Global Green Room Staff Interview: Hagu Solomon

staff_haguMeet Hagu Solomon, the Green Urbanism Program Associate from our Santa Monica, CA, office. What would surprise our supporters about your work?

That it directly affects thousands of people as we influence how affordable housing units (numbering in the thousands) and sustainable neighborhoods are designed and constructed over multiple acres.

Who is your hero?

My hero is my dad!  He took hard work and dedication to another level. He started multiple successful business, some with an environmental twist, and despite overwhelming obstacles he recreated a quality life for friends and family in three countries spanning two continents. He was pretty smart!

What has been your greatest success at work?

Certifying the first and second LEED for Neighborhood Development (2009) pre-approved development plans in the nation, and only the third and fourth in the world, which will provide quality affordable and public housing for thousands of people once constructed.

What about a failure or challenge at work?

I've learned that it's a challenge to do a lot (i.e. move society towards a more sustainable future), with a small staff (there are only four of us in our department making all this magic happen). The silver lining is that I get exposure to many different projects and get to manage many projects.

1.  Ishmael because of the shift in perspective from the human point of view, and the gorilla as the teacher...what a great mental image!
2. Avatar because of that beautiful tree!
3. On a hike or a run and lounging in the sunshine.

Favorite book about the environment?

"Ishmael" because of the shift in perspective from the human point of view, and the gorilla as the teacher...what a great mental image!

Favorite green movie?

"Avatar" because of that beautiful tree!

Favorite way to spend a free day?

On a hike or a run and lounging in the sunshine.

If you had the power to make one global and green change, what would it be?

I would instill an awareness (maybe even guilt) in every person's subconscious so that they consider how every action they make affects global sustainability and economic inequality. I would also take half of all the cars on the planet off the roads and turn them into amazing public art pieces that inspire everyone!