More Than a Pretty Face: Beth Galante

Age: 40

Location: New Orleans

Marital status: Married

Notable quote: "It's hard to get people to focus on the long-term impact of building when all they care about is having someplace — anyplace — to live."

In the months following Hurricane Katrina, Beth Galante left behind a successful career in law and joined forces with Global Green USA, a national environmental organization working to rebuild New Orleans in an eco-friendly and energy-efficient way. Galante, now head of the local Global Green office, says things are off to a good start — last year, architecture buff Brad Pitt signed on to help sponsor and judge their competition for the best new green-housing design in New Orleans. Galante talks with MC.

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Q: From lawyer to advocate — how did that happen?

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Q: That seems reasonable. But some people resisted. Why?

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Q: And so worrying about whether it's a green building is not a priority.

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Q: Global Green is based in California. Don't they have their own issues to worry about?

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Q: What do you remember most about Katrina?

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Go to globalgreen.org to learn how you can join Global Green USA and help stem global climate change through the creation of green buildings and cities.

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