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Indonesia economy growings thanks to Laney staff

By Natasha Forsberg - Tower Staff Writer
On April 20, 2012

New Laney webmaster Danny Beesley visited Indonesia for an economic re-engineering project this past Feburary.

  Beesley works for Caedz, a company that does international economic planning and specializes in an eco-sensitive approach. Caedz and Indonesia have been in a partnership since 2008 and are currently in the process of developing 33 brand new cities in Indonesia. These will be model green cities for the world to emulate and will start to appear within the next five years.

  The reason for the partnership, as Beesley explains, is because Indonesia seeks to improve its economic ranking. Indonesia is a country that is made up of thousands of islands, which puts them at risk for global warming potential.

  Master planning of city development, Beesley states, is one of the things that Caedz does best.

  Beesley has been with Caedz for eight years and previously worked for Green Building Exchange, which is based in Redwood City and is another eco-friendly organization.

  While at Green Building Exchange, Beesley had various tasks such as locating products, communicating with service providers, and representing the company through schools and other learning institutions. During this time, Green Building Exchange and Caedz formed a partnership, which is also how Beesley got his job at Caedz.

   When he's not working for Caedz, Beesley has a prominent role in the Green Job Team at Laney. He's also in charge of the "Sustainable Building Center" that promotes green living in housing construction.

  The program also teaches students about prefabricated construction and optimizing buildings while making the most efficient structure possible.

   Although this was his first time in Indonesia, Beesley had already planned to go at least five times in the past but other conflicts got in the way.

  This time around, he only got a two weeks' notice before his trip. His favorite part of the trip was meeting Indonesian politicians and others who his goals and ideas. Beesley admits that there still is much room for improvement, environmentally speaking.

  However, he also insists that while the project in Indonesia isn't exactly set in stone yet, it's still happening. "I'm very optimistic," Beesley says "because the government of Indonesia has shown that they are very interested in developing a green economy."

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