Our buildings use a tremendous amount of greenhouse gas emissions because of the materials used and the construction process in their operation, renovation, and even demolition. Buildings typically last for generations, so their design, functionality, and operation present opportunities for drawdown. The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is located at the heart of the Georgia Institute of Technology. It is world-renowned as a working sustainable building model, generating more electricity than it uses, harvesting rainwater, and demonstrating the possibilities of climate-smart buildings. Steve Place is a Horticulturalist II, an immigrant, and former first-generation college student working at the Kendeda Building. Steve is using his passion for land use and agriculture to be part of climate solutions. The Kendeda Building, used for teaching students who represent a variety of disciplines, not only reduces the carbon footprint at Georgia Tech but also serves as a living laboratory—instilling the importance of interdisciplinary problem solving that will drive innovation, just solutions, and inspire climate hope for generations of leaders to come.
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—Tuesday, November 15, 2022