What I Do Every day I design systems which are affect people’s everyday lives, whether they realize it or not. Human beings spend the majority of the day inside a built environment. I try my best to ensure that my HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system designs create comfortable environments for the occupant while hitting aggressive energy targets. I am a Mechanical Engineer, which I am a consultant to architects, owners and real estate developers. I complete energy analysis and load calculations to produce drawings that are used to build buildings! Most of my system designs target building energy efficiency savings of at least 30% energy savings when compared to traditional buildings. Most clients I interact with realize the importance of sustainable building design and are aiming for Net Zero Energy balances, while some reach even further for Net Zero Water balances Climate change and CO2 emissions are very real threats. The United States has more CO2 emissions per person than any other nation in the world. Buildings consume more energy than any other sector. My influence as a design engineer allows me to directly affect energy consumed in this nation. I have direct interaction with owners and I am able to communicate to them why their building should hit more aggressive energy targets. I impact people’s lives by creating the environment they occupy, by reducing energy consumption and carbon footprints of buildings all while being a female role model.