GBBN's Plogsted Elected To Chair Position

Andrew Plogsted, LEED AP BD+C, and a leader of GBBN's sustainable group has been elected Chair of the Schools Member Circle for the Cincinnati Regional Chapter of the United States Green Build Council (USGBC).

A firm Associate, Plogsted joined GBBN first as a co-op from the University of Cincinnati in 1994. In 2002, after completing graduate school at Miami University, Plogsted joined the firm full time, and has been involved mostly in education-related projects ranging from K-12 for Cincinnati Public Schools, to higher education institutions, such as The Ohio State University.

According to Plogsted the most rewarding thing about being a part of this committee is that all of its members are connected to schools at various levels, from teachers to engineers to facilities directors. "Working with such a broad spectrum of people allows us to get a real good view of how best to engage schools, school districts and the state's department of education" said Plogsted.

Plogsted has a lot of goals for his one-year-term as Chair. "I hope to see the group engage more with the schools and their leadership," he said. "First through education, providing some green industry knowledge by tapping into all the intelligent minds we have on the Schools Member Circle. Secondly, through inspiration." Plogsted added, "By showing faculty, students and district leaders that sustinability doesn't mean doing without -- it means doing things better, smarter, more efficient." He hopes that educators will be intrigued by the concept and look for fresh ideas, as well as students who are thirsting for interesting content.

Together with vice chair, Gordon Schweitzer of Heapy Engineering in Dayton, Plogsted hopes to inspire today's kids who will be the ones to make a real difference for our future on this planet. "Keeping them educated about sustainability and keeping them excited about being earth-conscious people are the two most important things we can do through this group," said Plogsted.

The Schools Member Circle's vision is "to educate our community as well as our state and local government on sustainability as it relates to educational facilities. To not only provide a focus on energy and efficiencies in new building technology, but to also provide a focus on the effects these buildings have on the health of our students, their learning environment and the overall planet. We strive to continue to promote working together as engineers, architects, educational staff and students to make a difference for future generations."