Anisa Baldwin Metzger, School District Sustainability
LEED® AP BD+C, O+M, Green Associate
Anisa Baldwin Metzger manages K12 school district sustainability efforts at the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2008, Anisa arrived in New Orleans with a computer, a phone and a broad assignment: keep the school district on track to rebuild LEED Certified schools and do what else might be necessary to support community-based greening efforts on the ground. The U.S. Green Building Council had created this support position in response to citizen action after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and Anisa took it and ran with it. With four LEED Certified schools and over 30 schools in the registration process, eight LEED Green Associates and two LEED APs on school project management staff, an indoor air quality manager in place, a district recycling program, and a green school curriculum resource in circulation, Anisa helped the schools change perceptions of what public education can mean to the people of New Orleans.
In the fall of 2010, Anisa moved to Washington, D.C. to work with the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. She is currently Manager of the Center for Green Schools Fellowship Program, placing sustainability directors in school districts. She leads strategy for the Center for Green Schools’ interaction with those who implement LEED and with those who study the effect of buildings on childhood health and learning.
Growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas, Anisa rode to kindergarten on the back of her dad’s bike. She was raised by parents who made it second nature to try to waste less, and so she understands the importance of raising sustainability natives—children and adults who act to benefit the earth without needing to be asked. She has worked with Architecture firms in Little Rock and Seattle on commercial, institutional and residential projects, and she holds a B.S. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle.