How you can match your career with your convictions
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.