Newsmaker: Kathleen Hrabovsky
Noteworthy: Hrabovsky chairs the Mt. Lebanon Environmental Sustainability Board, which finished third in Pennsylvania American Water's Community Investment Challenge. The group received a $300 grant for its Energy Camels Project. Six students from Mt. Lebanon High School are leading the project, which involves building camels as lawn ornaments. The camels would be placed in the yards of people who implement plans to save water or energy. The idea is intended to be a fun way to promote conservation.
Residence: Mt. Lebanon
Occupation: Architect and owner of K.A.H. Architects in Mt. Lebanon
Background: Hrabovsky has worked in New York and Chicago, primarily on residential and retail projects. She specializes in custom residential construction and commercial interiors, and teaches sustainable and green design at Chatham University. She was on Mt. Lebanon School District's utility management team in 2011. Her son Andy Oppenheimer, 15, developed the Energy Camels idea. The group of student project leaders is recruiting art and design students to build two herds of five camels from weather-resistant materials.
Education: Hrabovsky graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in architecture. She received a master's degree in sustainable design from CMU in 2010.
Quote: “It's just a casual way to engage residents in a positive way with something that's sort of fun. ... If we can make change enjoyable and have it not cost any money, then they're more willing to change. And we're not necessarily talking about implementing enormous change. It could be a simple as turning off your faucet or lights.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- National Weather Service predicts up to 7 inches of snow before Sunday night
- Burial set for remains of World War II soldier from Perrysville
- Faithful stand together in Wilkinsburg
- More departments in region eye equipping officers with Narcan to treat overdoses
- Region tied 81-year-old record low Saturday
- McCandless mortgage broker company president charged with bank fraud conspiracy
- New Monroeville Mall policy aims to tame teen shoppers
- Port Authority focusing on natural-gas bus fleet for proposed rapid transit line
- Pittsburgh police chief: Officers, public must unite against violence
- Black Pittsburghers still challenged in education, workforce, housing
- Gun-free school zones cut number of Mt. Lebanon baiting sites for deer culling in half