By Darin Bernstein (C21)
The PGS Green Build student club is back this semester with new leadership and new ideas. Our new co-chairs are Courtney Condon (C19), Ny-Ann Nolasco (C18), Bo Han, and myself, Darin Bernstein (C21). Our focus will be to provide career building opportunities, informational sessions and community outreach to the green building ecosystem.
Last residency, we hosted our first event with a guest speaker from the global design firm Gensler. Erin Cubbison, a registered architect and a Regional Sustainable Design Leader with over 6 years of experience, has Masters degrees in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley. She provided us with an overview of the landscape of global green building rating systems including LEED, Living Building Challenge, One Planet Communities and WELL.
Our next project will be working with Green Communities Initiatives, a green building certification process for affordable housing, to organize a tour of Hayes Valley to see housing projects with a local architecture firm and host a talk at a neighborhood establishment afterwards about the impact of affordable housing in the city.
Possible future plans include getting involved with urban farms. The Hayes Valley Farm, which the city had an interim contract with community volunteers to revive abandoned piece of land, utilized permaculture practice to revive the land. Click here to look at the legacy projects that followed. Click here to look at the legacy projects that followed.
If you would like to get involved with the PGS Green Build club, email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Darin Bernstein is a first year full-time MBA candidate. He enjoys the great outdoors, live music and good beer.