Earlier this year, when ENR Editor-at-Large Nadine M. Post was briefing the videographers on Award of Excellence winner Jeffrey M. Baker and his project, she described his accomplishment and its significance. But when asked, she couldn’t describe the man. That was because she had not yet met Baker. Photo: Don Cudney Bonded over a mutual disdain for waste. “He didn’t disappoint,” says Post. During her time with Baker—reporting the cover story that starts onp. 46—she learned they share many values. For example, both Baker and Post have little tolerance for waste and both go around turning lights off to save
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