Stephanie Choi

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? Chicago, IL and Buckeye, AZ<

Where do you live now? Tucson, AZ

Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a second-year student at the University of Arizona studying English and Literacy... learning and learning! I became really involved in environmental issues and sustainability during my first year of college and am really enjoying progressing along my sustainability journey! This year, I found my specific passion in the environmental movement: environmental arts and humanities. I really believe in the power of the arts in creating more awareness for environmental issues and fostering the connections between people and the Earth, which are so crucial for the environmental movement! I am launching a new committee for Environmental Arts projects and initiatives in the campus sustainability organization I am a part of—Students for Sustainability—next fall. I am also a Resident Assistant and love incorporating and inspiring sustainability in my role as an RA! I strive to always model a sustainable lifestyle.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Stewart Udall, Mindy Kaling, Julia "butterfly" Hill, Shonda Rimes, The Obama family, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Kirsten Gillibrand and Rachel Carson

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Captain Planet!

What drove you to apply for the Greenbuild scholarship? I stumbled upon the Greenbuild scholarship pretty serendipitously as I saw it on Twitter—I hardly ever go on my Twitter account! When I read over the scholarship, it seemed too good to be true! I am currently leading a project with Residence Life to integrate more interactive and engaging green spaces into the Residence Halls, and this conference sounded like an amazing opportunity to learn more about the world of green building, since I am not academically studying it in school.

The thing that inspired me the most at Greenbuild was: the energy of the conference and the USGBC community of inspired and passionate people!

The most interesting thing I learned at Greenbuild was: all the cool building and design companies already leading amazing projects to integrate the natural environment into the built environment.

The most fun I had at Greenbuild was: at the after party! But, the opening plenary at the Superdome was also amazing—the place, the food and the speakers!

The coolest person I met at Greenbuild was: there are too many! All of the other scholarship recipients are pretty awesome, and of course, Ryan Snow is the best!!

What are your next steps or aspirations after attending Greenbuild? The Greenbuild experience was extremely enriching and educational for me. I am going to use all the awareness and knowledge I gained and apply to the projects and initiatives I lead on my campus and community for sustainability. I hope to continue working in the USGBC community in the future in various capacities, but I hope to focus on becoming involved in the green schools movement—at the elementary, middle, high school, and higher-education level.

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