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As a mom-to-four, she has committed herself to Building a Better Future and she really believes Our Future is in Better Buildings… As a professional, Tracie Hall has been involved in the non-profit sector for over thirty years. In March 2006, Hall was named Green Building Advocate of the Year at the NYS Green Building Conference, then in September 2006 she accepted her role as Executive Director for the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter. Her passion for green building and sustainable design was fueled through her involvement in a project that became the first LEED® certified building in Syracuse. Her mission is to bring educational programming and advocacy outreach to the large geographic region the Chapter encompasses (53 counties in NYS). She is dedicated to accelerating change and helping to shape the future of green building practices. Recently she was elected to the U.S. Green Building Council Chapter Steering Committee to represent the perspective of all small Chapters. As a proud alumna of the State University College at Buffalo, she spends much of her time on the highways and byways of New York State, preaching the gospel of green and speaking about sustainability. She and her husband (her favorite LEED AP BD+C) now have an empty nest except for a Jack Russell, Kiwi, and two turtles, Spot and Dot.