Kirsten Swanson

Meet Monika Sobon and Collin Tataeishi, two of this year's Greenbuild scholarship recipients.

Every year, USGBC offers scholarships to make Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend. 88 individuals received a scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2016 in Los Angeles. Scholarship recipients represent a diverse group of people from around the world who share a passion for USGBC’s vision. Each one has a story to tell and a role to play in making green buildings and sustainable communities a reality for all.

As we lead up to Greenbuild 2017 in Boston, we will highlight a handful of the awesome individuals who joined us in Los Angeles for Greenbuild. We welcome these folks to the USGBC community!

Monika Sobon

Hails from: Cracow, Poland

Sustainability background: I am an architect from Cracow, Poland, with three years of professional experience and an ambition to develop my career with a focus on sustainable design. Recently, I started pursuing a PhD in architecture with an emphasis on sustainable and health-focused design at the Cracow University of Technology. I currently work in a Cracow-based architectural company on the executive project of a building seeking LEED Platinum status in Cracow. My adventure with sustainable design began in 2015, with the Sustainable Architecture and Construction postgraduate course at the Cracow University of Technology, where I learned about LEED certification.

Most fun part of Greenbuild: Engaging with sustainability professionals from all around the world and exploring Los Angeles at night with them.

Next steps: I wish to become an architect who focuses on sustainability and design for health. I live in the beautiful city of Cracow that is also famous for its air pollution and smog, and I wish to contribute to making this city a healthier place. I want to become a sustainability professional and educator to advance the green building movement in my country. My main goal in the near future is to become a LEED Green Associate in 2016 and a LEED AP BD+C professional in 2017. I also want to conduct research on sustainable and health-focused design as part of my PhD studies. 

Collin Tateishi

Hails from: Los Angeles, California

Sustainability background: I found USGBC through my work in affordable housing and community development. I am very interested in both building and neighborhood-scale solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. Also, I have a growing interest in rural housing. I hold a master's degree in urban and regional planning from UCLA and a bachelor's of science in city and regional planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. My main interests are housing, real estate development and finance,and green urbanism. 

Most fun part of Greenbuild: Networking.

Next steps: I plan to share notes and key takeaways with my colleagues, take the LEED AP Homes exam in 2017, and join my local USGBC community.

If you're interested in applying for a scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2017 in Boston and want to stay in the loop, fill out this quick form.

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