The Tables are Turned – Erin McKee of Next Project Studio Gets the Scoop on How the Green Gab Started
Today things are a little bit different, still at the St. Louis home and garden show with special guest Erin McKee with Next Project Studio. Next Project Studio is an award-winning design-build firm in St. Louis. Today instead of Marla and Tony interviewing Erin, Erin is interviewing Marla and Tony.
Where does your passion for sustainability come from?
Tony has a degree in economics from St. Louis University, from where he feels as if he lucked in the industry, not by choice but when he was finishing up with school, he had a job working for a company called Organized Living. Part-time job, building furniture but when he was done with college he happened to get a management job with them and enjoyed the fact he didn’t have to wear a tie every day. Along the way he got discovered as an interior designer, you could tell him your vision of your room and within 10 min he could have it done. He was also in the custom cabinetry industry and had customers come in and say they had allergies to the glues, formaldehyde etc. So they had to experiment with different materials and from there right when he was starting to get into the HBA and the Green Building Council just got started and joined that as well and found his nitch. Since then Tony has been working on his Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management has a certificate in Energy Management and Emerging Technologies. He enjoys learning more about sustainability from an academic view, but his biggest goal is to use his intellectual abilities to find better ways to use limited resources. It’s all about the search for the next technology. As long as the conversation is what the past was, the future will never be.
A Green Gab Podcast – Recorded Live at the St. Louis Home & Garden Show
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