Episode 1: Green Buildings in the Age of Coronavirus




"Buildings are our first line of defense against COVID-19—and there are many strategies we can take in our buildings to help minimize disease spread." -Dr. Joseph Allen

Listen to our first episode of Urban Green Live, hosted by Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck. This livestreamed interview series features industry experts from NYC and around the globe to talk about solutions for a zero-carbon future.

On April 17, we were delighted to welcome Dr. Joseph Allen as our first guest. He’s a research professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, director of Harvard’s Healthy Buildings program at and a co-author of “Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity.” In recent weeks, Dr. Allen’s views of COVID-19 have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, CNBC and more. In this episode of Urban Green Live, Dr. Allen shares his expertise at the intersection of buildings and health and answers audience questions. 





Dr. Joseph Allen
Assistant Professor
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Joseph G. Allen is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, with John Macomber at Harvard Business School. He began his career conducting forensic health investigations of sick buildings. At Harvard, Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program where he created ‘The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building’. He works with Fortune 500 companies on implementing Healthy Building strategies in their global portfolios and presents internationally on the topic of Healthy Buildings. His work has been featured widely in the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Financial Times, USA Today, NPR, The Washington Post, Fortune, New York Times, and Harvard Business Review, Dr. Allen is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology and the journal Indoor Air.
John Mandyck
Urban Green Council
John Mandyck joined Urban Green Council in 2018 as its first-ever CEO. He capped a 25-year career as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation, a Fortune 45 global leader in the building, aerospace and food refrigeration industries. He also serves as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business. John is the founding chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council, a former board chair of Urban Green, and co-author of the book Food Foolish.