October 27, 2012
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I have been volunteering for the past year with the Canada Green Building Council’s Emerging Green Builders (EGB). The EGB work with their local CaGBC chapters to put on events for students and new professionals. The main goal is to attract young and new professionals to the green industry. Another benefit of the EGB committee is that it allows new professionals to take on group leadership roles earlier in their careers, and is training the CaGBC leaders of tomorrow. I am currently the Vice-Chair of the Ottawa Region EGB, and in the past I held the role of Finance Director.
In Ottawa we have had one successful year already and we have an ambitious plan for another great year ahead. In the past we have held events like:
- Holiday Party
- Residential Panel Discussion for Green Homes
- Green Building Bike Tour
We also assisted the Ottawa CaGBC Chapter with the Eco-Logical student design competition.
We will be running similar events again this year. We also have plans to host a Green Jobs 101 event which will showcase different green career options and give attendees the chance to discuss required skills and job opportunities 1-on-1 with industry leaders.
If you are interested attending events or joining your local EGB group, contact your local CaGBC chapter (http:www.cagbc.org).
August 24, 2012
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Last year I was fortunate enough to win a scholarship to attend Greenbuild in Toronto. While I was there I learned that the next year it would be in San Francisco. I was so jealous of those who would win the same scholarship for this year. I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it to San Francisco. I was wrong.
This week I registered for Greenbuild in San Francisco. I’m travelling with the Canadian National Emerging Green Builders Committee. I am the Ottawa Region Chapter of the CaGBC’s representative. The USGBC is allowing our group to volunteer 8 hours each in exchange for admission. This is reducing the financial strain quite substantially. I’ve also been able to book a flight using airmiles, and I found a hostel near the conference center for a steal of a deal.
The theme this year is Build Smarter, and it is no coincidence that it is being held in San Francisco. The Silicon Valley is the cradle of technology, and this years conference is focused on how to use technology and modern ideas to improve the built environment. Greenbuild is of course much more than buildings, and this year more than ever there is a focus on neighbourhoods, cities, and human behaviour.
I’m really looking forward to the networking opportunities, as well as the opportunity to meet my Morrison Hershfield colleagues from across North America. Its going to be an adventure, and when its over I’ll be able to directly apply my new knowledge in the workplace.
Nov 14th – 16th, 2012. I can’t wait!