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Work Voices 13: Eve Olimpo, Sustainable Interior Designer

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
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Eve Olimpo

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Eve Olimpo is a native French speaker from Montreal, Canada, and has lived in the US for 12 years. She is an interior designer working at Inhabiture in Palo Alto, a retail outlet for an architectural company which specializes in sustainable design and construction – “ we create beautiful and healthy residential and commercial spaces.” Eve works with clients to explain options in terms of green design and advises them on sustainable furniture and furnishing, products that are selected for natural eco-friendly qualities.

As a mother with four children, Eve learned English by knowing how to get by in casual conversation. She describes how scared she felt not being able to understand the language when she went to college and had to learn technical terms and a more “professional” way to express herself. She joined the certificate program in the Interior Design Department at West Valley College followed by the LEED Internship Program.

Eve firmly believes it is never too late to learn and that there are many training programs on offer in her field. She is inspiring, having found a path which is not just about aesthetics, but also provides customers with products that are good for their health as well as for the environment. Clearly she is doing something she loves and feels passionate about.

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Category: Work Voices, Work Voices (Business), Work Voices (Green Tech)

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Maxine Einhorn is from London and has lived in the Bay Area for 12 years. She has worked in adult education in London,UK, for over twenty years as a tenured instructor and department manager. She has an MA in Film and TV from University of London and has taught, moderated and appraised academic work in film studies and media literacy at undergraduate and college level. She runs the ESL/ Post Secondary project at KQED which offers media-rich resources for and created by ESL educators.