Esther Greenhouse, CEO of Silver to Gold Strategic Planning joined Friday Facts on September 22, 2023, to discuss her work as a built environment strategist and environmental gerontologist. Ms. Greenhouse brings nearly 30 years of experience and a unique constellation of expertise in design, gerontology, environmental psychology, and planning to help communities and organizations solve real problems.
You can learn more about her and her expertise below.
Ms. Greenhouse brings nearly 30 years of experience and a unique constellation of expertise in design, gerontology, environmental psychology, and planning to help communities and organizations solve real problems. To address current and future needs, her firm is developing an initiative: Tackling the Caregiving Crisis by Design.
Ms. Greenhouse’s expertise has been sought by AARP International for the development of the multiyear Equity by Design initiative for the creation of Enabling and Equitable Housing and Multigenerational Communities, based on her Enabling Design Approach. She has been invited to contribute her expertise by presenting for the Clinton Global Initiative, co-authoring the American Planning Association’s first Aging in Community Policy Guide, and on the design of the U.S.’s first elder-focused emergency department. Ms. Greenhouse was the Strategic Director for one of the nation’s first Age-Friendly Centers for Excellence in Tompkins County, NY. Her experience creating and facilitating unique and model events, teaching both professionals and university students, developing community-wide and international initiatives, combined with her extensive network, make her an invaluable resource to communities and organizations poised to create positive change. At Cornell University, she is shaping the field as an industry scholar for the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures and for several years taught a course based on her work. She contributes to successful community planning with workshops and consulting nationwide. Her expertise was requested for such projects as the book Independent for Life, and for two PBS series on design for aging. In the building industry, she has been recognized as an award-winning instructor and leader in Universal Design and Aging in Place by the National Association of Home Builders. Ms. Greenhouse is serving on a subcommittee for the development of the NYS Master Plan on Aging and is an inaugural member of the new Investing for Health Advisory of the International Well Building Institute (IWBI). In addition, Ms. Greenhouse was the primary caregiver to her mother for over 10 years, and through her expertise enabled her mother to delay moving to a facility, preserving quality of life, reducing caregiving demands, and saving the family and the government over $500,000.
Learn more at Silver to Gold Strategies.
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