Author: Emma Kapp, Publisher of PRISM

Q&A with Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

To achieve a truly sustainable built environment, organizations such as the DVGBC are driving the green building movement in local communities across the country. The DVGBC is working diligently to get everyone on board, provide forums in which to share best practices and promote the importance of green building and sustainability. PRISM was given the opportunity to ask Katie Bartolotta, Policy and Program Manager, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, questions about their current green buildings programs as well as their goals to further sustainability in the built environment in this region.

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Happy new year!

As we end 2016, PRISM marks the close of its first year as an online publication for the architectural built environment. As publisher of PRISM, I am truly grateful for the all of the editorial support we have received from our contributors — from building material manufacturers to architect and design firms. Maybe it’s my age, but I tend to reflect at the close of each year. Part of this reflection included a look at the articles which received the most views. Just curious to see what our readers enjoyed the most. Much to my delight “New healing green...

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Don’t just dip your toes in the water

I received this press release yesterday and wanted to publish this as gender equality is something for which we women still strive.  Kim Wright is an example of the strides women have made in a once predominantly male dominated world, and also a role model to younger women who might be hesitant to dip their toes into the building world. Words of wisdom women: don’t just hang your feet over the edge, jump in! Wright Commissioning Certified as a Minority Business Enterprise University City firm well-positioned for government projects Philadelphia (April 2016) — Wright Commissioning, the Philadelphia region’s only independent building commissioning firm, has been certified as a Minority Business Enterprise by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Eastern Division. The MBE certification makes the firm eligible for various civic, municipal and government projects. “As a woman and a double minority, I’m pleased with the certification and am hopeful that it will enhance the success of our business,” said Kim Wright, CEO, a Hispanic- and Asian-American. “But it continues to be true that many woman and minority-owned businesses have a long way to go to achieve revenues on par with male and non-minority owned firms.” To qualify for MBE certification, a business must be 51% owned, operated and controlled by a member of an identified minority group. The business must be a for-profit enterprise that physically resides in the...

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Most read in July

Theodore Lee, ASLA, PLA SITES AP, LEED AP, BD+C. Landscape architects Theodore Lee and Trygve Hansen of HGA, among first to earn SITES AP credential The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) is the first program of its kind to offer a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable land development and management. SITES aligns land development and management with innovative sustainable design—defining what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment.

Photo above: Theodore Lee, ASLA, PLA SITES AP, LEED AP, BD+C. Landscape architects Theodore Lee and Trygve Hansen of HGA, among first to earn SITES AP credential.

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