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? Lahore, Pakistan

Where do you live now? Eugene, OR    

Tell us a little about yourself. I am an architect based in Lahore, Pakistan. I have found it challenging as a women to pursue this profession, but hard work and determination pays off in the long run. I love my work, particularly because I can make a huge impact on sustainability in people's lives and on an urban scale. Cities and transportation intrigues me.  People often have few choices for good modes of public transport. I believe that their choices should be comfortable and sustainable.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Christoph Reinhart

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Iron man

What drove you to apply for the Greenbuild scholarship? Greenbuild presented me with an exciting opportunity to meet people who are making a difference in the world. So many professionals participated and shared their work. I learned a lot and was inspired to follow in their footsteps to make change through my profession.

The thing that inspired me the most at Greenbuild was: the diversity of work being done by professional in different fields.

The most interesting thing I learned at Greenbuild: not a lot of work is being done to address outdoor comfort through community and transportation design, compared to the focus on comfort within individual buildings.

The most fun I had a Greenbuild was: at the Master Speaker session and concert during the Greenbuild Celebration.

The coolest person I met at Greenbuild was: Tara Barauskas

What are your next steps or aspirations after attending Greenbuild? I am focusing my graduate research in architecture on outdoor comfort in transportation infrastructure, from the lack of it. I look forward to making a difference in the way public transportation is looked at and aim at contributing towards increasing human comfort in outdoor spaces.

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