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EP44 | Advocating for Healthy Offices

For those of you who work in an office and have been home for the past 17 months, you might be thinking of the transition back to work or maybe you’ve already returned. Covid protocols are obviously going to be top of mind for many people but what about indoor air quality in general?

As we return to spaces outside our homes, we have less control over the environment. After all, you don’t have a say in what cleaning products your building uses (or doesn’t use) or how warm or cold your space is. And to some extent, that’s true. But being in the buildings industry for over 15 years, I’ve realized it’s a little bit like politics.

In this episode, I want to give you some insights from someone who has worked as a sustainability consultant alongside design & operation teams of commercial buildings. We’ll cover some of the things you can control when it comes to creating a healthier space at work, and how to have conversations with your employer and building manager to help support spaces for everyone.

Health Canada, Indoor Air Quality in Buildings,2010: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/Collection/H46-2-93-166Erev.pdf
Harvard Business Review productivity article: https://hbr.org/2016/09/air-pollution-is-making-office-workers-less-productive
EPA Safer Choice Ingredient List: https://www.epa.gov/saferchoice/safer-ingredients#searchList
Healthy Buildings, Joseph G. Allen & John D. Macomber: https://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-9216611-11556907?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chapters.indigo.ca%2Fen-ca%2Fbooks%2Fhealthy-buildings-how-indoor-spaces%2F9780674237971-item.html%3Fikwid%3Dhealthy+buildings

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