We are pleased to announce that Dan McColley has joined the Paladino team full time as an Analyst. Dan hails from New Hampshire and we are as excited as he is for his permanent move to Washington, DC. He originally joined Paladino as an intern, and he brings an international studies background to his sustainability approach.
Tell us about your background and what led you to Paladino.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in Sustainability and Globalization at Dickinson College. In college, I immersed myself in interdisciplinary courses that focused on the advancement of sustainability practices in the real world. Particularly, I was interested in the synergies between the natural and built world, and how those synergies are pivotal to creating a greener and sustainable future. My passion for sustainability within the built and natural environments naturally led me to Paladino.
Where do you find inspiration in your work?
Having the opportunity to work directly in the built environment is a daily source of inspiration. Buildings are one of the greatest sources of climate change causing emissions, and they also pose as sources of innovation and creativity, bringing sustainable development projects to life. To be able to directly combat climate change while offering pragmatic solutions is what inspires me the most.
What direction do you think green building is headed? Where do you see the industry in ten years?
I think there is a strong movement for more biophilic and ergonomically designed buildings to promote wellness. Biophilic design brings nature back into cities and urban places at the crossroads of wellness and building performance.
What role does sustainability play in your life outside work? What does it mean to you?
As an avid skier, hiker, and surfer from coastal New Hampshire, I love everything about the outdoors; and likewise, am passionate about protecting and preserving the natural spaces I explored as I grew up. Promoting sustainability helps the natural world, and also improves our overall wellness and well-being.
What is one positive impact you feel sustainability will support in the world?
I believe sustainability acts as a positive feedback loop for anyone that is involved. From a consumption standpoint, sustainability has made consumers more proactive about what they buy, how it was made, and its associated environmental impact, which is driving companies and corporations to take a closer look at their operations.
What do you do in your leisure time?
I love to ski, surf, and hike, so I’m always stoked to enjoy some time outside. I also relax by painting, drawing, and sketching urban and natural landscapes.
What are three things you can’t live without?
My skis, my art supplies, and coffee.
What are you most proud of?
I am very passionate about the overall concept of wellness, especially within mental health awareness and education. In 2012 I co-founded the Connors Climb Organization, where we have provided critical mental health screening training to New Hampshire schools.
Is there anything else that you’d like to know about Dan? Ask away in the comments section below!