Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend is our Administrative Assistant and Spec Shaman blog contributor. She enjoys supporting the GreenCE team, first and foremost, by providing excellent customer service to our clients. Beyond that, no task in the office is too small for her to handle. Stacie has a BA in English/Communications/Fine Arts from Washington State University Vancouver and is completing her MFA in Writing from Goddard College. She has multiple writing and photography projects currently in the works, and is slowly building her creative arts company. Stacie is excited to use her vast experience in customer service, writing, fine arts, and teaching to support and promote GreenCE's commitment to increase sustainable design literacy at all levels and to accelerate the transition to a sustainable built environment.

The Spec Shaman

On: Apr 9, 2019
Overview of the USGBC’s Living Standard Research Report

In November 2018, at the Greenbuild International Conference, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced their plans for creating a new living standard.

On: Mar 22, 2019
Saving Energy with Daylighting Design

In a previous five-part series, Climate Change: It’s All About the Straws, Isn’t it?, I explored the five main things that are effecting climate change, according to Bill Gates. He lists electricity (25%), agriculture (24%), manufacturing (21%), transportation (14%), and buildings (6%) with a final miscellaneous category contributing 10%. The categories on this list weren’t as surprising as the ways in which those categories contributed.

On: Feb 27, 2019
Smart Buildings: Rising to the Challenge of the Future

It was only a few months ago that I heard the phrase “Internet of Things”, although it’s not a new concept. By definition, the Internet of Things, or IoT, is the network of connected devices that contain electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these things to connect, interact, and exchange data.

On: Feb 7, 2019
The Emergence of Mass Timber for Urban Building Projects

During the wood-age of building, nearly every metropolitan city had a giant fire, some more than once: Boston in 1872; London in 1666 (and 1212…and 1130…1135…and so on…London is one of the most well-known tinderboxes on the planet); Chicago 1871; and San Francisco 1906, to name a few. These fires were attributed not only to materials used in building, but also a lack of enough fire fighters, low water pressure, and lack of proper equipment.

On: Jan 25, 2019
Climate Change, Part 5: It’s All About the Straws, Isn’t It?

This is this the final installment to the Climate Change series I’ve been writing for the last month or so, based on Bill Gates’s blog post. Since I’m wrapping it up, it seems timely to explain why I referenced straws as the title. My youngest daughter is an environmental champion and has been since she joined the Green Team at her elementary school in 3rd grade nearly seven years ago.

On: Jan 15, 2019
Climate Change, Part 4: It’s All About the Straws, Isn’t It?

I have been writing off and on about Bill Gates’ October 2018 post regarding climate change. Initially, I was interested in what he had to say because I was surprised to find out how much of an impact manufacturing has on climate change. Previously, I didn’t draw a strong connection between sustainable building and climate change, but the more I researched what Gates wrote, the more I saw how much intersectionality there is within the world of sustainability.

On: Dec 21, 2018
TOTOUSA Leads the Way in Sustainable Manufacturing

In the architecture, design, and engineering world, TOTOUSA is known as the world’s largest toilet manufacturer. It began in Japan over one hundred years ago by Kazuchika Okuras as a way to develop a healthier and cleaner living space. Okuras had a vision after visiting Europe, before Japan was hit by the concept of public sewage systems, so in 1917 he founded Toyo Toki K.K. Eventually that became TOTO LTD. in 1970.

On: Dec 6, 2018
4 Trends That Will Affect Specification in 2019

"Trend" isn’t necessarily a word a manufacturer wants to have used to describe their product, when used in reference to short-lived fads. But Merriam-Webster defines the word at least four different ways in its noun form: a prevailing tendency or inclination; a general movement; a current style or preference; or a line of development. None of these mean short-lived or like a fad.

On: Nov 30, 2018
Climate Change, Part 3: It’s All About the Straws, Isn’t It?

I used to love reading dystopian fiction, particularly when the fall of humanity could be attributed mostly to climate change or a weather catastrophe. I think this was because of all the possibilities for a fallen world, this one was the least realistic for me. The natural world existed long before we ever did, before I ever did, and it was much bigger than us. We could never ruin it, or be ruined by it, in my mind. It was unconquerable.

On: Nov 21, 2018
5 Things That Can Increase Building Product Specifications

Getting specified is not always easy and getting specified during the holidays or end of the year deadlines is even more of a challenge. The challenge is the same for everyone--a product manufacturer builds a relationship with a specifier, or bids to be part of a project, and hopes to get picked. But in the end, there is only one victor. If you’re not the one picked, how does that happen if you did all the same things that the other person did? The construction industry is a complex one.