Meet Alicia Ravetto

September 21, 2011 at 10:55 am Leave a comment

Alicia Ravetto grew up in Argentina, a country not noted for environmental consciousness or energy-efficient design. She attended college for Architecture and remembered taking class in a hot, humid and uncomfortable building. Her newfound awareness of her stale environment brought her to take a concentration in Climate Focused Design, which set the tone for her professional career.

Alicia came to the United States as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue her graduate degree at UCLA. Alicia first came to North Carolina to work with Innovative Design in Raleigh, and for the last fourteen years she has owned her own firm in Carrboro. In both working for other architectural firms and as proprietor of her own practice, she has focused on active and passive solar energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability.

She first became acquainted with Judy Kincaid through Judy’s work with Triangle J Council of Governments. Judy hired her to do training on sustainability and they have been associated both professionally and personally for many years. This association has led to Alicia’s awareness of and involvement with Clean Energy Durham, which is in sync with her own environmental philosophy and goals. This motivated her to also become a 2030 Society Founder, supporting the Durham City and County goal of a 30% reduction in county greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.

Alicia has also become a consultant for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a certification program of the non-profit USGBC. Like many green builders/designers, Alicia is dismayed by the lack of interest in green design shown by much of the creative industry. She is keenly aware that in the United States this is partly a consequence of the availability of cheap energy, which has reduced the necessity for efficiency. Current events seem to indicate that this may change precipitously and soon.

–Profile by Clean Energy Durham Volunteer Martin Eagle

2030 Society members have pledged multi-year support and recognize Clean Energy Durham as a community leader helping the city and county reach their goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by the year 2030.

 

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