I have always been uncomfortable with labels — Democrat, Republican, Environmentalist. Once you are labelled people expect you to adopt a long list of positions on various issues. Does an “Environmentalist” mean you are for protecting the environment? Who isn’t — but at what cost?
I like the term steward — a steward of nature. Humans are part of this thing called nature — and their concerns (jobs, a future, etc.) must be weighed against protecting other aspects of nature.
So I call myself a Pragmatic Steward — weighing cost versus benefit along with a host of other concerns as I do my best to be a good steward of nature.
This site is a place to discuss issues surrounding the stewardship of nature — particularly as they relate to energy and buildings — a topic of great interest to me.
I saw your presentation last week in St. Louis and greatly appreciate the good work you are undertaking. When I was serving as Treasurer and an Executive Board Member of the USGBC Chicago Chapter (where Ujjval and I first met) I recruited Finance Committee members that could assist as “Objective Skeptics” like bankers, engineers, Energy Marketers, Accountants , Insurance Agents, Bonding Professionals, Attorneys, etc. to assess potential risks associated with LEED buildings. .
Thank you again.
Leon thanks for the feedback and additional information. I hope our paths cross again in the near future.