We are excited to begin profiling some of our members so that we can share our brilliant network and create opportunities for members to connect and collaborate. Our first feature is on Breanna Gribble, Senior Resilience Manager at STV. Thanks Breanna for sharing your thoughts with us!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Breanna Gribble. I’m STV’s (first!) Senior Resilience Manager in the New York City office. In my role, I advise on resilience and sustainability projects, research resilience thinking and translating theory to practice, and strategize how to embed resilience and sustainability principals into all the work we do.
Why did you join ICSI?
I joined ICSI in November 2019 because I truly believe in the value engineers bring to making our cities resilient. My participation in the action tracks is fueled by my enthusiasm to ‘be in the room’ with these incredible thought leaders. I’ve found a real sense of community with the members of ICSI.
What is the relevance of sustainable and resilient infrastructure for your day-to-day role?
At STV I have the privilege on working on everything from large flood-resilient infrastructure projects, to developing sustainability management programs for bus terminals. Any project I touch I try to communicate the resilience dividend and urgency of mitigating and adapting to the climate crisis.
What contribution can you make to transformative change for our infrastructure systems?
I think I have a unique voice in our community shaped by my experience and training in the arts. I’ve danced for 30 years and played the cello for 10 years. I appreciate the incredible capacity arts and education have for shaping culture. Transformational change demands a shift in culture or ways of thinking. I hope that by being a diligent student of resilience thinking, an artistic expresser, and an authentic and honest person, I can shape our urban infrastructure systems and effect my sphere of influence.
What has been your favourite sustainability or resilience project of the last year (yours or someone else’s)?
I recently read about the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and it sounds amazing! As I understand it, it’s the first certified Living Building in the Southeast of its size. It regenerates more electricity than it uses, reduces stormwater runoff, and manages its own wastewater onsite. I think it’s incredibly inspiring to see regenerative projects built – it gives me hope.
What sustainability and resilience guidance, tool, or standard do you use most frequently or are most anticipating in the coming months?
The New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency Climate Resilient Design Guidelines lays out the climatic challenges facing New York City well. The framework presented for approaching these issues is organized concisely. I find myself referencing the appendices of the guidelines often in my work.
What leadership measures has your organisation taken to promote sustainability and resilience/decarbonisation/life cycle considerations/etc.?
From a societal sustainability perspective, STV has recently formed their inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council and I’m proud to serve as a member. Our collective commitment to create a diverse and inclusive culture at STV is an extension of our ideals and values as a company. We hope to continue to create positive change for our employees, our communities, and our work.
What are you looking forward to this year? Personally, or professionally.
Honestly, now that I’m vaccinated, I can’t wait to see my friends and family. This past year has really taught us what it takes to be mentally resilient. I hope to celebrate the successes of science with a glass of champagne or two!
What is the one thing you commit to changing this year?
On a personal level, I’m committed to reducing my waste and buying responsibly. I want to be part of the consumer-driven pressure on companies to source, manufacture, and sell more responsibly.
What does this photo tell us about what matters to you?
I got engaged in 2020! It may have been a global pandemic, but we made the most of it.