April 28 2021
From Commitment to Action: Our Sustainable Performance Group is Growing
Meet the team of experts who recently joined Entuitive from 3 Point Environmental
Last week, we welcomed four new experts to our Sustainable Performance Group at Entuitive, formerly of 3 Point Environmental, a Calgary-based green building consultancy with 30+ years of consulting experience. With the addition of our newest team members, we can now offer a full suite of sustainable consulting services to our clients.
The commitments to combat climate change from global leaders in Canada, the US, and the UK, among others, have recently been underscored by substantial investments to accelerate towards a sustainable built environment. In response, building codes are becoming increasingly stringent, and there is growing data to support the value and return on sustainable design.
We are thrilled to continue building this team and to take a leading role in working alongside our clients toward a more sustainable built environment. We asked Lindsey, Leanne, Kat, and Stephen to share a bit more about their passion for this work.
When it comes to addressing climate change, what do you see as the biggest opportunity for our industry to drive positive change?
“This is an interesting question. I bet many would expect me to say something provocative about reducing commutes, or energy use, but the biggest impact I see that we can do, is to reduce the amount of waste produced during the construction and demolition phases of our projects.
What can be fabricated off-site and transported with minimal packaging or with reusable packaging? What can be designed to be reused at the end of the project/building/bridge life? How can we design a building to be easily taken apart and recycled at the end of life instead of taking a wrecking ball to it and sending it all to the landfill?
These are the questions I would be asking to start the conversation on driving positive change in our designed world.”
“As a student of the Earth Sciences, I am interested to see how the planet will continue responding to all the wasteful and careless things humanity continues to do. I would bet on our highly resilient and adaptable planet to resolve things, before any anthropogenic ‘solution’ makes a difference.”
“I think being part of structural company is a tremendous asset for a sustainability group. Usually, structural gets going first, and that gives us a chance to be “early to the party” where we can be most effective.”
“Firstly, leading through example, and secondly, utilizing the company’s international scope to leverage being a forerunner in bringing European progressiveness to the Americas.”
What inspired you to pursue a career in Sustainable Building?
“It fell into my lap when I was the Environmental Specialist for Corporate Properties at the City of Calgary. I was responsible for managing the environmental impacts of our operations, and the biggest impacts came from the way we designed, built, managed, renovated, and decommissioned our 428 City buildings. The City launched their Sustainable Building Policy and suddenly I was in the midst of it all as the de-facto green building specialist, starting with the iconic Water Centre.”
“I believe that living harmoniously with nature is one of the great challenges we face as a species and it was only a few decades ago that we really began to understand this. I think the work in this field is just beginning and offers a lifetime’s worth of interesting and evolving work. I saw energy performance as the best way for me to get involved and the core skill I wanted to build on.”
“As a young woman I often found great satisfaction in ideas that were big, mystifying, and intelligent. My greatest experience was through two University of Calgary study abroad programs. The programs led me through Asia, Africa, and Europe and into a dozen counties whilst studying local sustainability along with human and physical geography. The structures I saw broadened my respect for human ingenuity and their capacity to build magnificent structures. The beauty in the landscapes and nature brought me great peace and comfort and the experience of both those things drew me to civil engineering and sustainability.”
Next up, we’ll share some of the team’s favourite projects from their extensive portfolio.
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