local government sector.
About the International WELL Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation and the world’s leading organization focused on deploying people-first places to advance a global culture of health. IWBI mobilizes its community through the administration of the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and the WELL Health-Safety Rating, management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and well-being for everyone, everywhere. More information on WELL can be found here.
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About Global Green
Global Green USA (Global Green) is the American affiliate of Green Cross International, founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1994 to foster a global shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For over 25 years, Global Green USA has been a leader in advancing sustainable and resilient communities. We protect human and environmental health, improve livability, build stronger communities, and support our planet’s natural systems in an effort to stem climate change. Our transformative policy work, programs and projects stem climate change, reduce waste, foster water reduction, and develop clean energy to ensure long-term environmental viability and health for our local communities and the planet.