Long Beach Branch
Global warming and depletion of our natural resources are having an alarming affect on our environment and our natural habitats. In the U.S., buildings are responsible for almost half (48%) of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually; globally the percentage is even greater. We as design professionals need to do our part in promoting buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. I believe that by collaborating with the key players in this sector, we can promote energy efficient and environmentally responsible building designs that will result in the reduction of these greenhouse gas emissions and prevent depletion of our natural resources.
As charge of the membership committee for the Long Beach Chapter, I would collaborate with key personnel in the various organizations and educational sectors in Long Beach to promote the mission of USGBC in the local community, promote/increase the Chapter’s individual membership and relationship in the local community, promote use of LEED tools as benchmarks, manage general services for the members of the chapter and protect member benefits. As design professional, I would also forge energy efficient and sustainable building designs in the local community by promoting renewable energy sources and effective and affordable innovative technologies.
Aravind Batra Long Beach Branch Membership Chair
Meg Beatrice is a licensed Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and Principal at Architecture M Incorporated with over twenty years of professional experience. In addition to her work as Chair of the USGBC Long Beach Branch, she serves on the Board of City Fabrick, and is actively involved with the Greater Long Beach YMCA.
Meg has a dual background in business and architecture, and advanced through several financial positions culminating in financial controller before returning to school to complete a Master’s degree in Architecture. This combination of skills enables her to design solutions that provide for a sound return on investment for her clients.
Meg is passionate about green building, and her work includes many innovative technologies such as extensive daylighting and irrigated vertical gardens. Her experience in the architectural industry includes a considerable range of services in addition to traditional architectural work, including sustainable renovation, financial feasibility analysis, master planning, space planning, interior design and construction management.
Aravind Batra is a Senior Electrical Engineer and Principal at Long Beach based P2S Engineering. There he heads-up P2S’s Educational Division. Aravind has over eighteen years of experience in consulting engineering and has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2003.
Aravind is involved with master plans, utility infrastructure upgrade projects, renovations and new building community colleges and a variety of private and public universities. Aravind has an in depth knowledge of electrical systems and their requirements and is the in-house expert on photovoltaic and alternative energy solutions. Outside of his efforts to bring about the USGBC-LA Long Beach Branch, he is also affiliated with the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).
He has served as a past Treasurer for the Los Angeles Chapter of AEE. Prior to joining P2S, Mr. Batra served as a Technical Marketing Manager for Raychem Corporation in India. While employed there, he was involved in technical support and marketing of high-voltage power cable splices, end joints and insulation products. Aravind holds a Bachelor Degree from Bangalore University in India. In addition to being a LEED AP, Aravind is a licensed electrical engineer (PE) and a certified lighting designer (LC).
Erika Martin is part of the Construction Management Team at the Port of Long Beach where she is responsible for Coordinating division-wide internal controls related to construction project scheduling, resource allocation/assignments, constructability reviews and special projects.
Previously Erika was a Project Manager with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency where she managed a range of redevelopment projects including new building construction, adaptive reuse of industrial warehouses into creative office, open space development and infrastructure improvements within the City. Independently, she manages a number of multi-family housing units.
Erika holds two Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California in Planning and Public Administration with concentrations in sustainable development and local government. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Planner.
Lance Collins is a licensed architect in the state of California, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor with over 10 years of professional experience. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Mr. Collins professional experience encompasses urban design, architecture and sustainable design with projects experience in all scales ranging from master planning, commercial office development, mixed-use residential, institutional, to single family residential. Mr. Collins has formerly been a Project Manager with Studio One Eleven, a Senior Designer with HOK and part of the design staff at Moore, Ruble, Yudell Architects