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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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Q&A with Felipe Faria

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_top="50"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="24698" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_single_image image="24696" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1502474228986{margin-top: 20px !important;}"]Felipe Faria graduated with a law degree in 2004 and completed a master’s in economic and corporate law at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in 2007. He spent three years as the civil court negotiator in the city of Barueri in the state of Sao Paulo. Currently, Felipe is the CEO of the Green Building Council Brasil, an organization that has accelerated the greening of Brazil’s construction industry, making it one of the top five markets in the world for LEED and influencing large-scale projects such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. 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? Honestly, my greatest fear is a syringe. Q.Which historical figure do you most identify with? Historical figures inspire me a lot. I would name Joan of Arc. Her determination, courage, and faith are impressive. Q.Which living person do you most admire? Mr. Zé Luiz. He is an unknown hero who lives in a village located [in the] Amazon rainforest. He has an unbelievable ancestral knowledge and awareness about what really matters during our journey of life. And a two-hour conversation...

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Q&A with Mark Ginsberg

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_top="50"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="24273" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_single_image image="24271" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1496156682146{margin-top: 20px !important;}"]Mark Ginsberg founded Ginsberg Green Strategies in January 2012 to consult on eco-cities, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. In Fall 2012, the U.S. Green Building Council designated Ginsberg as the first USGBC senior fellow, where he serves as a senior policy advisor and ambassador. Prior to that, he served as a senior executive at the U.S. Department of Energy for 20 years and the Arizona Energy Office for 10 years. 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? That logic may not always prevail. I am a person of reason and facts—and I fear that we are in an era of denial of truth, science, and logic. Q.Which historical figure do you most identify with? One could hope to be Jefferson, Edison, or Plato, but I more relate to the “humble bureaucrat” who has a garden in China dedicated to him and other civil servants. Q.Which living person do you most admire? Barack Obama for his values, humility, thoughtfulness, perseverance under fire, and for being a class act. Q.What is your greatest extravagance? Prime season tickets for Washington Wizards basketball. Q.What is your favorite journey? A sentimental...

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Q&A with Jennifer Seydel

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_top="50"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="23950" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_single_image image="23948" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1490024821106{margin-top: 20px !important;}"]An educator with more than 35 years’ experience preparing youth for success in an ever-changing world, Jennifer Seydel is the executive director of the Green Schools National Network where she brings together all sectors invested in green, healthy, sustainable schools through professional development, network development, and research. 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 making the most of each day. Q.Which historical figure do you most identify with? Rachel Carson Q.Which living person do you most admire? Michelle Obama Q.What is your greatest extravagance? My new Trek bicycle! Q.What is your favorite journey? Any hike or paddle into the backcountry! Q.What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience. We do not have the time to wait…the future is at stake! Q.Which words or phrases do you most overuse? I grew up in a military family and picked up some colorful language. I am not sure you would want to print them! Q.What is your greatest regret? I try to live life without regrets. Any regret I have ever had, I have addressed so that it does not linger. Q.Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to tell a good...

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Moira Moser

[vc_row row_type="row" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_top="50"][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_single_image image="23580" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][vc_single_image image="23817" border_color="grey" img_link_target="_self" img_size="full"][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1486497915387{margin-top: 20px !important;}"]With 15 locations worldwide, Moser’s firm has certified more than 4.7 million square feet of space in the last eight years, spanning 20 international cities. That success has played a central role in expanding green design across Asia, and it is rooted in an unconventional approach to creating sustainable workplaces. Moser begins each project by addressing the needs of workers and business owners, customizing designs to foster healthy, green, productive workplaces. In our conversation, Moser shares her thoughts on that process, on a changing industry and workplace, and on the immense challenge of global warming.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type="transparent" position="center" up="20"][/vc_column][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text]USGBC+: Your firm recently completed its 100th LEED-certified project in China. What does that accomplishment mean for M Moser Associates and for energy-efficient design around the world? MM: It’s a really important milestone. It means a great deal to our staff that when we do this globally and collaboratively, we can achieve something remarkable. In terms of global sustainability, I think what is happening is that [LEED certification] and sustainability have become a basis for good design. In other words, if you don’t have sustainability in...

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