Green Building Alliance is excited to announce the winners of our membership drive raffle, Laura Almendinger, Belinda Nuth Sloboda, and Jeff Burd! Winners received gift certificates from Monmade to shop from a selection of Greater Pittsburgh area producers of specialty goods. We reached out to them to ask about what they value most in their GBA membership.
Laura Almendinger, a mechanical engineer with a focus in sustainability, won the grand prize of a $500 certificate. Laura continues to renew her membership to support GBA’s community impact and networking opportunities, noting that she particularly values our “tremendous efforts in the community, the quality programs and educational opportunities they provide, and the network of amazing people that they connect me with, including those at GBA, other members, and many more talented, motivated individuals in our area.”
Belinda Nuth Sloboda, a certified interior and kitchen designer, won the $250 prize. Belinda also appreciates GBA’s community initiatives and educational opportunities, highlighting training and community outreach as what she most values about GBA. As a participant in one of our LEED Green Associate exam prep classes she notes, “It was very helpful and helped me to focus on what to study.” As an Interior Design professor she has brought students to our office tours on Tuesday evenings, where she observed, “Everyone was very pleasant to my students every time we were toured. It helped to strengthen the students’ interest towards sustainability in the design world.”
Jeff Burd, founder and editor of BreakingGround magazine, won the $150 certificate. Jeff is one of the leading experts in publishing for the construction industry. He has been in the business of construction information since 1981, and his publications provide invaluable real estate market information to the region. Jeff’s membership aligns his professional experience with the goals of the GBA in supporting the Greater Pittsburgh community of designers, developers, and builders with the expertise to create a higher-performing built environment.
We are thrilled to see our member community continue to grow to include more people like Laura, Belinda, and Jeff who use their talents to build a sustainable future for our region. Thank you to all those who participated in the membership drive for your ongoing support. GBA and our prize winners would especially like to thank Monmade and Bridgeway Capital’s Craft Business Accelerator for their participation and the opportunity to support local businesses through our membership drive raffle.