"The GREEN Program has taught me that if you want something enough, you can find it or perhaps even create it!"
What’s your story? What doesn’t your resume tell us about you?
I remember during my undergraduate education I listened in on a quick lecture about humanitarian engineering. The lecture emphasized doing something that mattered and something that would make the world a better place. Then I volunteered at the opening of the Bullitt Center, the world’s largest Living Building that is net-zero energy and constructed with sustainable materials. Here I learned that building energy use makes up 40% of the country’s energy demand and then determined that by going into energy efficient building design I could make the built environment more efficient. This is what inspired me to go to Stanford and pursue a master’s degree in sustainable design and construction. Now I work for the firm that designed the Bullitt Center!
Describe an experience that has influenced your career path.
I had no idea that volunteering at the Bullitt Center would light such a spark for sustainability! Since then, my career path has largely been shaped by talking to different people. Everyone knows something you don’t, so every time you interact with someone is an opportunity to learn.
"Being a part of the GREEN program encouraged me to pursue a job with the firm I’m working for now and even now I am inspired to continue creating experiences and opportunities for myself."
What topics related to sustainable development are you most passionate about and how do you see your generation having an impact on these global issues?
I’m passionate about renewable energy, circular economies, sustainable materials, as well as low-impact and sustainable living. I think my generation has been exposed to a lot of change and we all realize that there needs to be significantly more change if we are going to preserve the planet as we know and love it. We have access to more tools, technology, and information than anyone before us ever has. I see us using all that we have to tackle these issues on all fronts through our personal and professional endeavors.
If you were to build your own business, what would you do?
At this time I’m thinking of getting a solar panel installation certification so I can be a solar contractor and put panels up on people’s homes. I’m also extremely interested in being an energy or green-lifestyle consultant.