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2017 September-October

Policy at Play

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Policy at Play [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] David Matiella is a champion of sustainability in the Lone Star State.   By Mary Grauerholz [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text]The ribbon of highway from Dallas to Austin, Texas, is not a journey to be taken lightly. Interstate 35 South is a straight shot of asphalt, surrounded by vast open plains and wide sky, a monotone setting that can seem endless. Yet David Matiella, who plays a critical role in linking the state’s green initiatives to the Texas State Legislature, regularly draws volunteers from Dallas, Houston, and lesser-known outposts, to the state capital to advocate for sustainability policies.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_single_image image="25001" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full" css=".vc_custom_1506094567649{margin-top: 5px !important;}"][vc_column_text]Hon. Rep. Mark Strama, USGBC Texas Advocacy Committee Chair David Matiella, and USGBC Texas Advocate Larry Graf.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="15"][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]Matiella is an associate dean of academic affairs and a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Architecture, Construction, and Planning. As the organizer and chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Texas Chapter’s Advocacy Committee, Matiella is a prime mover and shaker for Texas green initiatives, deftly steering politicians and residents toward a more sustainable future. “We focus on public policy...

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Engage and Empower

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="24930" 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="24936" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_column_text] Senator Patrick Leahy U.S. Senator of Vermont; Vice Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="3/4"][vc_column_text] [dropcaps type='normal' color='' background_color='' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]here’s a bumper sticker phrase about Vermont that says, “Vermont: We Were Green Before Green Was Cool.” I’ve always enjoyed that sentiment, that our state has been a leader in environmental responsibility and stewardship, conserving our resources, and the sustainability movement long before it became trendy. Smart, sustainable development relies on effective engagement and empowerment. With Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has worked hard to bring people to the table from every stakeholder group, industry, and corner of the economy to help define a common understanding of what it means to build sustainably. This important work is making us stronger, more resilient, and more secure as a nation. In 2003, when the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain opened in Burlington, it was the first LEED-certified building in Vermont. Today the Burlington area is home to more than 75 LEED-certified projects, encompassing more than 3 million gross square feet of space. For a town of 42,000 residents, this constitutes a significant growth...

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Green Backing

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="18094" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="24940" 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] Architect, policy maker, and green school champion Joseph da Silva advocates for integration and collaboration on every front. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="24944" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Joseph da Silva has been on the forefront of the green schools movement in New England.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text] Joseph da Silva, Ph.D., has a unique perspective when it comes to school buildings. The first-generation immigrant was born in the Azores, Portugal, which he describes as “an environmental paradise.” Upon moving to the United States as a young boy, he entered the public school system, where he became distinctly aware of his surroundings. “I really connected with the space of the classroom because it was so foreign to anything I had ever experienced,” he recalls. “I was exposed to the fact that schools have all of these unique spaces. They have auditoriums, theaters, offices, classrooms, and athletic facilities—all together in one place. That was fascinating to me. That was when I started really focusing on architecture and school buildings.” That formative time set him on a path from which he has never strayed. He earned...

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Taking Flight

[vc_row row_type="row" type="grid" text_align="left"][vc_column width="1/1"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][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="24964" 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] Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Center makes significant strides in its conservation and education efforts using its new LEED Platinum building as a vehicle. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="24967" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text]Liberty Wildlife has been a leader in rescue, rehabilitation, education, and conservation throughout Arizona since 1981.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] Located on the banks of the Rio Salado River in Phoenix, Arizona, the Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Center uses its site and new green home to advance its work. Incorporated in 1981 by founder Dr. Kathryn Orr, a veterinarian and expert ornithologist, the nonprofit’s mission is to nurture the nature of Arizona by providing quality wildlife rehabilitation, environmental education, and conservation services. The award-winning, volunteer-driven organization uses raptors that have been deemed nonreleasable to evidence the importance of protecting wildlife species and their habitats. “We can take the face of an animal and use it to demonstrate why the use of sustainable practices is so vital to whatever you are doing,” says Executive Director Megan Mosby. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][mgl_tubelab_video mode="embed" template="default" display="title" size="high"...

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From Steel to Silver and Gold

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="30"][vc_single_image image="17498" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_single_image image="24983" 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] A spotlight on the first LEED-certified steel production mill in the world. [/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_column_text] The Arkansas Delta conjures the backdrop of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the town of Osceola is the region’s quintessential landscape: soybean and cotton fields, the churn of the Lower Mississippi River beyond the levees, and wide-open miles between glimpses of one small town and the next. The area, about an hour north of Memphis, has also fallen on hard times, with declining population and high unemployment. But on 1,300 acres between the Mississippi and BNSF Railway train tracks, an Osceola steel maker is changing fortunes by turning a soot-stained industry a new shade of green. Last February, the Big River Steel Production Facility became the world’s first steel mill to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The $1.3 billion, four-building facility has also been a true economic engine for eastern Arkansas, bringing more than 500 full-time jobs paying good salaries. And for an industry traditionally considered at odds with the environment, Big River Steel augurs a new...

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Q&A with Amira Hassan

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_top="50"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="25013" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_single_image image="25012" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1506095114691{margin-top: 20px !important;}"]Amira Hassan is an educator with a background working with the U. S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system. She has worked for more than seven years as an architectural engineer at Dar Al-Handasah Company in Cairo, Egypt, a Platinum level member of USGBC. She is a LEEDAP and a WELL AP. She is also a Green Globes professional and a Green Classroom Professional. She is a volunteer with the International Living Future Institute as an ambassador and presenter. 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? Wasting our time questioning and debating about climate change, and changes come faster than we think. Q.Which historical figure do you most identify with? Sinan, the great Ottoman architect and urban designer. Q.Which living person do you most admire? My Father for his balance between work and life, he is so professional at his career, and at the same time he is the most loving and caring father ever. Q.What is your greatest extravagance? Learning more about sustainability, green buildings, and nature. Q.What is your favorite journey? Saint Katherine Protectorate in...

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