Sometimes when my kids make a mistake, they will say, “I didn’t mean to.” And I say, “I believe you, but did you mean not to?” And that question always gets them thinking a little bit harder about what they can do to avoid making the same mistake again. I think that’s how I “eco”, as well. It’s not good enough to say we didn’t mean to pollute the Earth. What we need to ask is…did we mean not to? And if we “mean not to” then we can be purposeful, thoughtful and determined in each decision we make.
Jill Buck – Founder of the Go Green Initiative
In the Charlotte office, we are trying to be purposeful and deliberate with our own Green Initiatives. We have continued the many practices started upon our early induction of our Green Team, but have placed an additional spin on our efforts in 2009. This year we are focusing on our clients, colleagues, and communities through the opportunities of education.
Some of these opportunities include helping to bring awareness and integration of the Go Green Initiative to our K-12 School Clients. The Go Green Initiative is a comprehensive environmental education program for schools which has been widely adopted in the western portion of United States but has remained undetected by a good portion of our clients in the South East. We are working with the GGI to find out how we, as architects, can best serve our clients and help them to tap into the many resources and programs available through the GGI.
Also, we are working on both an elementary school and middle/high school program helping to introduce sustainable practices to children in their daily lives at school as well as to start them thinking about how their actions now will affect their lives tomorrow. Indian Land Schools, part of the Lancaster County School District in South Carolina, is already on board with the importance of bringing sustainable awareness to their schools through their self started ECO program. Indian Land Elementary and High School will be our pilot schools for these programs.
Lastly, Our Green Team also hopes to one day be able to bring a LEED exam prep class to UNC Charlotte School of Architecture. We are still working with school administrators and our Richmond team of environmental analysts to find the best media and format in which to present such a class and hope that this can become a reality when the new testing format is established.