20 years of USGBC: Top 10 reasons I volunteer | U.S. Green Building Council
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This article is part of a series of stories from USGBC's community celebrating 20 years of green building triumphs. Take a walk down memory lane with USGBC, as we reflect on favorite moments and share memories from the last 20 years. Share your own green building triumphs using #USGBC20.

I started volunteering with the USGBC family in 2004 and haven’t stopped since. Here are the top 10 reasons I've volunteered, and continue to do so, for this great organization:

Reason #10: The length of the organization’s term limits are generous
Reason #9: USGBC’s values align with my values
Reason #8: It gives me an opportunity to contribute to the green building profession
Reason #7: I get addicted to great things
Reason #6: I constantly learn from my volunteer experience
Reason #5: I have gained, and continue to gain, new skills from my volunteer experiences
Reason #4: The work required of this volunteer-driven organization is very rewarding
Reason #3: The connections I have made, and continue to make, are invaluable
Reason #2: USGBC staff are amazing!
Reason #1: My fellow volunteers are amazing!

Some of My Favorite USGBC Volunteering Memories

Next year I’ll begin my second decade of volunteering for the USGBC family. As I reflect on my first decade of volunteering, some fond memories come to mind. After all, this organization has seen me through the birth of all three of my kids, who are now at the ages of 6, 3 and 1.

My first USGBC volunteer experience was for the local host committee for Greenbuild 2006 in Denver, Colorado. During my tenure on this committee I had the great fortune of meeting and working with Kimberly Lewis. Kimberly and I, along with many others, planned the local host committee’s Welcome Gala. I had never planned a party before, and boy was it fun! Little did I know, I would remain friends with Kimberly for years to come. To this day, she still asks to see pictures of my kids every time I talk to or see her!

I created other invaluable friendships during my first experience, including Annette Stelmack, Amy Jiron, Gwen Gilley, Jim Bradburn and many more. These friendships, along with the opportunities to develop and grow, kept me coming back for more. I “graduated” to serving on the Board of Directors for USGBC Colorado, to Chair of the West Regional Committee, to member of the Chapter Steering Committee and finally Chair of the Education Steering Committee.

I can’t wait to find out where the next decade of volunteering for the USGBC family will take me. Perhaps I’ll do it all over again!

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