Anisa Baldwin Metzger | U.S. Green Building Council
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Anisa Heming

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Washington, DC

Anisa (Baldwin Metzger) Heming is director of the Center for Green Schools at
the U.S. Green Building Council. As the Center's director, Anisa provides
strategic direction to USGBC’s work in schools and coordinates an
organization-wide team to promote environmental sustainability, health and
wellness, and sustainability literacy in school systems around the world. She
began her work with USGBC ten years ago in New Orleans, hired to assist with
rebuilding the schools after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. During her two
years with the city’s Recovery School District, she established green
design and construction standards, received an EPA grant to hire an indoor
air quality manager for the schools, completed a public-private partnership
to install solar PV on school roofs, began a recycling pilot program, and
laid the foundation for the district's energy management program. She later
brought this experience to Washington, D.C. to begin begin the nation's first
network of school district sustainability staff and found the Green Schools
Fellowship Program to place and train sustainability directors in school
districts.

Anisa’s areas of expertise include sustainability policy and
implementation, school district operations, the application of green building
rating systems, and disaster resilience and planning (particularly, in a
schools context). She has worked directly with dozens of schools and school
districts, both domestically and internationally, to implement greener
design, construction, and operations strategies.

In 2014, Anisa was named in a list of the "Most Powerful Women in
Sustainability" by Green Building and Design Magazine. She is a Little Rock
native and holds a B.S. in Architecture from Washington University in St.
Louis and an M. Arch. from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Recent speaking engagements include:

In July 2018, moderated a Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill entitled
'Schools as Resilience Infrastructure: New Opportunities to Strengthen
Disaster Preparedness' for the Congressional Green Schools Caucus.

In July 2018, moderated a panel for the American Institute of Architects
Students leadership conference, entitled 'Green Building in the Real World:
Holding the Line on Building a Better World.'

In July 2018, taught a day-long workshop for K-12 teachers through the
Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “Chesapeake Classrooms” program. The course
brought forward lessons that educators can use to teach sustainability
concepts through the built environment and was called 'Platinum City: Design
for a Sustainable Future.'

In May 2018, interviewed for a two-part feature on the “Leadership and the
Environment” podcast series.