People who choose careers in the built environment work for something more than just a paycheck. I believe that we choose to work in this field out of a genuine desire to improve the living conditions of our buildings for our fellow citizens, as well as reduce their impact on the environment.
For us, this is about improving the built environment and the lives of everyone in it. Although there is a lot we can each do in our work and our everyday lives to pursue this goal, organizations like USGBC and its sister organizations around the world provide a focus for our efforts and a way to accomplish goals that none of us could do by ourselves.
I joined USGBC to show my commitment to improving the sustainability of buildings and to spend my time among like-minded individuals who are truly committed to moving to a more efficient, greener future. The people I have met and the USGBC National Capital Region events I’ve participated in have inspired me to do more to realize this goal.
Volunteering with the Midsummer Night’s Green planning committee is, for me, time well spent. This event on July 20 honors members and companies from all sectors of the building industry and serves as a reminder to us of all of the good work that is being done throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area. By showcasing the achievements of our local contractors, architects, engineers and others, we show our commitment to a more sustainable future and provide inspiration for future projects.
Ultimately, however, this event is really about people. It brings together people who truly care about something larger than themselves and provides a forum for sharing ideas and for having a good time. The only way for us to succeed is by doing this together, and I cannot imagine a group of people I’d rather work with.