What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I stumbled into this field practically by chance. I almost failed out of high school and only had the grades to get into the arborist program or the landscaping program. I went into landscaping not really knowing what to expect. I then got a taste of horticulture, water management, sustainable outdoor design, greenhouse systems, and more. I knew halfway through the landscaping program though that it wasn't what I wanted to do. I planned to keep my grades high [honours] and get the background experience from finishing the program as it is very useful material.
The introduction into sustainability drove me into looking where else sustainability is a huge issue and as such I found myself looking into energy generation, energy savings, and energy transmissions and found that it's a field I wanted to get into. As such I am now currently enrolled Sustainable Energy and Building Technology. With a background in horticulture, water management, and now learning about building technologies for energy savings I have a growing interest in how greenhouses can be created to be more efficient over all and how things can be grown more efficiently or effectively.
Tell us about your dream job.
As much as I would like to specify a dream job I don't exactly know what's out there and what it entails. For now, my career goal is to further help drive renewable technologies into industry standards via policy, efficiencies and/or economic viability. I want to be a part of something that can drive change for the better, whether that's my own start up or being part of a larger company. We'll see where the future takes me!
What is your best piece of advice that you would give to a student interested in sustainable development?
Sustainable development a vast field, so don't worry as to where you may end up exactly if you are unsure. In terms of my background with building technology specifically, for me, this could include anything from home design efficiency, to renovations, to water management, to plant design, plant horticulture, green walls, green roofs, energy generation, energy storage, air flow. The possiblities are really endless. You may not know exactly where you'll fit in now, but that's okay. The world's a big place full of all kinds of opportunities that will help you along the way.
You’re hosting an intimate dinner party. Select 3 figures you would invite.
My passion and interest in plants (gardening, city gardening, green roofs & walls), building design, mechanical systems, energy generation, and energy shapes who I would select. The first figure would be Peter Garforth. He is a professional in the fields of global best practice in energy efficient performance, construction, and greenhouse gas mitigation. The next person I would chose would be Einaur Jon Asbjornsson from my trip in Iceland. He was an extremely intelligent man who taught us about the multiple forms of energy generation they had in Iceland. My last spot for this dinner would have to go to Gino my plant I.D, Botany professor from Landscaping.
How has GREEN played a role in shaping your professional endeavors?
I used to be hesitant about whether or not I'd be staying along the path of sustainability. Of course, it has been a big part of my life (along with my interests in other fields of study, too). However, after going on The GREEN Program, I am more so assured that sustainability is the path I want to stay on. In fact, it has opened my eyes to just how vast the field really is. On a more personal note, I've become more confident through this program and more social.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN program experience?
Besides the connections I made on the trip, one of the biggest take-aways from my GREEN experience would have to be that life isn't all about structure or planning all the time. Great ideas can come to you at any time! Additionally, networking and learning from professionals in their fields was an eye opener, too.
How are you leveraging your experience on The GREEN Program?
Aside from continuing to be in touch with my fellow GREEN group, right now, I'm using it as a means to amp me up for studying towards my L.E.E.D Green Associate exam!