WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 154 incremental changes were noticeable. "I started to connect how land development patterns drive environmental impact and resource use intensity. I went to UVM [the University of Vermont] for environmen- tal studies and learned more about land use and balancing traditional uses, like agriculture, with city growth." After a stint on Capitol Hill, Grey followed his urban planning and real estate interest to a Master's program at the London School of Seeing the Forest for the Trees Also working in the realm of green business is Grey Lee, the Executive Director of the US Green Building Council, Massachusetts Chapter. "When I was about ten, I built an Ewok Village in my backyard with my brothers and neighbors. We constructed about five huts made out of branches and leaves and basically lived in them for a summer. It was my first foray into construction and green buildings." In high school, Grey was an exchange student in a large city in the south of Brazil. "I experienced a total immersion not just in a foreign culture and language, but also a totally urban lifestyle which was new to me, being from little old Weston. I became fascinated by urban systems and high-rise apartments." Back in the States, Grey's family would travel to Washington, DC every year for Thanksgiving, where he witnessed the booming wave of suburban sprawl radiating throughout that region. Each year the business Words of Wisdom "Say yes to everything. Be a part of clubs, celebrate different friends, and different realities. Make something that is uniquely yours. Challenge your boundaries. All of this can inspire you to see hidden connections that might not be illuminated otherwise." – Sasha Rabin Wallinger "Study 'whole systems design' and 'systems thinking' – the integration of multiple disciplines is the path of the future. Embrace a portion of the field, a skill or interest where you feel you can develop your abilities enough to express your creative side. Whatever piques your interest, read everything about it; if a particular author gets you going, read everything he or she produces. Find professionals you want to emulate and find a way to do what they're doing. Start writing about what interests you and build your personal brand around those topics. Stay supportive of those peers and your 'guiding stars' and one day you will be asked to step onto the stage. Solving the complex challenges of sustainability will require creativity, leadership, and passion. Good luck!" – Grey Lee Grey Lee "creativity, leadership, and passion"

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