Meet Ted Bardacke, Senior Program Associate of our Green Urbanism Program, based in our Santa Monica office.
What would surprise us about your work?
How much time we spend walking the fine line between winning trust from our partners and getting them to work outside of their comfort zone.
Who is your hero?
I have people I admire — Bill McKibben, Aung San Suu Kyi, Michael Bloomberg, Jason McLennan — but no heroes. Heroes always disappoint and antiheroes are much more fun.
What has been your greatest success?
Proving that net zero energy affordable housing can be financed and built.
What about a failure or challenge?
Not being able to keep up with the pace of change in the world. Being deliberative and slowing down leads to better decisions with more long-term durability, but the world today doesn’t value slowness or deep thinking. We are worse off because of it.
Favorite green book?
“The Hanover Principles” by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. Part design brief, part philosophical manifesto, it is also highly readable and has stood the test of time.
Favorite green movie?
“In Our Own Backyard,” a documentary about the Love Canal released in 1983. I saw this while I was in high school and it made a big impression, probably similar to how people a generation earlier felt when they read “Silent Spring.”
Favorite way to spend a free day?
Swimming in the (warm) ocean. And then cooking a meal.
If you had the power to make one global and green change, what would it be?
Have everybody live walking distance from their work.