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Nick is an entrepreneurial and collaborative strategic marketing & public affairs professional who’s responsible for leading SchoolDude’s marketing efforts.
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Together with a talented team of passionate marketers, Nick & SchoolDude's Marketing Team are responsible for strategy, revenue generation, market research, client lifecycle management, web/community/social engagement, communications and public relations.
Mirisis serves on several education committees and Boards, including:
Member, Board of Directors: National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
Member, Board of Directors; The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
Member, Board of Directors; The Public School Risk Institute (PSRI)
Member, Information Systems Committee; ASBO International
Prior to SchoolDude, Nick served as the Vice President for Public Affairs and Executive Engagement at the North Carolina Technology Association. He also served as Senior Vice President and Communications Director for a nationally-recognized government affairs, public opinion and strategic communications firm in Arlington, Virginia, working for various Fortune 100 clients, including: American Express, AT&T, Boeing, Federal Express, Hospital Corporation of America, Merrill Lynch, and Exxon Mobil.
Nick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University and a Master’s degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University.
Sustainability is a growing concern among facility managers, and some have begun experimenting with natural and ecologically friendly building solutions as part of their effort to go green. Such vegetative structures and green building installations are still new and in many cases not widely understood. However, such fixtures have been found to provide significant benefit to the health of both the occupants and the overall building itself. If it's time to consider your capital planning maintenance operations, you may find green building installations to be of value to your school facility.
Building benefits Many administrators may balk at the cost associated with the installation and upkeep of natural systems, but institutions have recently implemented some measures with success. The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan recently partnered with local area high school students to install a rooftop garden as a vegetative roof system. The garden cost around $10,000 to install, but brings with it benefits to the building itself.
Such living roofs are instrumental in reducing storm water runoff, as water that would be flowing through drainage pipes and gutters is instead absorbed by the plants, which significantly reduces the load on the drainage system. Additionally, the layer of plants serve as extra insulation, reflecting heat in the summer months, which keeps buildings cooler, reducing spending on air conditioning and improving overall energy efficiency.
Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, such as filtering air to remove pollutants, a green roof can also extend the life of the roof, thus saving money down the road on corrective maintenance.
Health benefits Many living installations capitalize on the innate relationship people have with nature as a way to improve overall health. Some public institutions have implemented green parks, which have cropped up in highly urbanized areas as a means to improve health and quality of life for the community members, The Washington Post reported.
Providing people with green space is thought to improve health on a variety of fronts: areas for yoga, exercise and dance can help kids battle obesity and diabetes, two lifestyle-related conditions that have exploded into epidemic status in recent years. Especially in highly urbanized environments, air pollution, smog and dirty water runoff can create health risks that can be mitigated by plants, acting as an air and water filtration system.
There are important mental health benefits as well. Exposing people to more natural environments and natural light can be important steps in improving mental wellbeing, and may be instrumental in reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to an article from Harvard Health Publications.