I cannot recall exactly when I became what some may lovingly call a treehugger. Maybe it was passed down from my nature-loving father, who rainwater harvested at our creaky old Carrick home before rainwater harvesting was a thing. Maybe it was during the endless hours of studying for my LEED exam right after graduating from the Art Institute. I also recall a heated argument, during that season of my life, with the bartender at Jacks in the South Side about recycling their beer bottles.
“GBA understands the urgency of protecting our planet, and as a member, I’ve found a community of fellow boundary-pushers.”
Fast forward a decade later, and I have dedicated my career in interior design to finding sustainable solutions. It’s challenging and creative and not always the most popular approach. But just when I need an extra push, an email from GBA pops into my Inbox with a dose of informative articles, or I attend an event at a totally unique and inspiring location. GBA understands the urgency of protecting our planet, and as a member, I’ve found a community of fellow boundary-pushers. So endless thanks for keeping this working mom hopeful for a better future, for cleaner air and water, and for more intelligent solutions to living harmoniously with nature.
Michael Baker International
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