Shannon Crooker
3 minute read

See what's next for the Central Pennsylvania community.

The new year is moving fast. As many of our members know, we recently said goodbye to our USGBC Central Pennsylvania director, Heidi Kunka. Just as we are committed to transforming the built environment in our world, so, too, are we committed to our local community's vision. We've been reflecting on what that means, and wanted to offer an update on what's new.

What's next for GreenCon

Our annual conference, GreenCon, will be held on June 5 this year. It will be a little warmer and a little greener outside during that time of year, to match our enthusiasm for celebrating high-performing buildings that help lead to a higher quality of life. We’re excited to announce that Scot Horst, founding CEO of ArcSkoru, and one of the founders of our community, will be the keynote speaker in 2019.

Changes to GreenCon include making it easier for volunteers and members to coordinate in upcoming years. We will also host educational programs throughout the region and continue to develop strategic partnerships with local organizations.

We are honored to have Penn State Harrisburg serve as our GreenCon host for 2019. If you are interested in exhibiting, submitting a proposal to present, or need additional information, please contact us.

Partnerships in the region

Over the years, we have built strategic partnerships with other organizations in the region, such as AIA Pennsylvania CSI Central Pennsylvania and Green Building United, that help us expand our reach. Our members are committed to advocating for high-performing green buildings and will partner with AIA’s Subcommittee on the Environment, which stays on top of all statewide legislation that has the ability to impact our industry.

We will forge ahead in 2019 and leverage partnerships that support our mission in a reciprocal fashion. We know that we cannot transform our region alone, and look forward to collaborating as co-creators in this industry.

As for our volunteers, many have day jobs that focus on the transforming the built environment, enabling them to be familiar with green building and community development projects occurring throughout the region. We plan to recognize them for their leadership in the upcoming months.

Green growth in Central Pennsylvania

USGBC national has supported us during our transition period, sharing resources to plan educational programs that will further strengthen our region. There will also be networking opportunities aplenty.

As the region itself is transforming in front of our eyes, we see the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency leading the way in Passive House, while Dickinson College built its first LEED Platinum Residence Hall. Also, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, became the first in the state and the Northeastern U.S. to achieve LEED for Cities certification. We look forward to the completion of RE Farm, a regenerative Living Building Challenge project in State College that we'd like to tour. Our community is bustling with green buildings, and we look forward to sharing their stories with you over the next year.

Thank you for your commitment to USGBC Central Pennsylvania, and for all you do to further green building in our community.

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