Zachary Bradby

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? Indianapolis, IN

Where do you live now? Muncie, IN

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

Tell us a little about yourself. I was born Zachary Sterling Bradby on June 7, 1994, in the sunny state of California. My time in Cali was cut short, as my parents moved to Indianapolis when I was not even one year old. I grew up Indy and have lived there for the past 19 years. My childhood obsession of LEGOs followed me throughout my life and manifested itself in other areas of creativity such as jazz trombone and wanting to be an architect (although Ill still put together a brick or two in my occasional free time). I am fulfilling my dream to become an architect at Ball State University. I am in my second year of the program and I can say with utmost confidence I am in the right place.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Assuming that I could revive people from the past, I would have dinner with Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright.

If you could be a superhero, who would you be? I would have the power of Professor X to vividly construct and alter a building down to its finest detail all within my mind.

What drove you to apply for the Greenbuild scholarship? I had prior knowledge of what “Green Design” meant, but my understanding of such a concept came from a textbook and class lectures. I was looking for genuine knowledge of the topic, to actually see where Green Design is now and where it will be in the future. I wanted to know how we are supposed to live in a world where the demand for resources and energy is almost at the point of outmatching human ingenuity… and I have to be honest, the chance to see Trombone Shorty live in concert was rather appealing to a jazz trombonist.

The thing that inspired me the most at Greenbuild was: David Brook's closing speech in which he discussed Adam 1 and Adam 2 and how these two internal sides relate to the stewardship of earth.

The most interesting thing I learned at Greenbuild was: Savannah Theory which states humans have an inherent desire for a living space with prospect and refuge.

The most fun I had a Greenbuild was: During the dinner and concert within the Superdome.

The coolest person I met at Greenbuild was: A Swedish architect who had presented on sustainable design.

What are your next steps or aspirations after attending Greenbuild? Following the second day at Greenbuild, I decided to meet up with the USGBC Indiana Chapter at a restaurant. I was fortunate enough to meet my future employer at this social event. Starting in June I will be working at my first internship at an architecture firm in downtown Indianapolis. In the next two years I have looked into studying abroad in two of Ball State’s one-month programs through South America and Europe. Doing so would enable me to graduate a semester early. After attending Greenbuild I want to keep sustainable design a possibility for graduate school. The importance of this issue has been reinforced for me and I want to incorporate sustainable design in my future career.

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