What Does it Take to Get the Healthiest Workplace in the World?

  • 18 October 2017
  • 18:00 - 21:00
  • Haworth Furniture, Shanghai

To date, most green building efforts have been focused on how we can make buildings and workplaces less bad.

But what if we can do better? What if we can create buildings that generate their own energy, treat their own water and support human health, wellbeing and productivity through access to daylight, fresh air, healthy materials & connection to nature?

That is the vision of the Living Building Challenge, a green building certification that is catching on in China, and has more than 380 projects globally.

"The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. It is the gold standard against which all others are measured."

Join us for an evening where we will explore a case study of one of the first Living Building Challenge projects in China, Glumac’s Shanghai office. Discover innovative tools such as Declare (the ingredients label for healthy building products) and RESET (the first building standard to assess the health performance of indoor spaces in real-time), that are creating the healthiest offices possible.

Do you want to know the key to creating the healthiest workplaces in the world? If yes, join us to gain practical skills that you can apply to your next project.

Event Itinerary

  • 17:30-18:15 Registration & networking
  • 18:15-18:30 Event Introduction
  • 18:30-18:45 Presentation by James Connelly, Vice President, Products and Strategic Growth at International Living Future Institute
  • 18:45-18.55 Presentation by Anjanette Green, Director of Standards, RESET
  • 18.55-19:05 Case Study Presentation by Quinnie Li, Associate Principal at Glumac Engineers, on China's first Living Building Challenge Project
  • 19:05-19:45 Panel Discussion: 'What Does it REALLY Take to Get the World's Healthiest Workplace?'
  • 19:45-20:30 Drinks & Networking


James Connelly, Vice President, Products and Strategic Growth at International Living Future Institute
Background: A GreenBiz 30 under 30 sustainable business leader, James Connelly is the Vice President of Products and Strategic Growth at the International Living Future Institute. As VP of Strategic Growth, he leads the organization in developing strategy and cultivating new business and partnership opportunities to grow the Institutes impact and capabilities globally. James also overseas and leverages the Institutes global ambassador network to achieve organizational growth and impact targets.
As VP of Products, James provides strategic leadership for the Institute’s sustainable business and manufacturing initiatives including the Living Product Hub (a center of innovative manufacturing in southwestern Pennsylvania), Living Product Challenge (a program that re-imagines the design and manufacturing of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world), Just (a social justice and corporate responsibility label for leading progressive organizations), Declare (an innovative ingredients transparency label and database of non-toxic sustainably sourced products) and the Handprint Label (an elegant CSR framework for companies on the pathway to achieving Net Positive impact).
James also leads the Institutes strategic consulting for corporations and conducts technical consulting for high profile Living Building Challenge projects both in the US and internationally.

Anjanette Green, Director of Standards, RESET
Background: Anjanette has over 15 years of experience in Architecture and Design, advising on single and multi-attribute building and material certification projects across the globe. Working with clients from China to New Zealand she analyzes materials and manufacturing processes providing solutions for some of today’s most challenged sectors.
As director and co-author of RESET, Anjanette is spearheading the world's first and only certification program focused solely on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).  As a former resident of Shanghai, China, Anjanette worked on the first fully certified RESET project in the world and has been on the forefront of investigative research and critical analysis of the health and well-being of building occupants for the better part of her career. As a materials analyst, Living Product Assessor and third-party Verifier for the International Living Future Institute, Anjanette is among an elite group of experts working to bring healthier products to market.  Anjanette has worked tirelessly with every manner of manufacturer from resilient flooring to activated carbon filtration machines, to assess the ingredients in supply chains to remove culprit chemicals that contribute to poor IAQ.  To date, Anjanette has employed biomimetic design and green chemistry to replace some of our most onerous chemicals of concern ubiquitous to the building and construction industry.
Anjanette was the first LBC ambassador in China and Consultant for the country’s first LBC projects. This year, she was the first LBC Ambassador in Peru and hopes to usher in a new series of healthy building to support the efforts of the growing collaborative in South America.

Quinnie Li, Associate Principal at Glumac Engineers, WELL Faculty, WELL AP, LEED AP, Living Building Challenge Ambassador, EMBA
Background: With her passion in sustainable development, experience of the China market and unique background in architecture, engineering and development, Quinnie has successfully managed complex high-profile sustainability project including Fortune 500 company headquarters, large mix-used, education, and eco-district projects. Quinnie is now the youngest female partner at Glumac and the first to assist Glumac in establishing its Asia practice. She is also involved in the operation and business development activities of Glumac Shanghai, leading the firm to develop into one of the top sustainable engineering firms in Asia. Quinnie has a BA in architecture and urban planning with a concertation in Business Administration from UC Berkeley as well as pursuing an EMBA at Columbia University.

Please Note

  • Payment can be made directly at the door.
  • Beer, wine, juices and canapes shall be served to the attendees, thanks to the support of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).
  • AIA members have the chance to earn 1.5 LU/HSW. Please sign the form at the entrance.
  • Limited spaces. Please register in advance and arrrive at the venue early to secure a seat.
  • There will be an office tour of Asia's first Living Building Challenge project earlier in the afternoon. To find out more or to RSVP visit this link.

Event Details

18 Oct 2017 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Haworth Furniture, Jingan Kerry Center Tower 1, 32F, 1515 West Nanjing Road, Shanghai
Jingan Temple, Line 7 Exit 6