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UHC Lecture Series 2011 03) Michael Bloom

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 · 6:30 PM

Sustainable Behavior & Green Buildings: Living & Working in Sustainable Buildings

Speaker: Michael Bloom, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings
Date: Wednesday, March 2
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: J. Merlo Branch of the Chicago Public Library
644 W. Belmont Avenue, 60657 (map)
Cost: FREE!

Lecture Topic

The human element matters. While it may seem like building design, material selection, construction practices, regulations and certifications dominate conversations about sustainable buildings, sustainable building initiatives are increasingly accounting for human behavior when designing high-performance built environments. This lecture will present examples of current federal projects to illustrate how architects, engineers and even bureaucrats are borrowing from the social sciences to leverage the power of culture, behavior and social psychology to deliver environments that are not only built green but perform sustainably.

Examples will revolve around the newly released Sustainable Facilities Tool, and other initiatives sponsored by GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings.

Lecturer Bio

Michael F. Bloom is a Sustainability and Green Program Advisor with the U.S. General Services Administration, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings. Previously, Michael served as Senior Workplace Specialist with GSA in Chicago, IL, responsible for the sustainable design strategic planning, renovation and project management of the Public Buildings Service Headquarters facilities in Chicago. His 9 years with GSA were punctuated by the opportunity to lead the GSA team that established and managed the Obama/Biden Presidential Transition offices in Chicago, winning a Federal Employee of the Year award for their efforts. He also worked to further the AdministrationSs sustainability goals by serving as a core team member on the $103M initiative to “green” the historic Chicago Mies Van Der Roe-designed Federal Center, a prominent American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project. Mr. Bloom has earned two National Environmental Awards for Regional Headquarters space projects, including the first “Workplace 20.20” project, a prototype of GSA’s National initiative to treat office space, workplace technologies, and work processes as an integrated system strategically designed to enhance organizational effectiveness.

Michael is pursuing a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago working on a dissertation entitled “Sustainable Design? : The US Green Building Council and the American Environmental Movement”. Before joining GSA, Michael worked in the hospitality industry for 16 years, serving as Special Projects Coordinator and Operations Manager for Maggiano’s Little Italy. When not otherwise occupied, Michael cherishes his time with his wife and two young daughters, often traveling back to the San Francisco Bay Area where he grew up. An avid cyclist, he bikes to work in Downtown Chicago, 10 miles each way, year-round.


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