Get to know USGBC Pro Reviewer Olga G. Alvarez
USGBC Pro Reviewers are experts in green building and sustainability who review courses on Education @USGBC. They provide detailed feedback to the course creators, as well as reviews on the course page. This feedback helps the course creators improve their education and helps other users decide whether or not the course is a good fit for them.
Meet our USGBC Pro Reviewer Olga G. Alvarez
What's your name?
Who's your employer?
What's your position?
What's your favorite course that you've reviewed?
What kind of activities are you involved in to continue learning and support your professional development?
My professional development includes many things besides actual "hands-on" experience of working on LEED projects. I've attended every Greenbuild since 2007. I've also had the opportunity to be a green building strategies instructors for the technical schools in my district doing workforce development. Recently, I added EBOM Accreditation to my professional certifications and I'm always searching for new information on green and sustainable technologies.
What sustainability topic are you most excited about?
Being an interior designer, the topic that excites me the most is the development of interior materials that affect our health and indoor air quality. It's been very exciting to see how the industry has changed and the emergence of new technologies. There are now making a wide variety of better products and materials with more "natural" ingredients and less toxic components.
What's your most valuable tip or advice in regards to sustainability, green building or LEED?
Sustainability is what will help future generations endure. It's important to consider the resources that affect our survival, as well as our health and well-being. The LEED process is an important part of this concept because it created a market transformation within the building industry that brought attention to many of these important issues.
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