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Focused on green building news and issues in our area, The Green Building Hour brings you information on LEED and the innovative green building strategies moving Louisiana forward.  We feature the work of local design professionals and environmental leaders, as well as keep you up to date on chapter events and community activities.

Green Building Radio Hour 2015 Podcasts.  Click on the date to listen.

December 12, 2015

Taking a Peek at the Sustainability Behind the Scenes at Some of Our Area’s Greatest Outdoor Adventures. 

With family and friends headed our way for the holidays, why not visit some great outdoor spots in our area?  Enjoy the fresh air and some natural habitat unique to South Louisiana and learn about what is being done to preserve it. We’re talking to John Fallon with the GULF program about sustainable fishing, Amanda Moore with the National Wildlife Federation about two hot spots to see swamp critters, and Meg Adams with City Park.


November 14, 2015

Building Resiliency on the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast doesn’t end at the Louisiana-Mississippi border.  We host guests John Anderson (Principal Unabridged Architecture in Bay St. Louis, MS), Sally Zahner (Chair of USGBC Mississippi & architect at Shafer Architecture, Columbia, MS), and David Perkes (Director of Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, Biloxi, MS) to discuss what is happening across Mississippi and to discuss how they are approaching resiliency and reducing our exposure to future risks.  


October 10, 2015

It's fall and we're talking Beer, Booze, and Hot Sauce!

We’re discussing what corporate sustainability means to Parish Beer, Louisiana Spirits (Bayou Rum), and Tabasco and how these three Louisiana companies are trying to reduce their impact on our environment. Hear how the Parish Beer’s popular Canebreak brew has fueled the company’s quick rise to the top of the local brewing scene.  We talk to John Simmons, the great-great-great grandson of Edmond McIlhenny about how the family tradition includes a commitment to Louisiana’s diminishing wetlands. 


September 12, 2015

Remembering Katrina Part 2:  Ten Years After the Storm

What has changed about the way we build houses and buildings ten years after Hurricane Katrina?  We explore that question with guests, Prisca Weems (City of New Orleans), Paula Peer (Trapolin Peer Architects) and John Anderson (Unabridged Architecture).  Hear about how these business owners responded to the storm and how decisions made 10 years ago affect the way we build today.  We will discuss how building codes, historic preservation efforts, and environmental and culture awareness have contributed to rebuilding the places we call home.

August 8, 2015

Remembering Katrina

Description is: It has been a decade since Hurricane Katrina changed our lives forever.  Join us when we talk to Lt. General Russel Honore’, Commander of Joint Task Force Katrina.  Hear how his experiences following the hurricane convinced this seasoned disaster responder that making Louisiana a greener, more sustainable state was destined to be his next mission. 

We will also talk to Mary Beth Romig, Communications Director for NORA and the New Olean’s Resilience Team, and Nicole Ferrini, Chief Resilience Officer for San Antonio about how we can be bettered prepared for the shocks and stressors we will face in the future.

July 11, 2015

Benchmarking -- A Tool Driving Energy Efficiency

On this week’s show we discuss a measure from the 2015 Legislative Session, House Concurrent Resolution 213, encouraging all state owned and operated buildings to benchmark energy usage.  We will discuss benchmarking as an energy efficiency tool, what it is, the process of developing benchmarking policies, and what can be learned from the collected data.  We will look at benchmarking efforts in New Orleans and hear from a national policy maker about what is happening around the country.  Our guests will be State Representative Stephen Ortego, Architect Jacob Dunn with Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, and Julie Hughes, Policy Director from the Institute for Market Transformation in Washington, DC.


June 13, 2015

Preparing the Next Generation of Green Professionals

The world is changing at a rapid pace.  Every day, the news brings a new call to action.  How will Louisiana tackle the environmental, economic, and social challenges ahead?   We will be talking to Geoff Gjertson, Professor of Architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette about how the ULL experience is giving students real world green building experience.  He will be joined by Gretchen Vanicor, a graduate of the ULL Architecture School and ULL's first Director of Sustainability. Casius Pealer, Director of Tulane's Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development Program, will share that program's mission and how their graduates are driving innovation and change across the country.  MSRED graduate, Tyler Antrup will discuss his new position as Senior Stormwater Planner for the City of New Orleans. 


May 9, 2015

Greening Louisiana's Schools

Green Schools are the cornerstones of healthy, vibrant communities.  And every child deserves to go to a school that enhances their learning experiences.  WHERE WE LEARN MATTERS.  We are celebrating USGBC Louisiana's Green Schools Challenge Award Winning Schools and talking to National experts about just how important green schools are.  We are joined by Erin Ryerson our Green Schools Committee Chair, Hammond Junior High teacher Alicia Deffes, and Elizabeth Dyer, an architect and Green Schools Mentor.  We will also welcome Dr. Jennifer Seydel, Executive Director of the Green Schools National Network , and Emily Riordan with the USGBC Center for Green Schools.


April 11, 2015

Restoring Louisiana’s Coast

Billions of dollars have been spent rebuilding our coastline and making it more resilient.  A healthy cost is critical to the sustainability of communities across the state.  We will explore both environmental and human resiliency and talk about what decision makers need to know to build a stronger future. We are talking to Scott Kirkpatrick of The Coast Builders Coalition, Camille Manning Broome with the Center for Planning Excellence, and Robin Barnes from GNO, Inc.  We will discuss the very recent study released by CPEX, The View  from the Coast.


MARCH 14, 2015

Greening Louisiana's Economy

We're exploring Louisiana's growing green economy with Chris Schmidt from LSU's Division of Economic Development, Scott Poole, Chairman of Louisiana's Forestry Commission, Joey Ruiz with Citadel Builders, and Scott Kirkpatrick of the Coast Builders Coalition. Hosted by Andrew Liles and Shannon Stage.


FEBRUARY 14, 2015

Greening Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras!  Joining today's show will be Craig Johnson with Krewe du Vieux, Matt Hedrick with the Krewe of Endymion, and Nicole Blair with ARC of Greater New Orleans.  We will hear how krewes are making efforts to be more sustainable and how ARC is providing its clients with working wages recycling Mardi Gras beads.  Hosted by Andrew Liles and Shannon Stage.


JANUARY 10, 2015

Cutting Your Home Energy Costs

It's Cut Your Energy Costs Day!  We're talking to Alex Scott Senior Program Director, CLEAResult New Orleans.  Alex will be talking about the EnergySmart program and the tax incentives available for homeowner to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes.  Hosted by Andrew Liles and Shannon Stage.


Older Podcasts

December 13, 2014
LEED for Neighborhood Development. Featuring Colleen Butler or Bayou Land, Ken Potts of Gensler and the USGBC National Board of Directors, Michelle Pyne of Global Green, and Matthew Morrin of Enterprise Homes, Inc. Hosted by Jolie Lemoine and Paul Baricos.

November 8, 2014
Featuring Professor Geoff Gjertson of UL Lafayette, Prisca Weems of FutureProof, Mac Ball of Waggonner and Ball Architects. Hosted by Jolie Lemoine and Paul Baricos.

October 11, 2014
Greenbuild 2014! Featuring interviews with Kimberly Lewis, USGBC National, Mary Katherine Bruce of Landis Construction and Allison Bowler of Ben Franklin High School, Mihnea Dobre of Tulane University, and Paul O'Connell of the Morial Convention Center. Hosted by Jolie Lemoine and Kevin Fitzwilliam.

September 13, 2014
Featuring interviews with Z Smith of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Matthew Hedrick of Republic Services, and John Thompson of Thompson Building Energy Services. Hosted by Jolie Lemoine and Kevin Fitzwilliam.

August 9, 2014
Featuring interviews with Karen Alice and Chris Reed of Edna Karr High School, Jodie Manale of New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Realtors, and Buck Abbey of the LSU Landscape Architecture Department. Hosted by Jolie Lemoine and Kevin Fitzwilliam.

July 12, 2014
Featuring interviews with Amanda Rivera of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, High School Senior Ashleigh Jones of New Orleans Science and Mathematics High School, and Stephen Ritz of the Green Bronx Machine. Hosted by Jolie Lemoine and Kevin Fitzwilliam.

April 26, 2014
Featuring interview with Jolie Lemoine of USGBC Louisiana and host Kevin Fitzwilliam.

December 7, 2013
Featuring interview with Maureen Missavage of St. George's Episcopal School, Erin Ryerson of Verges Rome Architects, and Jolie Lemoine of USGBC Louisiana on the Louisiana Green Schools Challenge. Hosted by Kevin Fitzwilliam.