Simi Hoque is co-director of the not-for-profit organization Floodspace, which is focused on developing sustainable solutions for habitats threatened by climate change-related flooding. She works at the sustainable engineering firm in Waltham and teaches sustainable design courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and green practice at the Boston Architectural College. She has a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
In Boston, a new code requires all new construction over 50,000 square feet be LEED certifiable (note the suffix), which is a little like saying that buildings must be greenish. The code's stipulation of certifiable is a missed opportunity, a weak gesture by city leaders to promote sustainable development in Boston.