Environmental Scientist Sustainability Advocate/Enthusiast Sustainable Energy Manager
Our current standards of living have become harmful to the planet we call home. Much of this has to do with the energy supplies we're reliant on (namely fossil fuels), and how we use/abuse the energy we make. For instance, North Americans spend, on average, 90% of their lives indoors, inside buildings. Around the world, buildings account for up to 50% of greenhouse gas emissions, and use up 54% of our produced energy. With the global population increasing on a daily basis, and the majority of people moving into urban environments, it's easy to see that we need to make a change. We are constantly building new structures, without consideration of the efficiency of energy or resources being used. Often, products used to build and finish homes and buildings are not only unsustainable, but chemically-laden and harmful to human health. My mission is to spread the word of sustainability and energy efficiency. One way to do this is by helping reduce the impacts of building structures, new and old, on the environment and on human health. By committing to the use of more sustainable and natural products, as well as by using more energy efficient practices and appliances, we can start to build a stronger, and more sustainable future. I hope to achieve this through public education and consulting, outreach programs, retrofitting existing buildings and helping to design sustainable new ones.