Rebuilding Haiti Together Sustainably.

Who We Are

Mary Alford – President

Mary Alford is a professional engineer and the Principal of The Sustainable Design Group, an architectural and engineering firm that specializes in reduced carbon footprint design of towns, neighborhoods, homes and mixed use buildings through infill, innovation, and the creative use of space and place.

Mary is a sixth generation Floridian who was inspired to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering later in life as she watched the degradation of ecosystems, the poisoning of springs, rivers and beaches, and the urban sprawl that began spiraling out of control. She has worked in those industries with the highest carbon footprints to help them improve – including water and wastewater treatment and the power generation industry. ¬†She currently serves as President of the US Green Building Council’s Heart of Florida Chapter. She sees Barrels of Hope and similar disaster relief programs as integral to a humane and sustainable response to global climate change events.

Michael Amish – Executive Director

Michael Amihs is co-founder of INDIGOGreen BUILDING Solutions a sustainable building supply company in Gainesville, FL with a mission to bring more sustainable building solutions to North Central Florida.

Michael is also co-founder of CREx (Carbon Reduction and Energy Exchange), an initiative of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Earth Givers which seeks to help musicians, artists and festivals green their projects, tours, and operations through socially responsible and community-based carbon reductions and energy solutions.

Michael  holds a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in American Studies, currently serves as board president for the 501(c)(3) non profit Sustainable Alachua County, is a class 2 Energy Rater in the State of Florida, as well as a certified Green House Gas Inventory Quantifier, an FGBC Certifying Agent, and a LEED GA.

Ryan S. Scott – Director of Operations

With a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Acoustics and several years of professional design and engineering experience in the manufacturing industry, Ryan brings a fresh and creative approach to problem solving and project management. Ryan is interested in bringing appropriate technology, such as earth-bag houses, to the developing and post-disaster world.