[The #STEM Episode] Green Buildings Boost the U.S. Economy and @HankGreen’s Take On Dogs Who FaceTime

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Have you ever wondered just how much of an impact STEM has on your daily life? Even if you’ve never given it a pondering, it’s worth considering. Buildings are making people healthier, food is smarter, and wearable technology has become an extension of our brain. On this episode, I chat with two experts in STEM: Marisa Long, the Communications Director of the U.S. Green Building Council and Hank Green, a YouTube star who’s all about educating the next generation on the importance of STEM.

These interviews were made possible by the U.S. Green Building Council and Emerson

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About Marisa Long: As the Communications Director of the U.S. Green Building Council, Marisa Long serves as a spokesperson for the organization and oversees media relations, external communications, public affairs, social media, multimedia and public relations efforts forUSGBC. She supports all USGBC brands and programs, most notably, USGBC’s flagship product, LEED. She works closely with staff and stakeholders to promote and advocate for green buildings through the media and in the marketplace. Prior to USGBC, Marisa served as a vice president at Quinn & Co. Public Relations in New York, successfully implementing numerous creative and strategic PR campaigns for a variety of high-profile real estate clients.

About Hank Green: William Henry “Hank“ Green II is an American entrepreneur, musician, and vlogger, known for his YouTube channel VlogBrothers, where he and his brother, John Green, regularly upload videos. He is also the creator of the online environmental technology blog EcoGeek, and the developer of Subbable. Hank, along with his brother John Green, is the co-creator of VidCon, the world’s largest online video conference/convention. He is involved with several other channels on YouTube, including Crash Course, SciShow, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, The Brain Scoop, Animal Wonders, SciShow Space, hankschannel, GamesWithHank and Sexplanations. Green was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and his family soon moved to Orlando, Florida, where he was raised. He graduated from Winter Park High School in 1998 and then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Eckerd College and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. He resides in Missoula, Montana with his wife Katherine Green, their cat, Cameo, and dog, Lemon.