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Women in green building came together on March 8 with USGBC Minnesota to inspire one another for change.

On International Women’s Day (March 8), USGBC Minnesota gathered women active in green building to celebrate our collective power and inspire our future at the Women in Green Power Breakfast. Together, we reflected on what it means to be a community, how we create healthful and green spaces to come together and how we help one another be bold to create change.

The event featured framing remarks by Amy Skoczlas Cole, whose vision helped to create the event; a panel discussion featuring Eliza Clark of Andersen Corporation, Commissioner Shawntera Hardy of DEED, Jamie Johnson of the Center for Energy and Environment, Bonnie Keeler of the Institute on Environment and Joan Soranno of HGA. Attendees also participated in small-group discussions on the themes of equity, challenging ourselves to make connections with those outside of our immediate circles, speaking up, collaborating and empowering one another.

The conversation was made only more wonderful by the delicious food and beautiful surroundings of Esker Grove. We left ready to take on new challenges and planning to come together in the future to reaffirm our strength, our drive and our collective mission.

A few of the quotes during the program that inspired us to keep pushing forward as changemakers and to lead by example:

  • “There is no silver bullet. There’s only silver buckshot. So be a part of the bold glittery buckshot.” —Bonnie Keeler 
  • “We have to figure out how the conversation begins and ends with sustaining into the future. We are working for the seventh generation.” —Commissioner Shawntera Hardy
  • “Integration of nature and architecture is key.” —Joan Soranno
  •  “Move beyond the status quo and think forward.” —Jamie Johnson
  • “The intersection between the environment and health and wellness is really powerful.” —Eliza Clark

At the end of the program, Commissioner Hardy recounted an African proverb, “If you’ve ever tried to sleep in a tent with a mosquito, you know how something so small can disrupt your world,” reminding us to “be the mosquito” and challenging us all to “disrupt, make change, and be unapologetic about investing in our spaces and experiences.”

Thank you to our Women in Green sponsors, Wells Fargo, Valspar and MSR. 

View our photos of the event

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