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Tracy Metro moderates this chat with Maria McCain from the Natural Resources Design Council, Ben Stapleton of the US Green Building Council, and Real Estate pro-Erick Zumwalt. This conversation connects the dots between sourcing, sustainable design, property value, and how these elements work together.

Enjoy this live conversation from Design Hardware, moderated by designer and TV host Tracy Metro.

Maria McCain | Natural Resource Defense Council

Maria McCain’s work encompasses the organization’s entire real estate portfolio. McCain analyzes NRDC’s extensive waste, water, energy, and travel data to develop and implement strategies that minimize the organization’s carbon footprint. These strategies are also applied to internal green construction projects. Overall, McCain values a systematic and integrated approach to solving challenges. She received a master’s degree in environmental monitoring, modeling, and management from King’s College London and a bachelor’s in environmental and natural resource economics from West Virginia University. McCain is based in NRDC’s Santa Monica office.


Ben Stapleton | US Green Building Council

A native Angeleno, Stapleton is a recognized sustainability leader who brings extensive experience and connections across real estate, technology, and innovation to this position. He led significant operational growth, program development, and partnerships to triple revenue for the nonprofit. Simultaneously, I launched and managed the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown Los Angeles, most recently serving as SVP of Operations & Finance for the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI). The Campus has become an epicenter for sustainability in the region, featuring events with
prominent local, national, and international leaders, while being home to a community of cutting-edge businesses and nonprofits.

Eric Zumwalt


That’s a wrap on this episode of Convo By Design recorded live from Design Hardware featuring Eric Zumwalt, Ben Stapleton, Maria McCain, and Tracy Metro. Thank you to The KEEN Experience and Tracy Metro for hosting such a great event.

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