Global Green Room Staff Interview: D. Adrian Manriquez

staff_adrian_mMeet D. Adrian Manriquez, NOLA Wise Program Associate in our New Orleans office. What would surprise us about your work?

I spend most of my time administering Salesforce. I don't find most of my work surprising. What do you think I do? That might help to surprise you.

Who is your hero?

Carl Sagan or Neil Degrasse Tyson. I like physicists, in particular of the astronomical variety, because they inspire me to continue to learn and to remember that we all spend our entire lives in "a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam," to quote Sagan. It's sobering stuff, and yet it calls us to live fully and totally in the time here and keep perspective.

What has been your greatest success?

Well, we're a new program, so we've got a lot of challenges and a lot of little successes. At this point, getting my weekly reports to pull correctly sends me home with a smile on my face. That and getting a contract signed that keeps one of our guys working.

What about a failure or challenge?

Our biggest challenge was relying on an IT solution and program design that came from outside our office. We constantly work with other entities and some are structurally less effective than we need. By facing these challenges, we've been able to grow stronger, and I think we will be able to offer Louisiana a better model for Home Performance Contracting.

Favorite green book?

"The Web of Life" by Fritjof Capra -- and anything by Fritjof Capra. I love this book because it reminds us how interconnected the world is, and how systems can change suddenly given the right inputs.

Favorite green movie?

"Fern Gully." I don't even know why anyone has to explain this. There's a listless New Yorker, Robin Williams as a bat, and evil corporations being defeated.

Favorite way to spend a free day?

Biking around town, with literally nothing else to do. Just seeing and hearing and listening.

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

Such a difficult question! With "green" being such an interactive field, how could one change make a difference if it wasn't coupled with a half a dozen other changes? I think limiting paid work to 30 hours a week would be a great first step. Being busy is resource-intensive. I could take a train if I had enough time off work, I could garden organically, I could make music and culture -- and we all could be more connected to the world around us.