USGBC Georgia: Emerging Professionals at the International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit
In March, volunteers from the USGBC Georgia Schools Committee and the Emerging Professionals helped put together a panel on sustainable career paths at the International Young Environmentalists Youth Summit (IYEYS) held at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Suzanne Haerther, from the Schools Committee, moderated the event while Emerging Professional members Tiffany Jones (Aviation Senior Facility Manager/Sustainability Compliance Officer, Atlanta Airport), Eileen Gohr (Sustainability Manager, Parmenter Realty Partners) and Ryan Cavanaugh (Architectural Intern, Niles Bolten Associates) took part. Also joining the panel were Scott Minos from the Department of Energy and Chris Castro, founder of the nonprofit IDEAS (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions).
Held every March, IYEYS, powered by Greening Forward, is an entirely youth-imagined, youth-driven and youth-executed summit aimed at providing young environmentalists the tools they need to take their campaigns to the next level. From youths who have started global organizations to youths who are leading school-based environmental projects, the summit is for everyone.
Panelists spoke to a group of over 100 students who traveled from across the country to take part in the summit. Students from middle school through college were in attendance and listened to the panel discuss “green” career paths. Students had a chance to engage the panelists and ask about how they could pursue careers with a sustainability focus. At the end of the panel, there was one poignant moment when a drama student asked how these career paths impacted them and the answer from all the panelists was that every career is tied to sustainability—you just have to understand how you can make an impact.
Many thanks go to Suzanne for moderating the event, as well as to Tiffany, Eileen and Ryan for taking the time to volunteer and help current students understand more about jobs that focus on sustainability.