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LISA FERRETTO

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SAY IT LOUD - MARYLAND Exhibitor
Maryland Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Changemakers - dedicated, passionate people in all sectors, not just architecture, working for positive change in Baltimore and the world - advocating for the enhancement of the health of our planet, communities, and people.

LISA FERRETTO

Bio:

The great designer, Lisa has been committed to sustainability from her first “eco-city” at 8 years old, to Portland, back to her hometown of Baltimore. She is a Principal, Architect, and Sustainability Director, consults on a variety of projects, and promotes the integration of sustainability and well-being through the design process. Lisa describes herself as an “urban scientist” studying interconnected systems of people with nature and cities. She is also currently a Baltimore City Sustainability Commissioner.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I didn’t have an official architecture class until high school but was devoted early. When I was 8, I designed an ecocity (unbuilt) -residential towers, parking underground, transit, parks, people, and crops on roofs “using the greenhouse effect.”

What do you do?

I am a Sustainability Director - consulting on projects and promoting integration of sustainability and well-being through the design process. I am also a Sustainability Commissioner overseeing the City’s Sustainability Plan through an Equity Lens.

What excites you in the work you do?

What most excites me about sustainability is its ability to make connections - from an individual person to the world. Also, in school design, the ability for the site and building to become learning opportunities and learning labs for the students.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Changemakers - dedicated, passionate people in all sectors, not just architecture, working for positive change in Baltimore and the world - advocating for the enhancement of the health of our planet, communities, and people.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

One moment was the Certification of Green Street, whose mission is to prepare scholars through a sustainability lens. The entire team was devoted to putting GSA/ West Baltimore on the map as the 2nd largest LEED Platinum school on the Planet!

Featured Project Name: 

Green Street Academy

Featured Project Location: 

Maryland

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2016

Role in Featured Project: 

Sustainability Director

 

Featured Project Description:

Green Street Academy (GSA) is a transformation of a former historic high school from near abandonment to a community anchor, inspiring students to imagine their careers through the prism of sustainability. Green Street achieved a LEED Schools Platinum certification, the highest rating achievable and ranks GSA in the top 4% of all schools. In fact, as of the date of certification, it is the second largest LEED v3 Schools Platinum project on the planet and the only one in Maryland and Baltimore!

Photography Credit:

©Tom Holdsworth