Just prior to Thanksgiving, Bruce Becker visited Watkinson to speak with our Global Studies students. President of Becker and Becker Associates, Inc. (Becker + Becker), he is known for using a fully integrated approach to sustainable design, planning, financing, and development of buildings to meet the social, economic, and environmental needs of communities. Becker’s good friend and Watkinson parent Rand Cooper (who arranged the visit) says, “Bruce is a champion of our need to have a different kind of energy future, and is plowing a path toward it for the rest of us to follow.”
Becker spoke a lot about his most recent project, Hotel Marcel, in New Haven’s iconic Pirelli Building which is fully sustainable producing all of its energy needs through solar power and the use of innovative technologies. Global Studies Director Jennifer O’Brien remarked that this visit was important for the students because, “…they were able to see that the path towards a climate-responsible future is not theoretical — it’s achievable right now. Through Becker’s work, our students heard how one person and a dedicated team can overcome preconceived ideas to address environmental, global public health, and sustainability issues. His visit was a masterclass in Global Studies.”
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