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Living Building Equity Champion

The Kendeda Fund and Institute Diversity

As a Living Building Equity Champion (LBEC), I was able to further my understanding of sustainability and its implementation in structures and communities. Through my work as a LBEC, I was able to fuse the ideals of equity and sustainability to advocate for structural and social changes within the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, the most sustainable building in the Southeast. 

  • Context & Problem: Equity and sustainability are interdependent on one another, but most people do not understand how or why. 

  • Audience: Georgia Tech and surrounding Atlanta community; other colleges interested in sustainable building construction

  • Success: I had the honor of presenting my work for the Kendeda Building at its opening dedication ceremony to about 300 people, serving as the individual representative for the entire student body of Georgia Tech. I had the opportunity to write a blog post educating people about the close relationship between equity and sustainability (see link to the left). Additionally, I made commentary about these concepts in the video to the left.

From left to right: Shan Arora - Director for Kendeda Building, Dena Kimball - Executive Director for Kendeda Fund, Diana Blank - Founder of Kendeda Fund, Ángel Cabrera - President of Georgia Tech, Angelica Acevedo - Student Speaker and Representative.

Pictured at the dedication ceremony for the Kendeda Building. 

Angelica Acevedo pictured on the roof of the Kendeda Building exploring the sustainable production of honey within bee populations.

Undergraduate Sustainability Ambassador

Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business

As an Undergraduate Sustainability Ambassador, I am currently working with the government of Patagonia, Chile to help establish their national park system. Through my role, I am learning how to understand sustainability from a global perspective and how to create and engage in sustainable business practices.

  • Context & Problem: Chile's government would like to preserve the biodiversity on Juan Fernandez Island by creating Chile's first ever national park and consequently, their first national park system. Quite frequently, lands in Chile have been destroyed for mining purposes. However, these practices, while environmentally degrading, provide jobs for Chilean citizens in the area. The Chilean government wants to create jobs in the field of ecotourism to simultaneously provide their people a means of livelihood while preserving the ecosystems they still retain.

  • Audience: Those studying the creation of national park systems across the globe; those studying and/or interested in park design for sustainable ecotourism

  • Success: Once completed, this project will be presented to a live audience of about 100 people in both presentation and display board forms. A report has been written about this project and its findings (link below), encapsulating its achievements and further implications.

In order to protect this unpublished work, only the first three pages of the report have been included. Please contact me for more information.

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