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.
Q: From lawyer to advocate — how did that happen?
Q: That seems reasonable. But some people resisted. Why?
Q: And so worrying about whether it's a green building is not a priority.
Q: Global Green is based in California. Don't they have their own issues to worry about?
Q: What do you remember most about Katrina?
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.