The year 2020 marks the beginning of a consequential decade. The time for climate action is more pressing than at any point in history. Indifference is no longer an option. Apathy, as we have already seen, will lead us down an irreversible path. To affect the necessary change, everyone will need to get involved. 

In this new year, we’re taking a closer look at how sustainability champions first began their journeys in environmental action and how they continue their work today. 

Just as every hero has an origin story, or “Storigin,” so too do the champions of the green building community. By sharing their beginnings, we hope to encourage others to think about their own Storigins, why they were first inspired to act, and how their own unique backgrounds can help solve today’s mounting environmental obstacles. 

What first inspired you to act? How can your journey help solve today’s mounting environmental obstacles?

What is your Storigin? 

Gina LaMotte, EcoRise

Jerry Tinianow, City of Denver

David Bluestone, ClearPath Strategies

Jennifer Dowd, National Wildlife Federation

Kevin Bright, City of Rochester, MN

Mayor Michael Hancock, City of Denver

Rami Vagal, Mohawk Group

Frank Niepold, NOAA

Jaimie Cloud, Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education

Paul Hutton, Cunningham Group Architecture

Vince Meldrum, Earth Force
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Marshall Gobuty, Pearl Homes