January 30 2013

(The GRID Blogger) Finbar Gillen: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Finbar GillenA big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Finbar Gillen from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Finbar Gillen is an undergraduate student in Environmental Planning at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has a budding interest in urban planning and design and renewable energy developments. He is currently undertaking a voluntary placement in a private consulting firm which specializes in wind farm developments. He plans on obtaining a planning position within a renewable energy firm. His hobbies mainly revolve around sport and socializing with friends, though he has a keen interest in soccer and Gaelic football and plays for both local clubs. Finbar will be blogging about renewable energy schemes and how environmentally, socially, and financially viable they are. This is particularly relevant to Northern Ireland, where the government is aiming for 40% of their electricity to come from alternative energy sources by 2020. This figure currently stands in and around 10%. After attending a field-trip in Amsterdam this year his planning interests widened and has now a keen interest in elements that contribute to a healthy city; in particular bike policies.

Renée van Staveren

Renée van Staveren is the Founder of Global Site Plans. She holds a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She also holds a B.S. in Sustainable Community Development from Prescott College. Prior to establishing Global Site Plans and The Grid, Renée van Staveren was an Assistant Planner for A-M-M-A Transit Planning and the Program Director for Planet Green. You can find Renée blogging about featured environmental design firms, providing free website critiques, local events in Istanbul, Turkey, plus helping you achieve industry distinction through innovative discussions. Renée currently lives in Istanbul, Turkey; adding to the list of places she has traveled and lived.

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