Staff Spotlight: Michelle Pyne
How would you describe your role at Global Green USA in five words?
Advance Sustainable Development through Pilot Projects
What is your biggest priority at Global Green right now?
My biggest priority is to complete the Holy Cross Project Community Development and Climate Action Center (CDCAC) in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. The CDCAC will offer community meeting space, a visitor center, small fresh food store, and office space for Global Green staff. The space will bring resources back to the Lower 9th Ward that have been absent since Hurricane Katrina (nine years ago!). In addition, the CDCAC will feature passive survivability features, including back up solar battery power, to be used when the utility grid is down.
What has been your biggest accomplishment at Global Green?
My biggest accomplishment has been in moving all three phases of the Holy Cross Project towards completion. The milestones include selling the LEED Platinum single family homes, breaking ground on the Community Development and Climate Action Center and obtaining letters of support for Phase III (an affordable multifamily building) from Mayor Landrieu, Senators Landrieu and Vitter, community organizations and Lower 9th Ward residents.
What do you hope to have accomplished by 2015?
By 2015 I hope to have the Holy Cross Project CDCAC up and running with programming to advance both local and national education about energy efficiency, green infrastructure and climate change.
What is your favorite thing about Global Green USA?
The Holy Cross Project! Global Green has made an incredible impact in rebuilding a more sustainable New Orleans. The HCP Visitor Center is a unique teaching tool that is able to engage residents, builders, developers, students and tourists in sustainable building.
Keep up with Michelle on twitter @mvpyne!