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Interviews with Green Building Professionals: Vandita Mudgal, Hensel Phelps

Green Badger: Tell us a bit about yourself – who are you, what company do you work for and what is your role there?

Vandita Mudgal: I am an Architect, Landscape Designer and a Green Building expert working as Sustainability Manager for Hensel Phelps Construction Company. I have changed many hats in my professional life – working as a designer, an independent consultant and now for a big general contractor. It has been an exciting journey and one that has helped me to shape my ‘unique’ approach to supporting deep green projects. I have worked in Indian, China and United states, which again gives me a unique perspective of working in different regions of the world that are different culturally, climatically and have different real estate development goals.

Green Badger: What was your first green building or LEED project?

Vandita Mudgal: I don’t remember the name, but it was a college campus landscape in San Diego where I worked on the landscape and outdoor water credits.

Via Hensel Phelps: San Francisco International Airport – Terminal 1C project


Green Badger: What’s been the coolest green feature or project you’ve been involved with?

Vandita Mudgal: San Francisco International Airport – Terminal 1C project, which is currently ongoing. A deep green project, with aggressive LEED v4 certification target. I am actively involved in talking and educating manufacturers on what EPD and HPDs are… its being a real change-agent. I am confident that SFO T1C project will definitely give 1 few more EPD and HPDs to the construction industry that never existed before!

Green Badger: What’s one way (or your favorite feature) that Green Badger has simplified LEED for your team?

Vandita Mudgal: I am working on many projects at the same time and I am asked for project LEED status for some or all in a day (sometimes). Green Badger helps in bringing all the contractor credit status on one platform. It is my one go-to dashboard to check on all projects. Also, it a great way to learn and share project documentation (like EPD, HPD, VOC etc) between multiple projects. I simply am able to avoid folder searches and just go the Green Badger product entries. Also, with big projects – large teams and changing hands, Green Badger is a fool-proof way to avoid excel sheet mess ups and file management protocols.

“Green Badger helps in bringing all the contractor credit status on one platform. It is my one go-to dashboard to check on all projects. Also, it a great way to learn and share project documentation (like EPD, HPD, VOC etc) between multiple projects.”

Green Badger: Can you give us a local beer recommendation from your neck of the woods?

Vandita Mudgal: Sorry, not a beer person! I can suggest a great brunch place in Seattle – Geraldine’s Counter.

Green Badger: What is the best sustainability-related book that you’ve read?

Vandita Mudgal: Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century

Green Badger: Who is someone from the green building world you follow on Twitter/social media?

Vandita Mudgal: Google (Sustainability efforts), USGBC, ILFI.

Green Badger: If there was one thing you wish USGBC/LEED did differently, what would it be?

Vandita Mudgal: A more user-friendly LEED online interface. I wish in general that there were less green building certifications out there. We just need one consolidated and robust Green Building Certification system! LEED, BREEAM, ILFI, WELL, Fitwel, Green Globe… their intent is the same, their approach and focus a bit different.

Geraldine’s Counter, Seattle WA
Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, by Alex Steffen

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