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This, That, And The Other Thing

By Randy Banks, Vice President, Client and Community Engagement

THIS: COLLABORATOR, CONNECTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE 

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi Answers Strang’s 1-2-3 Question©

New Holland Pavilion on the Alliant Energy Center Campus. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Dane County would give $6 million to bolster Second Harvest's Foodbank operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keeping our safe personal distance, SyncMAGAZINE recently spoke with Dane County Executive, Joe Parsi. Amongst the countless responsibilities before him,  the County Exec graciously agreed to answer our 1-2-3 Questions©:

  1. What is one thing you’ve learned about yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  2. What two things do you miss most as of late?
  3. What are the first three things you will (likely) do when its safe to reemerge into society?

As of late, Mr. Parisi has helped bring together the necessary human and financial resources to provide $6 million to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, then helping to link the food bank with Dane County Dairy and Pork Producers, Dane County Farmers’ Market and Fairshare CSA Coalition.

In addition, he has facilitated collaboration amongst city, county, and federal officials to marshal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support the local public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes a recently announced $10 million eviction relief fund for owed rent, security deposits, and wrap-around services for eligible residents as part of the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program.

SO, HOW DID MR. PARISI ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS?

What is one thing you’ve learned about yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic?

“I feel personally responsible for the well-being of every person in this community”.

What two things do you miss most as of late?

Simple, everyday interactions with people”
“Seeing people on the streets and going in and out of local businesses”.

What are the first three things you will (likely) do when its safe to reemerge into society?

“Get a haircut, frequent local businesses and restaurants, personally check in with programs, partners, and county staff across the community. Yes, I'm a workaholic”.

Thank you, Mr. Parisi for taking time to consider our questions. Thanks too for all that you and your staff do within the Greater Capital Region. Your collective leadership and contributions are sincerely appreciated.

THAT: THE KAYAKS ARE BACK

Personal Distancing on the Water

Peter and Rachael with a team of Strang’rs on Lake Wingra

Every year, three weeks after the ice melts you’ll find Peter Tan, our Chief Design Officer kayaking on area waterways. Peter is a true advocate for this “silent sport”. Accordingly, he has recruited colleagues to join him and his wife Rachel as they slice across the water. This year he’s joined by other members of the Strang family looking to reconnect with coworkers – at safe distance.

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What started informally is now often a weekly occurrence with various Strang’rs of all skill levels meeting when they can. But not to worry, everyone is still staying a safe distance of (at least) six feet apart. After all, social distancing is a bit of a misnomer as it’s physical distance we should be striving for. There are still ways to stay social and safe right now, you just might have to get a little creative. It takes some outside-of-the-box thinking to keep up morale in a virtual office but there are still ways to give people that meaningful social contact.

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And a beautiful, sunny lake is a great option to do so. Unlike many of the bike paths or parks, the lake is a nice and big, uncrowded, recreational area where your voice easily carries as everyone paddles six feet apart.

So, if you’re yearning for a little social interaction this weekend, invite your friends, coworkers, or family for a socially distanced date at Lake Wingra. There are several area outfitters who will give you a beginner’s lesson and rent the necessary equipment. If you do get out there, keep an eye out for Alec as he attempts a kayak roll…

THE OTHER THING:

Summit Credit Union Headquarters Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

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Summit Credit Union Headquarters achieved LEED silver certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Green buildings allow companies to operate more sustainably and give the people inside them a healthier, more comfortable space to work.

Buildings are responsible for an enormous amount of global energy use, resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and have a significant impact on our personal health and well-being. Green buildings allow us to live and work more sustainably– in your health, the air you breathe, the water you drink. They offer us a better quality of life, while also lowering global carbon emissions, reducing electricity and water bills, and creating new green jobs.

“Summit Credit Union truly showed a dedication to sustainability in the design and construction of their Headquarters building. Starting with their conscientious decision to build on land that would not create a negative environmental impact, they further showcased their sustainable site by offering electric vehicle charging stations and plenty of bike storage to encourage alternate transportation. Through thoughtful design, the building was able to achieve a 32% cost savings in energy use plus a 35% decrease in potable water consumption. A thorough building commissioning process was also executed to ensure energy-consuming systems are operating to their optimal levels. Strict recycling and waste management guidelines mitigated the impact on the environment while careful selection of building materials and ongoing operational procedures place importance on occupant health.”

Katie Lowery, Director of Integrated Control Systems, Strang

We at Strang are pleased that Summit Credit Union Headquarters earned LEED certification. Sustainable design is a strong component of Strang’s work. We have been guiding clients toward incorporating the most sustainable building materials and practices well before the LEED process was initiated. Through integrated sustainable design, we can maximize the quality of the building, the environment it creates, minimize impact to the natural environment, and create added value for our clients.