Architect Robby Johnston Joins GTSD Awards Jury

Recognizing sustainable development in the Triangle region.

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Robby Johnston, AIA


Raleigh architect Robby Johnston, AIA, partner and founding principal of The Raleigh Architecture Company, will serve on the Judges’ Panel for the 2015 Greater Triangle Stewardship Development (GTSD) Awards program honoring sustainable developments in the Triangle region.

Johnston’s expertise in sustainable design and construction and his experience in managing LEED projects were noted as the reasons for inviting him to join the Judges Panel.

The GTSD Awards program recognizes residential, commercial, and public land developments that demonstrate outstanding environmental stewardship through protection, conservation, improvement, and appreciation of the region’s natural resources.

The Judges Panel includes professionals in engineering, natural resources sciences, planning, architecture, landscaping, and others. Johnston’s fellow jurors are: Katherine Baer, Triangle Land Conservancy; Becky Smith, HydroStructures; Megan Bolejack, Pittsboro Parks & Recreation Board; Robert Patterson, Town of Morrisville; Mitch Woodward, NC Cooperative Extension; Scott Pohlman, NC Natural Heritage Program; Nancy Guthrie, Clean Water Management Trust Fund; and Roger Henderson, Moffatt & Nichol.

Projects considered for a GTSD award must be located in Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, or Wake counties. The Judges Panel will conduct site visits on February 4 and the awards will be presented during a banquet on April 29.

For more information on the GTSD Awards, go to

For more information on Johnston and The Raleigh Architecture Company, visit

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Travel Photographer Andrew Ingersoll To Assist Conservation Scheme in Madagascar

The two-week expedition is run by the charity Azafady.

2011-06-13 (Sydney, Australia) – Andrew Ingersoll, a world traveller, professional

Andrew Ingersoll

nurse, and travel photographer for Rick Ingersoll’s blog “The Frugal Travel Guy,” has been accepted to participate in a two-week conservation expedition in Madagascar that is run by the charity Azafady.

On August 26, 2011, Ingersoll will depart from Sydney, where he has lived since 2008, to join Azafady’s Lemur & Biodiversity Research program in Madagascar, which will run through September 8.

“I’ve been lucky to have served in different volunteer settings in numerous places across America and am looking forward to volunteering in such a unique environment,” said Ingersoll, 30. Originally from Traverse City, Michigan (US), he has also worked as an evacuation and repatriation nurse in Australia and is currently pursuing a law degree at the University of New South Wales.

Azafady runs projects in rural southeast Madagascar supporting conservation, humanitarian and sustainable development projects. As part of the Azafady team, Ingersoll needs to raise a minimum donation of £600, or approximately $1000 USD, which will go to directly support Azafady’s work. A small proportion of that donation helps cover the volunteers’ food, training and travels in Madagascar.

Set in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and is recognized as one of the planet’s top conservation priorities. Eighty per cent of the island’s plant and animal species, including 71 species of lemur, are not found anywhere else on earth. For its Conservation scheme, Azafady works with Parc Botanique et Zoologique de Tsimbazaza (PBZT), the national botanical and zoological gardens of Madagascar, which is striving to be the leader in captive breeding of the nation’s primate species.

Andrew Ingersoll will work with the PBZT staff and with Azafady in the Fort Dauphin region of southeast Madagascar, an area that has been substantially deforested but retains fragments of some of the most important tropical forests in the world. The Conservation team’s work will concentrate in the littoral forest (close to the shore), a highly endangered coastal habitat.

Ingersoll is accepting donations to his target goal by phone (+4420 8960 6629) or through this direct link: . For more information on Andrew Ingersoll, visit and click on “Andrew Ingersoll: Photographer.”

For further information on Azafady and the Conservation scheme, visit

About the Conservation scheme:

The non-profit Azafady UK Conservation scheme was set up in 2009 to support the ongoing conservation projects of Azafady. It runs year-round and allows volunteers to be involved in all the different aspects of Conservation work through modular courses. All revenues generated above costs are donated to Azafady (registered UK Charity number 1079121). For further information contact Mark Jacobs, Managing Director, Azafady UK, 020 8960 6629.