Ashleigh Lutz-Nelson is the Assitant Curator of Carnivores at the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens. She talks about her work with native, rescued, and rehabilitated carnivores species currently in the Zoo's care and discusses the critical role of zoos and aquaria in field conservation. MKThink is currently serving as the Zoo's strategic planning partner in reimagining its role as a center for conservation and in advancing its mission—“Connect, Care, Conserve.”
Jim Maskrey is an Associate Specialist, Building Energy Management at the Hawai'i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), a dedicated research arm of the University of Hawai'i. Since 2011, MKThink has been collaborating with HNEI on research initiatives focused on net zero energy buildings. Maskrey discusses comparative studies conduced on Project Frog mixed-mode net zero energy buildings on Oahu and Kauai.
Signo Uddenberg, Director of Innovation at MKThink, discusses understanding business challenges through the lens of the built and natural environments. The studio develops new approaches to problem solving through logic sets, frameworks, and the testing and deployment of sensor technologies.
Strategist Josh Jackson discusses MKThink’s work with the Hawai’i Department of Education to develop strategies to sustainably cool schools across the state. The strategies are grounded in data, collected to understand why certain rooms, schools, or regions are hotter or cooler than others. Using data helps the district to make smarter investments, in an equitable way, to ensure the greatest impact.
Principal Nate Goore discusses MKThink’s work with the University of Manoa at Hawai’I to develop a facilities strategy that advances the school’s academic mission. The process starts with an in depth inventory of campus facilities and a study of the utilization patterns. Now in the planning phase, the team is analyzing the data to identify opportunities to improve utilization and in turn, academic outcomes.