On the Spot: Lisa Meier

THE PERFECT CITY WOULD HAVE
Clean air, clear water, renewable energy, green grass, and trees.

THE NEXT BIG IDEA WILL COME FROM
Our children.

TOPIC IF YOU WERE ASKED TO GIVE A TED TALK
The power of passion: follow it.

BUILDING YOU WOULD SAVE IF THE WORLD WAS GOING TO END
Not a building, but a monument—the Statue of Liberty because it’s a universal symbol of freedom and liberty and was a gift of friendship.

A CENTURY FROM NOW, HUMANITY WILL
Collectively prioritize safe food and water to feed the masses.

WAY TO MAKE THE ENVIRONMENT A NON-PARTISAN ISSUE
Start with a non-partisan approach. Together pick the topic and agree to attack it.

BUILDING TREND YOU HOPE WILL NEVER GO OUT OF FASHION
Classic Architecture

SOCIAL MEDIA, HELPING OR HURTING?
Helping to spread a useful message, when the message/topic is supported with the correct facts/science and you are targeting the appropriate audience

MOST MEMORABLE MENTOR OR TEACHER
Robert Giordano for whom I worked when I first started out my career. He made you push the boundaries of what you thought was possible.

FAVORITE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Walking.

HARSHEST CRITICISM YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED
To hold back on my enthusiasm for a given topic. It can lead a team to conclusions.

INDUSTRY JARGON YOU WOULD BAISH
Overly complicated industry acronyms.

WASTEFUL HABBIT YOU’RE TRYING TO KICK
Insomnia.

MOST COMPELLING ARGUMENT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
We only have one planet—we want it and its resources to be available to our children and our children’s children.

GREATEST PROFESSIONAL PET PEEVE
Calling a meeting that concludes with the action to hold another meeting. Just make a decision.

YOUR PERSONAL DEFINITION OF SUSTAINABILITY
Convservation

ENVIRONMENTAL COME-TO-JESUS MOMENT
Understanding the effects our actions could be having on the health of our children.

THE BOLDEST IDEA IN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
Aiming beyond just net-zero to net-positive in terms of sustainability.

MOST MEANINGFUL PROJECT YOU’VE COMPLETED
All of our initiatives to help raise awareness of bad air quality—in particular, air quality in schools, as it affects our children.

PUBLICATION YOU HOPE WILL NEVER DIE
National Geographic; my daughter can’t wait for the next month’s publication to arrive.

MOST FULFILLING HOBBY
Traveling with my family.

ONE QUESTION INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS SHOULD ALWAYS BE ASKING THEMSELVES
Have I done enough to make an impact?

MOST COMMON GREEN MYTH
Green is more expensive and it probably doesn’t work as well.

CAUSE YOU’D SUPPORT IF YOU HAD A BILLION DOLLARS
Education—investing in science.

CURRENT PROJECT YOU’RE MOST EXCITED ABOUT
Supply chain transparency initiatives with some of our biggest clients

MOST IMPACTFUL EXPERIENCEIN NATURE
No lights, no cars, and silence deep in the canyons and looking up at the stars in the middle of the night—so bright you can hardly focus.

THE THOUGHT OR IDEA THAT CENTERS YOU
What my children have to look forward to.

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