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NMSU architect named to U.S. Green Building Council local chapter board

Michael Rickenbaker, New Mexico State University architect and director of facilities planning and construction, has been selected to the board of the newly formed Chihuahuan Desert Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The naming of Rickenbaker to the board is significant as New Mexico State University takes another step in honoring its commitment to becoming a "climate neutral" campus.

"New Mexico State University is stepping up to the challenge presented to us by President Martin to aspire to become a climate neutral campus," said Ben Woods, senior vice president for planning, physical resources and university relations. "Michael Rickenbaker will be a key figure in our efforts and his selection to this prestigious board helps ensure we are extending our reach to the broader region."

"The U.S. Green Building Council is a respected organization that was principally established to promote sustainable design," Rickenbaker said. "NMSU joined the organization as a means of complying with the governor's executive order on building green and President Martin's signing of the climate neutrality commitment. By having one of its employees serve on the board of the local chapter, NMSU is showing it's not just 'talking the talk,' but it's 'walking the walk.'"

Rickenbaker joins six other people on the board, ranging from other architects to contractors to interior designers. He said board members' roles and positions still need to be defined and organizational questions need to be resolved. Most meetings probably will be held in El Paso because that's where most board members live, Rickenbaker said. However, he noted that he will try to host at least one meeting on the NMSU campus and that the board is looking into the potential of online meetings, too.

After eight years as director of facility planning for Southeastern Louisiana University, Rickenbaker joined NMSU as a university architect and director of facilities planning and construction in September 2004. He also served 10 years as project architect in the Campus Planning Department at North Carolina State University. Rickenbaker is a graduate of the School of Design at North Carolina State University and has a master of architecture degree from Clemson University.