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Wendy Meguro


“In 2017, building construction and operations accounted for 36% of final energy use and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions globally,” said Wendy Meguro, assistant professor at the University of Hawaii’s School of Architecture. “That’s more than transportation and industry sectors. Most people don’t realize that.”

This realization influenced Wendy’s decision to dedicate her career to designing buildings that help reduce energy use. She has consulted with many firms on environmentally responsible buildings ensuring that the buildings are “designed for the climate.” Some common improvements include appropriate use of daylight to reduce reliance on electricity, energy efficient appliances, low water fixtures, energy efficient equipment and renewable energy on site.

Wendy has been teaching at UH for six years. “I want to educate and inspire a generation of students here in Hawaiʻi who will go on to have professional careers that impact Hawaiʻi and the world.” Also volunteering as a board member for the US Green Building Council, Wendy encourages anyone interested in green building design to attend their annual conferences.
“There is a huge opportunity within architecture to make an impact on cutting emissions,” Wendy explains. “Being able to create healthy, thriving communities that are also good for the environment -- I think that’s a life’s work.”

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