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The GreenHome Institute’s – “Leveraging Physical Climate Data for the Built Environment” – Free Webinar

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

About this event

This session will showcase a physical climate risk data tool. How do you know the Risk Factor to make it easy for the built environment to find property-specific risk from environmental threats such as flooding, wildfires, extreme heat, and severe wind, and understand how risks are changing because of a changing environment? First Street Foundation’s mission is to address the asymmetry in access to high-quality climate change data by quantifying and communicating America’s environmental risks so that everyone can make informed decisions for the future. By making environmental risk data accessible and easy to understand, individuals and businesses can prepare for and mitigate risks before they become a reality.

Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

  • Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
  • Submitted for American Institute of Architects – AIA (HSW)
  • Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
  • Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP) Pillar(s): Place
  • AIBD
  • State Architect / Builder License may be applicable

Lessons Learned:

  1. Review a physical climate data tool and how it is being leveraged by large and small organizations and government agencies across the United States to understand property-specific hazard risks such as flooding, wildfire, extreme heat, and severe wind. How does this fit into LEED BD+C V4 Prereque LT Floodplain Avoidance?
  2. Understand how the climate models are built and what makes this assessment tool different from other physical climate data models. How can it be used for LEED BD+C V4 Prereque LT Floodplain avoidance?
  3. Articulate how businesses and individuals can understand a property’s risk from a changing environment and begin to take steps to protect their properties.
  4. Determine how climate risk fits in the green building certification programs, especially LEED BD+C V4 Prereque LT Floodplain Avoidance.


Helena Cawley is the Head of Business Development and Legal for First Street Foundation focusing on identifying and creating strategic partnerships while advising the Foundation on a wide range of legal and compliance issues.Helena started her legal career with law firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in New York, and was most recently the President of HABIT Advisors, an organization that provided workplace training in the areas of sexual harassment prevention and diversity & inclusion.

Helena was also previously the CEO and Co-founder of Uplift Studios, a fitness boutique in New York City and has extensive experience with the legal matters pertaining to small and mid-size businesses. Helena earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, and her law degree from New York University School of Law.



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