Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend is our Administrative Assistant and Spec Shaman blog contributor. She enjoys supporting the GreenCE team, first and foremost, by providing excellent customer service to our clients. Beyond that, no task in the office is too small for her to handle. Stacie has a BA in English/Communications/Fine Arts from Washington State University Vancouver and is completing her MFA in Writing from Goddard College. She has multiple writing and photography projects currently in the works, and is slowly building her creative arts company. Stacie is excited to use her vast experience in customer service, writing, fine arts, and teaching to support and promote GreenCE's commitment to increase sustainable design literacy at all levels and to accelerate the transition to a sustainable built environment.

The Spec Shaman

On: Dec 21, 2018
TOTOUSA Leads the Way in Sustainable Manufacturing

In the architecture, design, and engineering world, TOTOUSA is known as the world’s largest toilet manufacturer. It began in Japan over one hundred years ago by Kazuchika Okuras as a way to develop a healthier and cleaner living space. Okuras had a vision after visiting Europe, before Japan was hit by the concept of public sewage systems, so in 1917 he founded Toyo Toki K.K. Eventually that became TOTO LTD. in 1970.

On: Dec 12, 2018
How No-Cost LEED Exam Prep Can Help Building Product Reps Succeed

Several building product manufacturers still have no sustainability expert or advocate in 2018. It’s hard to believe that there are still major product manufacturers and many small to medium sized companies that have nobody on their team that is versed in LEED or green building. The companies that do have sustainability champions and LEED professionals on their staff usually have greater specification opportunities than those who have nothing.

On: Dec 6, 2018
4 Trends That Will Affect Specification in 2019

"Trend" isn’t necessarily a word a manufacturer wants to have used to describe their product, when used in reference to short-lived fads. But Merriam-Webster defines the word at least four different ways in its noun form: a prevailing tendency or inclination; a general movement; a current style or preference; or a line of development. None of these mean short-lived or like a fad.

On: Nov 30, 2018
Climate Change, Part 3: It’s All About the Straws, Isn’t It?

I used to love reading dystopian fiction, particularly when the fall of humanity could be attributed mostly to climate change or a weather catastrophe. I think this was because of all the possibilities for a fallen world, this one was the least realistic for me. The natural world existed long before we ever did, before I ever did, and it was much bigger than us. We could never ruin it, or be ruined by it, in my mind. It was unconquerable.

On: Nov 21, 2018
5 Things That Can Increase Building Product Specifications

Getting specified is not always easy and getting specified during the holidays or end of the year deadlines is even more of a challenge. The challenge is the same for everyone--a product manufacturer builds a relationship with a specifier, or bids to be part of a project, and hopes to get picked. But in the end, there is only one victor. If you’re not the one picked, how does that happen if you did all the same things that the other person did? The construction industry is a complex one.

On: Nov 16, 2018
Climate Change, Part 2: It’s All About the Straws, Isn’t It?

Wouldn’t it be great if saving the world was as easy as ditching straws or riding our bikes to work? Sustainable living is definitely affected by our personal best practices, but it’s obviously a global problem in a symbiotic relationship between the world as a whole and humans on a personal level. At this point, however, big changes need to happen. And probably not just big changes, but innovative, outside the box big changes.

On: Nov 8, 2018
Preview of Greenbuild 2018: Human x Nature

Not that I want to continually offer reminders of how new I am to the AEC and sustainable industry—but I am new to the industry. Therefore, every blog post written is approached like a research paper and is always shared with a twinge of fear that the experts are going to find a plethora of inaccuracies and mistakes and call the sustainable blogger police on me.

On: Nov 1, 2018
Pay Attention: 3 Things That Encourage Specification

The AEC industry is constantly changing, and it can be hard to keep up. The challenge as a manufacturer is knowing how to get your product specified regardless of these changes. The obvious starting point is having a great product. Even the best sales rep can’t get a product specified if the competition blows it out of the water. Additionally, networking is vital, both face to face and online.

On: Oct 26, 2018
Climate Change: It’s All About the Straws, Isn’t It?

Climate change is happening, despite the differing opinions and facts surrounding it. It’s become quite the divisive topic, eliciting passionate debates. It’s easy to understand why those in favor of climate change argue vehemently for it, but harder to understand why anyone would deny it. Maybe one of the reasons people deny it is because they don’t understand it, especially the difference between global warming and climate change.

On: Oct 12, 2018
Is Plastic the Next Trend in Green Building?

In The Three Little Pigs, three houses are built: one made of straw; one made of sticks; and then as we all know, the victor against the wolf, one made of bricks. Recently, while reading an article about the Dutch non-profit, The Ocean Cleanup, and subsequent articles about what to do with all the plastic it collects, I wondered how a house made of plastic would’ve fared against that wolf?