We are pleased to introduce Paul Bierman-Lytle, our Executive Director of Technical Services, based in our DC office. Paul Bierman-Lytle has an impressive background, including Co-Founder of COTE, internationally published author, and experience developing high performing and resilient real estate projects.
Join us in welcoming Paul Bierman-Lytle!
Tell us about your background and what led you to Paladino.
My professional career has been dedicated to sustainability, beginning as an architect/builder challenged by non-environmental products in the marketplace. I founded a company to resource building materials and co-authored a guidebook identifying building product solutions. As a co-founder of the AIA Committee On The Environment which supported the formation of USGBC, my commitment became solidly rooted. I have been fortunate to work on accelerated sustainability projects. Paladino falls directly in my career objectives, with a strong mission to discover and implement advanced climate solutions.
Where do you find inspiration in your work?
I have worked mostly on islands across the globe and coastal communities. These communities have an inherent understanding of sustainability and the challenges of severe climate events on their energy, water, buildings, and food. The young people in these unique communities especially inspire me with their hopeful, positive outlook.
As I expected, the Paladino and Company DC team is an example of an “abundance-focused” office community! The individual member goals and aspirations align with mine, so I felt I was boarding a fast-sailing schooner headed in uncharted waters, with a skilled crew, first mates, captain, and commodore!
What direction do you think green building is headed? Where do you see the industry in ten years?
I expect the next generation of buildings to be more climate-responsive, more resilient to our changing environment, social and economic pressures, and to be more inclusive and integrated with our natural ecosystems.
Time is of the essence if we are going to solve critical planet challenges. My job is to help the narrative get through to the important players effectively. Small steps in the right direction won’t get it done – we need to commit to big moves on an accelerated timeline so that the things we build respond to the technology, materials, environmental, social, and economic events of the future, rather than the past. I expect leaders to become more aggressive in taking risks since the risk we are playing with our ecosystem’s health, which is our own health and wellbeing.
What role does sustainability play in your life outside work? What does it mean to you?
Each day I take moments to look at the sky, trees, birds, and whatever natural phenomena are taking place around me. I treasure these moments immensely. When I hear the younger generation speak with actionable passion to make change, my outlook for them and their children is emboldened.
What is one positive impact you feel sustainability will support in the world?
It will be a major achievement if sustainability powered by climate solutions can bring the world together to recognize we are one ecosystem – an integrated, interdependent network of bioregions, not bound by political or geographic boundaries. What a sea-change this would be!
What do you do in your leisure time?
I enjoy traveling. I’ve been to every continent except Antarctica. I enjoy reading, exploring varieties of cuisine, and spending time with my wife Jane and our three children. The outdoors is my living room, and the ocean is my playroom; I love to sail and fall asleep to sounds of ocean waves!
What are three things you can’t live without?
Since I have more than three members in my immediate family, I’ll count them as Number One; in second place would be a gratifying, inspiring workplace with great people; and third, I cannot live without engagement with nature, all flora and fauna.
What are you most proud of?
This could be a cliché, but I’m most proud of the achievements I’ve made in my career to leave the world a better place for my children and theirs; I’m driven by how much work is still to be done, but knowing that my children know how hard I’m trying every day is comforting and rewarding.
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