Siriane Lawless

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? Portland, OR

Where do you live now? Montreal, Canada

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

Tell us a little about yourself. I am a senior structural engineering student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. At McGill, I am part of the executive council of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers (CSCE) and the captain of the women's lacrosse team. I am fluent in French, love to ski, and hope to sail the seas with my basic keelboat license. I played the violin for 10 years, but haven't touched one in three years, so I really need to get back into it. Finally, I am very passionate about green building and want to incorporate it into my future career.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence and Jimmy Fallon.

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Does Kiki the Witch count?

What drove you to apply for the Greenbuild scholarship? I wanted to learn more! I only had a glimpse of green building from my involvement with the ACE Mentor Program and didn't know much about USGBC and LEED. I wanted to know what the big fuss was all about! In Portland's ACE program I got to learn about some LEED-certified building projects and what had been incorporated to achieve LEED certification. I wanted to go to Greenbuild to get more in-depth information, meet like-minded people, and be inspired!

The thing that inspired me the most at Greenbuild was: the closing plenary. David Brooks summed up the gratifying feeling I had from the whole week.

The most interesting thing I learned at Greenbuild was: how much USGBC has grown. One session I went to tried to sum up all that USGBC had done around the world. That session obviously ran out of time.

The most fun I had at Greenbuild was: the Opening Celebration! Inspirational speakers like Paul Hawken and jazz by Trombone Shorty were the best ways to open a conference.

The coolest person I met at Greenbuild was: a random person I spoke to for over an hour at the Oxygen bar. We had a very interesting conversation about sustainable neighborhoods.

What are your next steps or aspirations after attending Greenbuild? I am first going to read and watch everything I possibly can on Education at USGBC in order to keep up to date. Hopefully that will help when I try to get my LEED AP! Then, I'm going to graduate and (hopefully!) find a job at a structural engineering firm where I can apply green building design and practices into my work. Once I leave school, I also hope to find a local USGBC chapter in order to stay connected with the wonderful experience I had at Greenbuild 2014. And finally, attend Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, DC!

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