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Q&A with Amira Hassan

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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

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 the south of Sinai where I find the highest mountains in Egypt, serenity, and most important of all is being off-grid and with no mobile network connection.

Q.What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Honesty. Not everyone can take honesty.

Q.Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
If you could just remember that we are not going to stay here forever.

Q.What is your greatest regret?
I believe that whatever happens is either a blessing or a lesson; maybe that’s why I don’t identify regret, everything happens for a reason, and whatever I did wrong in the past, helped me make better decisions in the future.

Q.Which talent would you most like to have?
Singing. Sometimes a song delivers a message that a hundred lessons can’t.

Q.What do you consider your greatest achievement?
It started when I found my passion as a sustainability educator; from raising awareness to professional education I delivered education to more than 1,200 people during the last three years.

Q.If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A Tree. I need to experience how trees communicate with the world, how they host other species, how they exist in nature all the time and how they adapt to their surroundings.

Q.If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
Talented peacemaker, and enjoy myself doing it.

Q.What is your most treasured possession?
My two kids, Mariam and Malek.

Q.What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Living in countries where things are more valuable than people.

Q.What is your favorite occupation?
Positive change maker—in whatever occupation.

Q.What is your most marked characteristic?
Passionate, with all the things I love.

Q.Who are your heroes in real life?
Prophet Muhammad in history and today Jason F. McLennan.

Q.What is it that you most dislike?
Fake people.

Q.What is your motto?
Love, learn, live.

Q.What will you have them put on your tombstone?
I think they will have to do it themselves—haha. I still don’t know how my journey ends, maybe that’s why I can’t sum it up in words now.