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? Toledo, Ohio
Where do you live now? Columbus, Ohio
Did you represent any USGBC partner organizations as a scholarship recipient? YouthBuild USA
Tell us a little about yourself. I am an active alumni council member of the SMART (Start Making a Real Transformation) Start Youth Advisory Council. This is the first YouthBuild USA national advisory council to focus on major issues with court-involved and at-risk youth in 9 high crime areas. As an active council member I have been involved with a lot of community development programs and events in my local community. I have spoken for different classes at the Ohio State University about my positive actions as an active alumni for The Inside-Out prison exchange program and also about my outstanding actions as a young community leader. I am currently one out of 20 great community leaders in The Neighborhood Leadership Academy provided by The United Way of Central Ohio. I shall continue to stay involved to help build my community.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? My family and close friends
If you could be a superhero, who would you be? Superman
What drove you to apply for the Greenbuild scholarship? I wanted to apply for the Greenbuild scholarship because I was interested in meeting and networking with people that want to help build better communities all over the world. I was interested in connecting with like-minded people that want to help build safe living communities. I also was looking forward to represent YouthBuild and network with as many people that would love to be involved with the YouthBuild movement. I was looking forward to speak about how the YouthBuild program has been so effective with building great community leaders. Overall, I thought about the once-in-a-lifetime experience I would have at the conference and the useful knowledge that I was going to gain.
The thing that inspired me the most at Greenbuild was: the outstanding speakers at the conference.
The most interesting thing I learned at Greenbuild was: that there are truly a lot of people in the world that are commited to building better communities.
The most fun I had at Greenbuild was: the live concert for the Greenbuild Celebration at the SuperDome. The music was great!
The coolest person I met at Greenbuild was: Brandon Menjares, who is also an active alumni YouthBuild student from Boston.
What are your next steps or aspirations after attending Greenbuild? My next step is to stay involved with USGBC and learn as much as I can to help my community building movement in Columbus, Ohio. One of my major goals is to build a YouthBuild transitional housing program that house court-involved youth between the ages of 18 and 24, who are just recently obtaining release and are in need of temporary housing. I want the house to be LEED-certified. I am looking forward to work with some USGBC to get this YouthBuild transitional house built and LEED-certified.