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2017, We’re Ready for You!

We asked each staff member of Nspiregreen about theirs hopes and goals for 2017 here’s what we said:

Mei:  2016 has been a challenging year for me, but it was filled with many unforgettable moments, such as graduating from with my Master’s degree and getting married. My wishes for 2017 are more great memorable moments and a more peaceful world. I hope to get my LEED Certificate during the first half of the year, improving myself on a professional level. I hope to have the chance to go back to my hometown in China to visit my friends and family. I have many dreams and wishes, some of the simpler desires include breaking my habit of sleeping late; visit New York City, cleaning out my closet, and to stay in shape.Finally, it’s going to be a bright new year, my most important wish is for everyone’s continued happiness throughout 2017.

Christine: In 2016, a lot of things were knocked down for me, but as one of my favorite rap lyrics and personal mottos goes “sometimes you gotta get knocked down to get up”- Mystikal. In 2017, my focus is going to be on the concept of “building”. I want to build up my skills in some areas, especially hand and computer renderings, technical capabilities, knowledge base, and being a leader. I want to build in time for people, things, and experiences that bring me joy.

Fabiana: My wish for this new year is that everyone, including my family, colleagues and friends, have a and a healthy, happy and prosperous life. To create this happier, healthier and more prosperous life for myself, my goal is to keep growing personally and professionally by being in the best disposition to learn, challenge myself and try new performances in my life. My greatest desire is to enjoy from the greatest to the smallest events happening in my life.

Chanceé: Like the dawn of each year, I expect 2017 to be a year of dreams fulfilled and goals accomplished. I desire to spend more time with my amazing new little family. I dream of spending days relaxing in front of clear blue water while jotting down new ideas that I make come to pass. I wish to give more of my time to causes I care about and have goals to do new things with Nspiregreen. As my family at home grows, I pray abundant blessings over Nspiregreen in the new year so that my work family can grow too. This is my hope for 2017 may the odds be ever in my favor.

Veronica: Usually I start the year with a list of goals I’m going to accomplish and things I’m going to do for the year. After ending 2016, physically and mentally exhausted, I’m looking forward to doing less in 2017. My hope is to take some things off my plate, say “no” more, travel more, and be radical with taking personal time outs. I want to reorganize my day to provide more time to think and be creative, so I can continue to create a vision for Nspiregreen and the urban planning business unit.

These are our hopes for 2017. What are your hopes? What are your goals?

Photo from "monkeys with cameras" on flicker

Closed for the Holidays

At Nspiregreen, we believe the holidays are a time to spend with friends and families.  When we were mapping out the type of company we wanted, one of the first decisions we made was to close the office for the holidays.  We will be closed from December 23, 2016 through January 1, 2017. During this time we will not be checking email or answering phones.


We hope you have a safe and happy holidays!



Chanceé, Veronica, Christine, Fabiana, & Mei

Glowing lights in the dark.

Holiday Wishes

We asked each staff member of Nspiregreen what they wanted for Christmas or this holiday season and here’s what we said:

Chanceé: During this Christmas Season, all I want are communities to have access to clean water, air, and land. Environmental Justice wouldn’t be a buzzword and communities like the ones described here wouldn’t have to constantly fight because their resources are contaminated and degraded. All I want is for communities no matter the racial makeup or class to not have to bear the burden of environmental hazards. I just don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Mei: I am going to Puerto Rico in December, so all I want for the Christmas is to have a good vacation. At the same time, I wish for everyone to do their best to protect the environment and the culture around us. I wish for this because I love the beach and ocean; traveling to tropical islands helps me relax. Just like Fabiana writes in her blog, her trip to Hawaii recharged her spirit. I hope everybody will do their part to preserve the earth, so we can still show our descendants its beauty. Lastly, I am going to taste local Puerto Rican and Cuban cuisine and will be able to check out the different food system they have (for example the use of all different recipes with plantains  and different spices they use) like in Christine’s blog here. I’ll share my experiences next year!

Fabiana: All I want for Christmas is to relax and have a great time with my family, because not everything is about work. For that, I plan to find ways to connect with nature while in the city, so I can recharge my batteries as I did in Hawaii. I want to be pleasantly surprised during this holidays, as Veronica was when she was seeking transportation and finding art.

Veronica: All I want this holiday season is to recharge my batteries in Hawaii, wander around Colombia, or bike in Costa Rica. Mixing travel and active transportation is my idea of a great vacation.  I love being outside in warm weather and exploring new places. The transportation nerd in me loves to observe how people move.

Christine: All I want this holiday season is for neighborhoods to have better food access as I described here and here.  Food security is core to holistic planning of healthy communities. I also know that self-care is important in the upcoming year, so having a little more fun and taking some vacation time is on the list as well.

Hope you all have a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season and new year!



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