The former CEO of Starkey Construction in Texas, Bill Starkey oversaw all operations at the high-end home and commercial building company. Dedicated to green construction, Bill Starkey of Montgomery, Texas, handled such things as material efficiency to promote sustainable building practices.
The building industry is responsible for consuming a large amount of natural resources, including water, energy, and wood. This impact on the environment continues after the building process is completed due to the normal operations of the building. For this reason, sustainable architecture is an essential part of promoting health and safety of both the environment and the people in and around the building.
This sustainability begins with the construction stage, when materials for the project are being sourced. Ideally, construction businesses want environmentally friendly materials, or green building materials. Such materials are produced and maintained with minimal impact to the environment.
However, material that is environmentally friendly is not always sustainable. Sustainable materials go beyond environmental impact and have a positive impact on communities, as well. They do not harm the health of those building or using the structure, and the people who obtain these materials are paid a living wage for safe and healthy work. Furthermore, sustainable materials are natural, like bamboo or sawdust, and are durable and reusable.
Montgomery, Texas, resident Bill Starkey oversaw operations at Starkey Construction from 1978 to 2015 as the CEO of the company. Outside of his professional endeavors, Bill Starkey has a range of personal interests, including diving. He is a Master Scuba Diver.
A designation granted by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Master Scuba Diver is the highest level that a recreational diver can earn through the organization. Applying for the Master Scuba Diver designation requires being at least 12 years of age and having a Rescue Diver certification. Applicants must also have completed a minimum of five PADI specialties and performed at least 50 dives.
Divemaster, meanwhile, is the initial training level required to become a paid professional diver or scuba diving instructor and is offered through PADI and other organizations, including Scuba Schools International (SSI) and the Rebreather Association of International Divers (RAID) that provide diver training.
To apply to become a Divemaster, PADI requires applicants to be at least age 18 and to have completed the Rescue Diver Certification and Emergency First Response (EFR) Training. Divemaster applicants must complete 60 logged dives, practical assessments, and an exam before becoming certified.