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The Mt. Lebanon Environmental Sustainability Board, chaired by Kathleen Hrabovsky, 53, of Mt. Lebanon, won third place in Pennsylvania American Water’s 2013 Community Investment Challenge.
By Timothy Puko
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 11:45 p.m.

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.

Age: 53

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.”

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