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I’m an urban girl born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Starting my undergraduate career at the University of Toronto, I took an urban planning course to complete an Economic Geography degree. From that point on I was inspired, I wanted to make a difference in the urban/suburban areas of North America.

That first urban planning class led me to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. Sure the structural stuff was interesting but my passion lay in sustainability, transportation and systems engineering. When I left Western I began working in the foundations engineering industry. Uninspired and feeling like I was missing out, I started to look for something new. I now work as a transportation engineer.

Since starting at the Ministry of Transportation I’ve grown both personally and professionally. I started this blog in August 2008 and shortly after that started another degree. I am currently working towards finishing a Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) degree at the University of Toronto in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. My studies have focused on sustainability and leadership for the engineering community.

In the last few months I have completed two professional designations my LEED AP and my AVS. The LEED (Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design) AP is becoming quite well known within the environmental, engineering and building communities. As more LEED, environmentally friendly buildings are constructed I believe the knowledge and adaptation for LEED will grow. The AVS designation stands for Added Value Specialist under the value engineering umbrella. Value Engineering is a design review process that systematically looks to improve the “value” of goods or products and services by using an examination of function; value is increased by improving the function or decreasing the cost.

I continue to follow and write about the things that inspire me, the topics that will benefit our planet, and anything ‘cool’ I find along the way. The views, opinions and commentary are mine and not necessarily those of my employer.

I also help to edit the magazine for the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance of Ontario. We’ve revolutionized the magazine this year, put sustainable actions into practice and added some really cool digital features, find us at skiproontario.com. I work for their board of directors on a volunteer basis.I love skiing and all the great things about it; the outdoors, the value it brings to communities and the recreation it brings children and those still young at heart.

To get in touch with me email me at sasha[at]onthestreet[dot]com, follow me on twitter (@sgollish) or find my profile on linkedin.

Comments

Comment from kites
Time April 2, 2009 at 2:07 am

gollish, 1st time visitor (thanks to reidsy)…looking forward to exploring some more of your blog..i have some similar interests albeit without the expertise!

Comment from Arup
Time December 12, 2009 at 2:34 am

Nice to see someone making a personal effort to spread the word. Always looking to share and connect with like minded folks. check out betterplace.com and let me know what you think

Comment from Matthew
Time May 27, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Your blog is a great collection of interesting info… looking forward to exploring more of it! I notice that you and I have a lot in common… MTO EDP, U of T Civil M.Eng and a passion for sustainable transportation, only now I’m now working in consulting. Keep up the great work and good luck with all your efforts to make a difference!

Comment from YuanYan
Time July 25, 2010 at 9:41 am

A civilengineering student in China who want to learn from you!

Comment from Luigi
Time November 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Love it.

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