An “Above and Beyond Volunteer” makes an impact in her community
This month, Erin Wages was recognized as one of USGBC’s Above and Beyond Volunteers – volunteer leaders whose contributions have led to outstanding achievements for the green building community.
Erin became the chair of the Emerging Professionals Committee of the USGBC Central Plains Chapter after serving as the committee’s vice chair the previous year when the Emerging Professionals were getting reinvigorated within the chapter. According to Harriet Grindel, the chapter’s chair, “Erin has helped guide the USGBC Central Plains Emerging Professionals to find new project types and help define and support the chapter’s interests over the past year. Her guidance has led the chapter to find new ways to engage with the community.” Erin also serves on the chapter’s board of directors, representing the Emerging Professional voice. Under her leadership, Emerging Professionals of the Central Plains Chapter have:
- Hosted numerous learning and engagement tours, including a bike tour of sustainable arts, architecture, and food in the Crossroads Arts District, a bicycle maintenance class and tours of a sustainable winery and a local dairy
- Coordinated a volunteer day with Farm Guys as part of a chapter initiative focused on community gardening. After volunteering on an urban farm, participants were treated to lunch and a tour of their urban farms and community gardens – geared to inspire them about the possibility of small spaces and small budgets
- Partnered with young professionals from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Air & Waste Management Association
- Started an annual pub crawl
According to Matt Murphy, Emerging Professionals Regional Recruitment Chair, “this is a lot for anyone to take on and Erin has done so with great leadership, dedication, and enthusiasm. She needs to be recognized for it!” Thank you, Erin!
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