Newsletter | Mar/Apr 2014

Sowing Sustainability

by Wendy Bertrand

Editor Mignon O'Young

Mignon O'Young is sowing sustainability as the editor of the online Green Architecture and Building Report (GAB Report at
Many OWA members may not be aware that Architect Mignon O'Young was once an OWA Steering Committee member and still is a member.
She created the GAB Report in the spring of 2009 as a way to share with others the green building projects with which she was involved while working at Citizens Housing Corporation in San Francisco. At the same time, it gave her the opportunity to reach out, connect and kindle an international community with other design professionals, manufacturers, and anyone who cared about green and sustainable design or wanted to learn more. I urge you to get to know the GAB Report. Mignon makes it a point to provide in-depth reporting, be timely, tell the backstory of the project, and make sure that the technical terminology of green features and strategies is easy to understand.

Mignon writes most of the content for the GAB Report, and be assured that she promotes and credits the players involved with each project (fellow and sister-architects, engineers, consultants, contractors, developers, photographers, etc.). She also encourages guest writers to contribute ideas and share words and photos of their own green projects: buildings, urban planning, landscaping, products, conferences. I can vouch that she responds to her email and is wonderful to work with. Consider contacting her at and participate in this movement that needs all the nurturing it can get.

Bravo Mignon!

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