Peter Smith is the Sr. VP at International WELL Building Institute IWBI where he works to transform buildings in ways that help people thrive. On today’s show, Charlie and Peter discuss the ways that buildings, and everything in them, can enhance and not compromise, our health and wellness.
“As sensors become more sophisticated, cost effective, and more consumer oriented, we will see an immediate shift…and have to be more responsive to air quality demands by occupants.” Peter Smith
The Road to Green Building
Peter has always had a passion for architecture and design and being outdoors. He and his brothers spent a lot of time growing up playing outside and visiting national parks. Peter developed that passion into transforming the outdoor environment into the built environment.
In college, Peter majored in Environmental Economics which merged traditional economics with environmental studies. He really began to focus his future on the notion of Green Building with his capstone project.
Green Building Influences Campuses
For his capstone project, Peter inventoried several buildings at Colgate to determine the inefficiencies and measures that could be put forward to improve them.
The second seminar focused on economics. Peter ran an econometric model to understand the prevalence of green buildings at higher ed institutions. His research began to impact faculty and staff and the hiring a Head of Sustainability and started a ‘Roundtable of Sustainability’ for students.
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