The urgency of climate change these days necessitates action from all of us to move toward a more sustainable future. After all, where we live, work and play has a deep impact on our health and well-being, as well as the future of planet Earth.
Our buildings, communities and cities all impact the legacy we leave for the next generation. We need to persevere as activators of this movement in continuing to raise awareness about sustainable living, to leave a useful legacy.
What comes next?
The next frontier in sustainability education involves creating this legacy through our own actions. It involves consistently working as catalysts, reaching more people than ever to set sustainable choices at an all-time high, and inspiring people to heal our planet while also healing ourselves.
USGBC education provides extensive guidance on a variety of sustainability-related topics in online, on-demand formats. In addition, USGBC Faculty tirelessly work to deliver in-person education to ensure all people live better while our planet continues to thrive.
Advancing sustainability through Faculty leadership
The USGBC Faculty are a team of educators around the globe with deep technical expertise in many sustainability disciplines, as well as a broad range of teaching experience across various learning levels. Participation in this program enables qualified sustainability educators to help advance their work by providing them with USGBC-approved materials and up-to-date information.
Read what five of our current USGBC Faculty have to say about the most important issues in sustainability today, how they raise awareness and who has inspired them over the years.
Samhita is Managing Director of Ela Green Buildings and Infrastructure Consultants Pvt. Ltd. in Chennai, India.
Help people understand that sustainability leads to a positive bottom line.
The most important issue is educating people that going the green way is not necessarily more expensive. The building industry needs to be more aware of the integrated design approach and its benefits. I cover more case study-based sessions in my programs, stressing the need for a holistic approach in the design phase.
Stelmack is a Principal and Sustainable Design Consultant with Inspirit LLC in Louisville, Colorado.
Focus on health and wellness, while meeting people where they are.
Human health and wellness have taken a leading role in the built environment.
My inspiration comes from the diversity in the USGBC community, my family and being in nature. I love learning from fellow Faculty members and volunteers, Greenbuild attendees, USGBC staff and the community at large—plus the countless ecoprenuers, like Janine Benyus, Samuel Mockbee, Deepak Chopra, Amal Clooney, Steve Badanes, Hunter Lovins, Stacy Glass and more.
Goldman, at Consultora Goldman, is a senior green building consultant in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Be an influencer, using knowledge to guide trends.
A problem that we have is excessive consumption. As individuals, we are obliged to take responsibility. As an educator, I feel I am influencing other people to help make better buildings, spaces, cities and communities.
I was inspired by Mary McBride, Ph.D., director of the design management program at the Pratt Institute, and by Victor Papanek.
Dominguez is CEO of 3Lotus Consulting Mexico in Mexico City.
Help the community identify local costs and impact to prompt action.
Lack of interest and awareness is a problem. How do you advance things in this area, as USGBC Faculty? By explaining current results in climate change with local examples, not only international ones, and also explaining the consequences.
For 11 years, in this community, seeing my peers working hard for a common goal has been my greatest inspiration.
Moschini is a Principal, Architect and Sustainability Consultant at Macro Design Studio Srl in Rovereto, Italy.
Engage the stakeholders and build the sustainability team.
Sustainability should be integrated into every project. As an architect, I think there shouldn’t be a difference between sustainable projects and not-sustainable projects, but only good projects where the “green” aspects are already integrated in the design.
As a stakeholder, I think the market should move in this direction. As USGBC Faculty, I teach that a project is always complex, but that this complexity should be managed with multiple areas of knowledge, where each professional is expert in their respective role, and a good project is the result of a good teamwork.
Working with owners who believe in sustainability, and with whom it has been possible to reach important goals, has been a great satisfaction.
Further, the industrial producers and manufacturers who decide to start a sustainability process and invest technical and economic resources become drivers of change in their sector.
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