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Interviews with Green Building Professionals: Madeline Smith, Clayco

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Today, Green Badger is featuring green building superhero Madeline Smith at Clayco who we have had the pleasure of working with over the past few years!

Madeline Smith works for Clayco, a design build firm, supporting the enterprise in their sustainable mission. Madeline manages the sustainable group within the QA/QC team, the Technical Assurance Group. Clayco has many subsidiaries, including a design-firm (LJC), real-estate development firm (CRG), and a high-performing curtain wall installation company.

Madeline’s team helps educate and find innovative solutions for clients’ sustainable goals for all Clayco subsidiaries. Services include third party certifications such as LEED, Living Building Challenge, WELL and Fitwel, in addition to energy conservation and overall sustainable design and construction consulting.

What was your first green building or LEED project?

Washington University Rubelmann House

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

The co-generation facility at Zurich North American Headquarters.

Washington University Rubelmann House
Green Badger library of LEED v4 compliant products.
What’s one way that Green Badger has simplified LEED for your team?

The Green Badger library includes an extensive amount of materials, which speeds up the research process in confirming if products comply with LEED.

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

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken. The 100 most substantive solutions to reverse global warming, based on meticulous research by leading scientists and policymakers around the world.

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

Urban Underdog (STL)

Who is someone from the green building world you follow on social media?

Altitude, a podcast for sustainable education, created by Erin Delawalla.

If there was one thing you wish LEED did differently, what would it be?

On-site verification.


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