Magdiel Aguilar

For the past seven years USGBC has made Greenbuild accessible to people who would otherwise not be able to attend through a scholarship program. At last year’s Greenbuild, 156 individuals received some type of scholarship to Greenbuild. Scholarship recipients represent a diversity of people from around the world. Each has a story to tell. Each brings their own passion to their work. Each has a role to play in making green buildings and communities a reality for all.

As we lead up to Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, D.C., we will highlight a handful of the awesome individuals who joined us in New Orleans last year. We welcome these folks to the USGBC community and encourage you to follow their stories.

What is your hometown? Miami, Florida

Where do you live now? Tampa, Florida

Did you represent any USGBC partner organizations as a scholarship recipient? ACE Mentor Program

Tell us a little about yourself. I have been living in Tampa for most of my life, and started to get interested in sustainable design when I entered high school and enrolled in the STEM program. The projects that I would work on in my senior year for my civil engineering and architecture class all involved aspects of sustainable design, like PV generation and rain harvesting. I really got into the green movement after hearing about Greenbuild, attending the conference and seeing all the different ways that we can help the environment on personal and professional levels. I am going to major in Civil Engineering, and get credits in sustainability so that they both can go hand-in-hand in the projects that I work on. ACE had a major impact in my decision about what field I would work in, and the connections I would make among fellow engineers.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? I would invite my close friends and family.

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? I would definetly be Thor!

What drove you to apply for the Greenbuild scholarship? I received an email from ACE representatives and so I was curious as to what Greenbuild is. After some research, I was very curious and liked the concept of all these people and companies coming together to talk about sustainability and green building. I was hesitant about applying, but I figured I had nothing to lose and much to gain. After waiting and waiting to see if I got accepted, I received the email of acceptance and I was psyched! I was going to Greenbuild for the first time!

The thing that inspired me the most at Greenbuild was: the idea behind it, and the people supporting this idea.

The most interesting thing I learned at Greenbuild was: biophilia and net-zero nutrients.

The most fun I had at Greenbuild was: going to the showroom floor, and then going out to the Greenbuild Celebration event at the Superdome.

The coolest person I met at Greenbuild was: Ryan SnowZach Bradby, and Armando Barragan.

What are your next steps or aspirations after attending Greenbuild? I am taking steps to green my life, and trying to be more active in the community by going green. I am currently working on a presentation for the Head of Sustainability for my school to implement biophilic design elements on campus, and I am recycling all the boxes and magazines from my local Kingdom Hall where I worship. I want to be more involved in my local chapter of the USGBC and see what I can do to help out around Tampa Bay with the Tampa Bay Estuary Program. I have a lot that I want to do, especially since Tampa is in danger because of climate change.  I want to steer Tampa to take more measures in greening the city so that it can be a leader in trying to help the environment so that it can grow and prosper for many more generations.

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