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!
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.
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.