Newsmaker: Richard V. Piacentini
Noteworthy: Board members at the nonprofit International Living Future Institute in Seattle have picked Piacentini to serve a year as their secretary. A nonprofit group, the institute encourages sustainable building designs that have low environmental impact.
Residence: Squirrel Hill.
Family: Wife, Jan, and two children.
Occupation: Executive director at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Oakland.
Education: Piacentini earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island in 1977; a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1980; and a master's degree in botany from the University of Connecticut in 1984.
Background: Recruited to join Phipps in 1994, Piacentini had been the director at the Leila Arboretum in Battle Creek, Mich. He also serves on the board at the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. Piacentini will remain in his job at Phipps as he does work for the Living Future Institute.
Quote: “Places like Phipps can really serve a great purpose in showing how these kinds of (sustainable) lifestyles can be done. They're important. We can introduce people to these ideas because people come here for inspiration and learning.
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