Beyond the Build

Green Building


Last Saturday, I got to attend a symposium entitled, “Faith Meets Business: Climate Solutions for the Common Good.” One of the panelists included our friend Dr. Jim McClintock, an endowed Professor of Polar and Marine Biology at UAB. Jim is recognized internationally as one of the leaders in this field.

Coincidentally, I read this past week where the Palmer Station, located in Antarctica, recorded its warmest day in history at 64.5º F. Jim wrote this quick read, which tells the story well, on his last visit to Palmer Station.

Another interesting presentation at the conference was on an organization called Drawdown, which presented a straight-forward set of ideas to reverse global warming by 2050. (“Drawdown” is the date when greenhouse gases begin to decline on a year-by-year basis.)

My takeaway from our conference is that there is an opportunity for change and to leave the world a better place than we found it, but action is needed on both small and larger platforms if we are going to succeed.

Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and CEO of The Stewart/Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.