An important aspect of starting and sustaining a movement is engaging
and mentoring the next generation of activist. As the current regional
leaders in the Green Building Movement advance in experience and age, it
is important for those leaders to instill in younger people the skill,
knowledge, and perspective they have acquired in their long years of
leadership and activism. I am excited to say that the USGBC West
Michigan chapter is renewing its commitment to do just that. Through the
revitalization of this Emerging Professionals Committee, we hope to
engage, inspire, harness and direct the passion of the young and
emerging professionals among us in an attempt to shepherd them into the
future USGBC West Michigan Chapter leadership roles. First, we need to
seek those young people out and inspire them into participation in our
Are you a young professional who is looking for a way to engage with the growing regional sustainable community? This may be your calling. Are you a student who is looking for an inside scoop on the local sustainability leaders? This may be your chance. Our list of requirements is short. If you are young, passionate, and driven; sign up. It is that simple.
Our goal is to launch a fall activity to kick-start the discussion and participation in this group. We wish to create a truly broad, diverse group and encourage multidisciplinary participation from all sectors of the local economy. If you don't fit in the traditional "Green Building" sector, fear not; we will not turn you away.
Who are USGBC EPs?
USGBC Emerging Professionals are the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement. The program is geared toward individuals out of school and under 30, but does not exclude anyone who may be interested. USGBC Emerging Professionals seek to engage all those who are interested in learning about and advocating for sustainable building practices.
How are USGBC EPs organized?
Emerging Professionals are organized locally as committees of their local USGBC chapters. Local committees work closely with their chapter leadership, often the heads of local sustainability industries, to ensure that the sustainability movement is connecting all generations.
Mission: To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, in a way that improves the quality of life in West Michigan.