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2016 November-December

Q&A with George Bandy, Jr.

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_top="50"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="23232" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_single_image image="23474" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1481231070127{margin-top: 20px !important;}"]George Bandy, Jr. serves as vice president of sustainability for Mohawk Group, a leading commercial flooring company. George is responsible for managing the comprehensive concepts and practices of sustainability for Mohawk. He identifies opportunities to position environmental, economic, and socially responsible solutions for both the organization and its customers. Illustration by: Tristan Chace[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]Q.What is your greatest fear? Not living up to my full potential Q.Which historical figure do you most identify with? George Washington Carver Q.Which living person do you most admire? My father…George Bandy, Sr. Q.What is your greatest extravagance? Haberdashery Q.What is your favorite journey? To Opelika, Alabama to see my family Q.What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Good looks (LOL) Q.Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Expeditiously Q.What is your greatest regret? That my grandparents are not here to see the things they saw in me “come to pass” Q.Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to sing Q.What do you consider your greatest achievement? The birth of my children Q.If you were to die and come back as one person, who do you think it would be? The President Q.If you could choose what to come back as one...

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Netherlands in the LEED

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Netherlands in the LEED [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Gerrit-Jan Teunissen champions the inclusion of LEED v4 in public policy in his northwestern European country.   By Alexandra DeLuca[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]“It’s part of my personality,” explains Gerrit-Jan Teunissen. “If someone tells me something is not possible, I always try to find out why and what I can do to change that.” For Teunissen, a Dutch energy and sustainability consultant with TRAJECT, this modus operandi has meant dogged work surrounding the advancement and acceptance of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in the Netherlands—as well as throughout the rest of Europe. In 2014, Teunissen successfully petitioned the government of the Netherlands to recognize LEED as a rating system eligible for green building tax incentives, marking the first time this version of LEED v4 was referenced in public policy in any country. However, before he was taking on national governments and expanding tax code subsets, Teunissen became involved in operations and maintenance at the headquarters of ABN AMRO, a large Dutch banking corporation. He was asked to consult on green building energy conservation and savings possibilities: “They were challenging themselves to be a more progressive and environmentally...

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In the Green Lap of Luxury

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] In the Green Lap of Luxury [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] The Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown reimagines sustainability in a 24/7 business.   By Amanda Sawit [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]Nestled at the intersection of four busy neighborhoods in the nation’s capital, the stately 10-story Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown has served both local and global communities since 1985. Movie buffs might recognize the hotel from the spy-thriller Enemy of the State, and the hotel has hosted an array of iconic figures, from Muhammad Ali to Arnold Schwarzenegger, in addition to visiting heads of state. From the crisp white marble floors to the light-flooded oasis of a lobby, the four-diamond hotel is nothing short of luxurious. And it might be the last place in town where you would expect to find honeybees.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="23213" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1481228040377{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]Shane Krige, general manager of the Fairmont, D.C. Photo: Ana L. Ka’ahanui[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]The bees, which are guests of the hotel’s roof, have become a symbol of the Fairmont’s dedication to the environment and sustainable practices. As part of a 24-month-long renovation, the Fairmont is currently pursuing Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Building Operations and Maintenance...

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Redefining Sites

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="16705" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="23187" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] By Kiley Jacques [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] By elevating the value of landscapes to include ecological and social benefits, the SITES Rating System promotes sustainable design and resiliency on the University of Texas at El Paso campus. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23193" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center wetland pond is home to native Texas aquatic plants and animals, featuring plants that can only grow in water or soil that is permanently saturated with water. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="25"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] Uniquely situated at the U.S.–Mexico border, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) serves over 23,000 students per year. It also figures prominently in the greater Paso del Norte community. So when the decision was made to transform the asphalt-laden, car-centric core of the campus into an inviting living landscape, both communities benefitted. As prime consultant on UTEP’s Campus Transformation Project (CTP), Ten Eyck Landscape Architects Inc. set out to strengthen the connection between the city, the campus, and the land. Project principal Christine Ten Eyck explains the design concept in terms of the school’s location: “The campus sits...

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Open Door Policy

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="22881" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="23170" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]  By Jeff Harder [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] ASSA ABLOY offers a forward-thinking approach to transparency in the marketplace. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] If the name ASSA ABLOY doesn’t ring a bell, Amy Vigneux wouldn’t be upset. “I always refer to us as the $8 billion company that no one’s heard of,” says Vigneux, ASSA ABLOY’s director of Sustainable Building Solutions, with a laugh. And yet plenty of us have made our acquaintance with the company’s handiwork: We encounter it whenever we walk through Target’s sliding glass doors, or into the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona, or the Smilow Cancer Hospital in Connecticut. Founded in 1994, the ASSA ABLOY Group has 200 brands—including 22 in North America like Securitron, Sargent, and Corbin Russwin—that design and manufacture doors, frames, mechanical locks and exit devices, decorative hardware, electronic access controls, and “basically anything that goes around a door opening,” Vigneux says. And because door openings have a big impact on the built environment, ASSA ABLOY has put a premium on transparency, going to great lengths to minimize its environmental impact throughout the supply chain and put itself at the forefront of sustainability in...

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Healthy Hospital

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="18059" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="23157" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] By Mary Grauerholz [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Inova Heath System is on the forefront of greening the nation’s hospitals. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] When Seema Wadhwa became the assistant vice president of Sustainability and Wellness at Inova Health System, Inova’s management team clearly had sustainability on its roadmap, leadership just didn’t know the best way to get the organization to the destination. At a time when the healthcare industry was beginning to dip its toes into sustainability, Wadhwa, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)–accredited professional, embraced the challenge. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23160" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Seema Wadhwa is assistant vice president of Sustainability and Wellness at Inova Health System.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="25"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]“Inova wanted to move toward sustainability, but didn’t know what it looked like,” Wadhwa recalls. Today, Inova shows how greening a healthcare setting can reap success. The health network serves more than 2 million people in northern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metro area with five hospitals and numerous other facilities, including the area’s only Level 1 trauma center and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit. Inova hospitals hold 18 Joint...

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The Human Element

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="17531" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="23137" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] By Lorne Bell [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] At a mindfulness retreat in upstate New York, industry and city leaders are rethinking their green building approach. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] Steven Bluestone is not someone you would peg as a tree-hugging, green crusader. Yes, the 58-year-old real estate developer majored in solar energy systems. And yes, since 2008, all of his buildings have incorporated extensive green design, but Bluestone is one of New York City’s most prolific builders, a partner and third-generation leader in the award-winning Bluestone Organization. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23143" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]The Garrison Institute offers a natural setting for contemplation with its tranquil, park-like setting, gardens, gazebo on a bluff by the river, and many walking paths.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="25"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Since his grandfather founded the firm in 1927, the company has built more than 10,000 housing units across the city. For Steven Bluestone, building green is part of a healthy bottom line—which is why he accepted an invitation to the 2014 Climate, Buildings and Behavior symposium hosted by the Garrison Institute, a mindfulness retreat and former monastery in rural Garrison, New York....

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Leading from Within

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="23132" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/4"][vc_single_image image="23134" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Fulton (Tony) Gale III, FAIA Starbucks Corporate Architect Tony Gale, FAIA, is Starbucks Corporate Architect. He was on the USGBC’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2009, was Seattle City Architect under mayors Paul Schell and Greg Nickels, and has practiced internationally since 1973 as a principal owner of two award-winning architectural firms. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']A[/dropcaps]t Starbucks, we’re proud to have been a leader for more than a decade in the development and implementation of a scalable green building program for companies—both retail and beyond. Today we have 1,200 LEED–certified stores in nearly 20 countries and sustainable building has become our standard. I’m proud to have been a founding member of this program and even more proud of the progress we’ve made as an organization. Prior to joining Starbucks, I was Seattle’s city architect from 1999 to 2004 where I led a 20-person team managing the city’s green building policy. I joined Starbucks 11 years ago as corporate architect and found an organization that was passionate about contributing to the communities it serves. Green building and environmental stewardship provide a natural foundation...

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