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The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti

Nov 20, 2019

About the Episode

In this episode, we have Green Building professional Marni Jade Evans. Marni is a LEED Fellow.  We will explore the early days around LEED when she was an Associate Green Building Consultant at Paladino and Company.  Additionally, Marni will talk about early influences on the Living Building Challenge. Marni is a proud Canadian with dual citizenship.  

Tune in to this episode to hear more about Marni Jade Evan’s journey.


Key Talking Points

  1. Getting to know Marni
  2. Marni’s inspiration 
  3. First experience with Green projects
  4. Gaining insight from the Greenbuild Conference
  5. Starting a new company
  6. Proudest Achievements
  7. USGBC update
  8. What does the future hold
  9. Bucket List
  10. Marni’s Advice


Key Milestones of the Episode

[01:43]  Intro to Marni Jade Evans

[02:30]  Early Exposure to Architecture 

[04:58]  Marni’s mentors

[06:36]  Paladino and Green Projects

[10:55]  Greenbuild Conference

[13:20]  Starting a new company

[18:34]  Update on US Green Buildings Council

[24:56]  Trends in the future of green building

[34:32]  Marni’s Bucket List

[39:42]  Final Words of Encouragement


Key Quotes from the Episode

  1. “Tom Paladino had to be the best mentor, hands down.”
  2. “One of the big highlights in my life was deciding in 2008 to start my own Green Building Consulting Firm in the heat of a recession.”
  3. “I’m really lucky, I get to work from home while still being a part of the DC office.”
  4. “My intuition is telling me the entire building industry is about to be completely disrupted by buildings that are mobile, that are temporary, that are fast built, that are inexpensive and technological.”


Key Resources

  1. Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
  2. trim tab blog


Learn More about Marni Jade Evans

As a Green Building Specialist, I serve as a technical subject matter expert for all USGBC and GBCI published guidance related to LEED, SITES, WELL and EDGE certification. Drawing on cutting-edge knowledge of, and direct experience with, the suite of LEED Rating Systems and SITES, I assist teams in the design, construction and real estate industry and serve as a resource and problem-solver for technical issues. My role is focused primarily on improving customer service through direct customer engagement.



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