More Than a Pretty Face: Beth Galante
By Erin Duggan
Q: And so worrying about whether it's a green building is not a priority.
A: Exactly. It's hard to advocate for a more thoughtful building process when the immediate response is to just throw something anything up. It's hard to explain that utility rates will continue to go through the roof because of poorly constructed, energy-inefficient buildings or that the quality is too poor to withstand the next hurricane. That's just not as compelling as, "My God, I need a house."
Q: Global Green is based in California. Don't they have their own issues to worry about?
A: New Orleans has become the poster child for so many things: arguably the first city affected by global warming; a reminder that our government is not prepared for disasters. And, as the largest rebuilding in U.S. history, hopefully it will be a model for how to successfully redo a city's infrastructure.
Q: What do you remember most about Katrina?
A: The chaos. My husband and I left on Sunday for a friend's house about an hour away. We had our car and cat there wasn't much else we could take. I had a bad feeling about the storm. Saturday night before we evacuated, we went to one of our favorite oyster houses, walked around, and just looked at everything, thinking there was a chance it would only be a memory after that. I needed to go and say good-bye.
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