Tuesday, August 10, 2010

An Interview with GreenerBuilder Leilanie Bruce

Back in June, BuildSite offered a raffle for a $150 gift card at USGBC-NCC's first annual Greener Builder conference for subcontractors. At our drawing in late June, we pulled the name of  Leilanie Bruce from WRNS Studio in San Francisco. Having enjoyed meeting Leilanie so much at the event, we decided to interview her for our blog to find out more about all the exciting plans she has up her sleeves.

Below is an excerpt of the conversation. Thanks for the interview, Leilanie!

Q: Where are you from?

A: I was born in the Philippines but have also lived in Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, and Germany. I'm a citizen of the world.

Q: Where did you go to school?

A: I attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where I received my Bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's in Public Policy.

Q: How long have you worked at WRNS Studio, and what brought you there?

A: I was brought to WRNS on a magical fairy ship known as putting some adventure in my humdrum existence. I had always wanted to go back to San Francisco; so I packed my bags, couch surfed for a little bit, and eventually landed a position at an A&D firm, WRNS Studio. I have been there for the past 3+ years.

Q: What got you interested in green building?

A: I think it all started when I returned to the town where I was born in the Phillippines. I was struck by the dire state of the buildings--the lack of green principles in the architecture was apparent to me. Before working in the industry, I never would have given a second thought to the built environment. At the time I thought about how much better it could be.

I was motivated to focus on the green built sector, and I read all I could on the emerging green movement. Coupled with my past experience in community building and environmental law, this research provided me with a different type of insight. I found that I focused more on cohesiveness; that is to say, the interrelation of various sectors in creating a whole systems approach to green building.

Q: What is keeping you busy at work these days? Any exciting green projects?

A: I am keeping busy with the usual work load: LEED Materials documentation, Resource Librarian, Reception Backup, Project and Construction Coordination, and whatever else lands on my plate. Outside of work, I am excited for my latest venture--learning more about GSA & VA Schedule Contracting.

Q: Are you a LEED AP?

A: I am not a LEED AP but do plan on getting accredited in at least 1 or 2 of the tracks within the year.

Q: At GreenerBuilder, you mentioned that you are known for volunteering for lots of projects. Can you name a project or two you have coming up?

A: I am excited for next year's events for the Metro Programs Committee of which I am an active member. The mission of the committee is to organize educational networking events for all professions related to green building. By highlighting successful local projects and assembling panels on a broad range of sustainability topics, the Metro Programs Committee works hard to ensure that the public stays informed on successful innovations and progress within the green building sector.

I have a few other marketing and communication projects for my father's websites. The first website, Alliance.com, is in the business of providing insurance and related services to clients. The second project for the website QuranPhil.com showcases a transliteration of The Holy Quran to the Philippine national language (Tagalog). We hope to reach out to as many readers as possible, particularly to make the transliteration available to remote places.

Q: Well, you certainly keep yourself busy. Can you name one thing you think you'd like to be when you grow up?

A: Retired.

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