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How you can match your career with your convictions

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What makes Emerging Professionals (EPs) the future of USGBC?

This is a quick story about how I’m matching my career and my convictions, and how you can, too!

My EP journey started several years ago when I volunteered at a USGBC-Georgia Chapter event and met a fellow EP who invited me to an upcoming event. I went from attending a few EP events, to playing a volunteer role on the EP committee, to becoming chair of the EP group in Atlanta. Over time, I met amazing volunteers in Atlanta, which has led to new colleagues and lasting friendships of like-minded individuals.

Last year, I was asked to become the Emerging Professionals Regional Community Liaison for Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky. Kentucky? What did I know about EPs in Kentucky? I decided to take a chance and accept the invitation to attend USGBC’s Mid-Year Meeting in Indianapolis to learn more. Taking on this role has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.

In Indianapolis, I met fellow EPs from all over the country and learned about USGBC’s goal to grow EP membership exponentially in order to advance their mission of green buildings for all. Over the past year, I've gotten to know each of my local EP leaders in Georgia, Alabama, and Kentucky. I look forward to reaching out to them to hear about what they've been up to, what plans they have for the future, and what roadblocks prevent them from reaching their goals. I also facilitate dialogue among the local leaders in my region to keep them connected to the larger network and vision.

Vision for a network

USGBC has a vision for a network of millennials across the country that work together to advance project-based sustainability programming and generate change within their communities.

Being an Emerging Professional offers more than networking opportunities and advancing a career in sustainability. It also means sharing a set of core values that go beyond the workplace.

Apply to be an EP Regional Community Liaison

Do you share a passion engaging millennials in the green building movement? Do you want to become your region’s expert on USGBC and create meaningful relationships with EP local leaders? Then apply to be an EP Regional Community Liaison today!

Applications close August 24, 2014, at 11:59 pm.

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Meghan Shannon

Senior LEED Specialist

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EPNC Past-Chair, Interior Designer, HGA Architects and Engineers
We need more hard-working volunteers like Meghan to make a difference in this movement. Having been involved with USGBC at a national level for the past two years, I not only have been able to expand my network exponentially and develop skills that have helped grow my career, I have also been part of the solution, which is an incredible reward. I highly recommend people apply to the positions that are open - join us!
Owner/Principal, Better Building Works, LLC, USGBC - Southwest Virginia Chapter
Meghan: Thanks so much for all of your energy and smart input at our USGBC Southeast Region Face to Face this past weekend! We are so thrilled that 'this generation' includes leaders like you.

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