Christopher (Kit) Ratcliff, FAIA, NCARB, LEED, is the third-generation leader of Ratcliff, the century-old, award-winning architectural firm in Emeryville, California. He has pledged the firm's resources toward sustainable practice in concert with the AIA's 2030 Challenge and is committed to bringing the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change to the attention of clients and colleagues. Visit www.ratcliffarch.com to learn more.
Most of us in the design and construction industry share the widespread belief that technology can rescue us from any challenge we face. But we must understand that technology alone won’t be enough to avert catastrophic changes in the earth.
Members of California's building industry are teaming with legislative and grassroots organizations to take strong leadership roles in reducing the industry's drivers for climate change. You can do the same in your state. See Kit Ratcliff's ideas about how.
Greenhouse gas emissions are a main driver of climate change. Christopher Ratcliff, the president, principal and director of sustainability for the Ratcliff architectural firm, takes a look several protocols to measure GHGs and shares a calculating tool he devised.
Although it seems that businesses of all types are at or nearing a tipping point in terms of concern about their environmental impact, we may also be on the verge of ecological tipping points that make drastic action all the more necessary.