Meet Catherine Gonsalves, BEEx Daylight Hour Intern.


My name is Catherine Gonsalves, I’m currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Management at the New School in New York. I have a background in interior design with an evolving focus on sustainable design. I’m particularly interested in sustainable urban development, green building, and energy.

  1. Share your favorite energy factoid.
    The U.S. food industry accounts for approximately 16% of the national energy budget. 
  2. What energy conservation campaign would you start in your office or want to share with other offices?
    I think occupant sensors for lights need to be implemented everywhere. It frustrates me when I see offices that still have lights on at night. 
  3. What are you currently reading?
    I’m reading The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. I haven’t gotten very far into it as yet. It’s about a dysfunctional family in New York waiting for their trust funds to kick in. 
  4. What are some ways you reduce your carbon footprint at home?
    I incorporate many things – that I imagine most people do – like unplugging electronics when they’re not in use, using energy efficient bulbs, and recycling. Recently I’m trying to reduce the amount of waste created from food and all its related material by planning meals and purchasing food that has less packaging. 
  5. What is your personal superpower?
    My friends say I have a tendency to disappear. I like to think of it as more of an act of self-preservation. 

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