"I believe employers value people that have passion for a cause, the drive to spend free time learning about it, and the willingness to step outside of their comfort zone to gain new insights. Participating in the GREEN program helped me demonstrate these qualities to potential employers."
What’s your story?
I’m a recent transplant to the pacific northwest, I enjoy dog parks more than I reasonably should, I “suffer” from wanderlust, and I’m usually thinking about what I’m going to eat next.
Why do you believe that you are the next-generation pioneer of your industry?
As renewable energy becomes a larger part of the world’s energy portfolio, it is increasingly important to merge the interests of business and regulation. Seamless communication between those sectors will ensure protection of public health and the environment for generations to come. As a regulator and a prior employee of the energy industry, I work to understand the costs and burdens of environmental policy to businesses while continuing to educate myself on the risks posed to our communities if progress is favored too heavily.
Tell us about your Capstone Project experience and initiative.
My capstone project focused on bringing sustainable heating to residential buildings through the use of ground source heat pumps. Although I had been involved in design projects before through my university, this was my first interdisciplinary design team. The experience helped prepare me for working on a professional team in the real world.
The experience helped prepare me for working on a professional team in the real world.
How has GREEN play a role in shaping your professional endeavors?
Entering the workforce can sometimes result in a microscopic view of the world as we narrow our focus to become an expert in specific areas. Being a part of the GREEN alumni network exposes me to developments and ideas that I might not otherwise see, which enables me to make more informed and inspired choices as I move forward in my career.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN program experience?
GREEN connected me to other students and young professionals with different backgrounds, aspirations, and ideas about how to positively impact our communities. The most valuable part of the program for me was the opportunity to make these connections and form professional relationships and friendships that I still rely on today.