Banners at a climate justice rally. Banner read, "Green Buildings, Good Jobs, Climate & Worker Justice Now!" "They Can Afford to Pay. We Can't Afford to Wait. Electrify Now!" "Electrify Seattle: Cooling, Clean Energy, Union Jobs" "Climate Justice Now!"
Climate & Energy Writing

Who gets to be a building stakeholder?

How often are we talking to all the individual people who spend their day sitting in our office buildings, working the lines in our factories, tending to patients in our hospitals, and cleaning the rooms in our hotels? How often are we walking alongside the people who will be materially affected by the decision to invest in, for example, indoor air quality solutions? How often are we aiding them as they demand improved health, safety, and sustainability from their employers and the establishments they patronize?

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Writing

An Overlooked Contributor to the Building Industry Labor Shortage

So, why am I harping on DEI once again? Because at the AHR Expo, the issue of the labor shortage in the US came up in every conversation, yet not once was the issue of diversity, equity, & inclusion mentioned. Many experts waxed poetic about how to solve the labor shortage and get Gen Z interested in joining the building industry without ever asking the question: Who are these Gen Zers, and what do they want?