Women in Sustainable Design with Kira Gould – show 31

Studies show that women are more likely then men to support environmental causes through voting, activism and consumer choices. I am going to sound like a broken record here but we buy 85% of the consumer products on the planet. We hold in our hands the economic power to change the world. My guest, Kira Gould, is doing just that. She is the co-author of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design and her book is a poignant collection of stories and voices of women creating system-wide change in this movement.

In this show, we talk about the special qualities women have that make us prime candidates for carrying out what is needed on the planet today. Qualities such as consensus building and inclusiveness. Kira’s clear voice and grounded manner give me hope that what is needed now will be accomplished if we rally the forces of both women and men. How do we do that? According to Kira, “Keep communicating as frequently and effectively as possible about all the opportunities for ways to make change.”

How are you doing that in your community? Share it with us in the comment box.

Writer Kira Gould is Director of Communications for the architecture and community design firm William McDonough + Partners and works from its San Francisco studio. She is co-author, with Lance Hosey, of of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone Publishing, 2007). She has written for Metropolis magazine, Architectural Record, GreenSource, and other publications, and has spoken at Greenbuild, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention, West Coast Green, and other events. She was the 2007 chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment and co-author of its report on ecological literacy and architecture education. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son.

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