All about Green Building with Alan Traugott

About the Episode

In this episode, we are honored to have Alan Traugott share with us his green building journey. Alan is one person who has a rich history and quite a different path from what many people have had.

Back in high school, Alan was interested in oceanography. The most amazing thing about Alan’s journey is the fact in every step of his life; he has had a helping hand. He has worked with a good number of mentors, and he is currently a mechanical partner at CJL Engineering.

Key Talking Points 

  • Getting to know Alan
  • Alan’s journey into building engineering
  • CJL Engineering and Alan’s role there
  • Alan’s proudest achievements
  • The future of green building movements
  • Alan’s words of encouragement
  • The bucket list

Key Milestones of the Episode

[01:24] Getting to know Alan

[02:29] The beginning of Alan’s career

[04:06] Transitioning into building engineering

[15:23] Joining CJL Engineering

[19:32] Alan’s proudest achievements

[21:42] The future of green building movement according to Alan

[31:40] Effects of greenhouse emissions

[38:31] Encouragement for someone jumping into this green building movement

Key Quotes from the Episode

“Learn what you’re good at, and learn how you can make that contribution.”

“Have confidence in your own abilities and ideas that you can go out and do something.”

“It’s about persistence, determination, and basically not taking no for an answer.”

“How you communicate and can make something accessible to people is important.”

“Communications and writing is an incredibly important skill set to have.”

“Every person’s efforts can make a difference for change.”

“As the ocean absorbs more CO2, it becomes more acidic.”

“CO2 lives in the atmosphere somewhere between 50 and 800 years.”

Key Resources

The fifth center for sustainable landscapes

The power of one- Bryce Courtenay

An American Life- Ben Franklin

Learn More about Alan Traugott

Alan is a partner at CJL Engineering. He has professional designations including LEED Fellow and LEED AP BD+C. Alan believes that the most exciting thing is a good idea, but thinks his specialty is being able to translate technical issues and make them accessible to lay people.

Additionally, Alan says his confidence has helped him figure things out and bring value; he is not afraid to jump into unknown situations and this has contributed to his success.


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