USGBC Georgia: Letter from the Georgia director's desk
It's official! I have just completed my first full week as the new Director of Community for USGBC Georgia. Although it has been packed with travel, training, major events and meetings, I am energized and thrilled to be part of the USGBC family.
I appreciate the warm welcome I have received from my colleagues at the Washington, D.C. headquarters, the Georgia board of directors and our volunteers. It makes me feel as if I am not a new hire and as though I have been a part of USGBC all along.
Through the passion and commitment of its volunteers, USGBC Georgia has taken a niche idea to a multi-million dollar industry in the state. This is an incredible legacy to inherit, and I am committed to doing the work to retain and grow our volunteer community. I look forward to getting to know our volunteers at upcoming Green Scene events and working with our branch leaders.
Moving forward, I realize we had challenges at the state capitol, but this will not stop USGBC Georgia from continuing to grow the green building industry in the state. Right now, there are well over 1000 projects under way in Georgia that will result in 148 million square feet of LEED-certified space. USGBC Georgia and our industry partners hope the Georgia General Assembly will follow the lead of businesses in adopting the triple bottom line benefits of sustainability, saving money and creating jobs that LEED presents.
Finally, it is not enough to just give thanks to Suzanne Hearther for her exceptional work planning and executing this week’s High Performance Healthy Schools recognition luncheon, which was attended by 200 people. It was inspiring to see Georgia educators and their students be the catalyst for real solutions to make schools healthier and more efficient. One can’t help but walk away from the event confident in our future. The best part was the idea sharing and networking among the educators and students that will likely result in another spectacular recognition luncheon next year.
Thank you again for welcoming me into the USGBC family. Now, let's get to work!