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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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