2018 Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy

December 3 - 5, 2018

    Hyatt Centric French Quarter New Orleans
    New Orleans, LA
    December 03, 2018 to December 05, 2018

    In December 2018 in New Orleans, ACEEE hosted its first Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy. This two-day, multi-track event showcased the groundbreaking research of ACEEE’s new Health and Environment program as well as the work of prominent experts and academics in this growing field.

    This premier event brought together innovative leaders from a variety of professions to explore how energy choices can affect our health and the environment. The conference also explored how reducing energy waste, for example, can reduce pollution and protect health.

    Diversed speakers and attendees brought their expertise in public health and environmental regulation as well as energy-saving programs, policies, and technologies. They discussed cutting-edge research and the pioneering efforts of public health advocates.

    This conference featured multiple tracks for participants, who can earn professional continuing education credits. The conference included plenary panels, breakout sessions, and moderated discussions — not to mention lunches, network receptions, and fun activities.

    As childhood asthma reaches epidemic levels and health effects from pollution intensify, there’s never been a more important time to focus on how we can change the way we use energy in order to clear the air of harmful pollutants and protect people’s health. Reducing energy waste can become a strategy for addressing many of the social determinants of public health.

    For future sponsorship opportunities on future health, environment, and energy conferences, please contact Sara Hayes,






    Conference Advisory Committee

    The following individuals and organizations have graciously agreed to donate their time and expertise to the planning and success of the Conference on Health, Environment, and Energy.

    Phil Assmus, National Association of Clean Air Agencies; Lisanne Brown, Louisiana Public Health Institute; Jonathan Cohen, US Department of Energy; Robyn DeYoung, US Environmental Protection Agency; Barbara Gottlieb, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Diana Hernandez, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; Ryan Hodum, Energy Foundation; Jyotsna Jagai​, American Public Health Association and the School of Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago; Lauren Koch, Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth; Catherine Lee, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative; Julie Michals, E4theFuture; Denise Mulholland, US Environmental Protection Agency; Clay Nesler, Johnson Controls; Felicia Rabito, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University; Frank Rapley, Tennessee Valley Authority; Curt Rich, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association; Jennifer Russell, Merck Family Fund; Mona Sarfaty, Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health; Rodney Sobin​, National Association of State Energy Officials; Lauren Westmoreland, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance; Jalonne White-Newsome, Kresge Foundation; Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Children's Environmental Health Network

    Health Education Planners

    Mona Sarfaty, MD, MPH, FAAFP; The Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health

    Sabrina Esquivel, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC; Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians

    Morgan White, CHES®; National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

    Plenary Panels

    Assessing the Landscape: Emerging Trends and Opportunities at the Nexus of Health and Energy



    Felicia Rabito is an Epidemiologist at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her research interest is the relationship between housing and health with particular emphasis on the health of children of low-income status who reside in urban environments. Read more >>            




    Hugh C. McDiarmid, Jr. is a communications officer at the Kresge Foundation, where he supports internal and external communications efforts for the the Environment Program among other key Kresge initiatives. Read more >>





    Z Smith, is Principal and Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, winner of the 2014 AIA Firm Award. His built work includes academic, commercial, and residential buildings. Read more >>





    Eric Werling is National Director for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building America program. Read more >>




    Plenary Panel on Health and Climate Change

    Sherry Ahrentzen is Shimberg Professor of Housing Studies at the University of Florida (UF). Her research focuses on housing and community design that fosters the physical, social, and economic health of households. Read more >>






    Nathaniel DeNicola is an assistant professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists environmental health expert and liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Council on Environmental Health.         





    Whitney Fung is a third-year doctoral student at the University of South Florida (USF) in the College of Public Health and a graduate of the University of Florida (UF). Read more >> 






    Mona Safarty is the Director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health comprised of 22 medical societies representing over 550,000 physicians — more than half the physicians in the U.S. Read more>>

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