This week on Sustainable Overload we sit down withCristina Garcia, CEMof theBuilding Electrification Institute (BEI)to talk about the benefits ofelectrification, LatinXs in Sustainability, and whyequity and inclusionis so important to the future of thesustainabilitymovement.

Cristina Garcia is a New York City native, working at the Building Electrification Institute, an organization that equips cities across North America with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to accelerate the transition of building systems away from fossil fuels. Cristina’s role within the organization is focused on inclusive labor and workforce policies for building electrification that will enable an equitable transition. Prior to this role, Cristina worked at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability for nearly three years, leading their electrification and workforce development initiatives.

Cristina’s passion for workforce development and increasing diversity in the sustainability industry led to her involvement in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) NYC chapter. In 2017, Cristina founded Latinos in Sustainability, a subgroup of SHPE- NYC, which informs Latinx students about sustainability careers while connecting and growing the Latinx professional community working in the sustainability and energy sector. Cristina holds a Masters and Bachelors from the City College of New York in Environmental Engineering. In 2020 Cristina was awarded the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Award for Advocacy and in 2021 recognized as a Grist 50 Fixer.

Cristina’s Socials:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cristina-garcia-cem-a9bb1686/

Instagram – latinxsinsustainability | Cris_Gar

Read more about our guest by clicking the links below:

https://queenseagle.com/all/trailblazing-queens-engineer-honored-for-driving-diversity-in-sustainability-field

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/05/environmental-engineer-launches-group-for-latinos-in-sustainability/

Check out the next event in the LatinXs in Sustainability series on Eventbrite: Intersection of Climate and Social Justice: Part IV – Climate Forecasting Tickets, Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

Study correlating gas stoves to asthma in children – https://www.nationalasthma.org.au/living-with-asthma/resources/patients-carers/factsheets/gas-stoves-and-asthma-in-children

An additional study – https://today.oregonstate.edu/archives/2014/sep/childhood-asthma-linked-lack-ventilation-gas-stoves-osu-study-shows

A report that cites both by RMI – https://rmi.org/insight/gas-stoves-pollution-health

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