Sharon Prince is the Founder and serves as President of Grace Farms Foundation (Grace Farms) in New Canaan, Connecticut. The Foundation was created in 2009 with private operating funds. The vision for Grace Farms is to have a public space shared by not-for-profit organizations and individuals to engage with nature in a spirit of community, faith and justice. Ms Prince holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the same university. She received the Lives of Commitment Award in 2017 from Auburn Seminary and was privileged to be a Jury Member for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Awards in 2018.
Recently the work Sharon Prince Grace Farms and the Foundation have been doing at Grace Farms was outlined in the online publication Architectural Record (see: “Grace Farms Foundation Aims to Combat Modern-Day Slavery in Building Materials Supply Chain,” by: Miriam Sitz, September 4, 2019 https://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/14253-grace-farms introduces-initiative-to-combat modern-day-slavery-in-building-material-supply-chain ). Following are a few highlights from this piece.
The Foundation has brought together a number of leading professionals in design, architecture and engineering to create a bold, altruistic venture aimed at combating modern day slavery in the construction industry. In the article, Ms Prince notes that slave labor is used in the global supply chains that are utilized in this field to yield greater returns on investment. Her goal, and that of the Foundation, is to start a movement, through multiple channels, leading to more ethical building supply chains in the design and construction arena. She likens this effort to that of architects and builders to create more environmentally friendly plans, processes and finished results. A developed list of “slave-free” project guidelines aims to help engineers and construction professionals avoid materials coming from forced labor.
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