1. When were you first introduced to green design and construction?
In the environmental engineering program at GA Tech, I had the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of green buildings we had on campus, as well as learn about innovation in green design.
2. What excites you the most about your job?
I love the people I work with, and I love that I can play a small role in smarter, greener buildings that use less natural resources.
3. What has been a challenge you’ve faced in your career?
One of the bigger challenges I’ve faced is dealing with “mansplaining.” It can be frustrating to listen to someone explain things you are very familiar with, but the best weapon is to be well prepared and well researched.
4. Do you have any advice to someone aspiring to make a difference in their industry through sustainability?
I would say find ways to be more sustainable with things you already love or are already doing. Chances are there are steps you can take in your process to make things more efficient. Also, start as soon as possible, because we need sustainable solutions now more than ever.
5. What did you want to be when you were a child?
I wanted to be a spy in the CIA!
6. Biggest pet peeve relating to sustainability?
My biggest pet peeve is when projects avoid sustainable routes to cut costs, but don’t realize they will be paying for their choices in the long run.
7. What do you love to do when you aren’t working?
I love being outside and being active!
8. What positive changes do you hope to see in the industry over the next five years?
I hope to see sustainable building practices become the new normal in construction.