Our Stories

These are the stories of our members and sponsors and the commitment they have made to continue the mission of the USGBC Central Plains Chapter.

Nicole Schmidt

I began to volunteer with the USGBC Central Plains Chapter because of my passion for LEED/Sustainability and my desire to be on the forefront of what is “up and coming” in the construction industry. I wanted to continue the passion I started to develop in college and carry that in to my professional development. I continue to volunteer because of the people and the organization. Being involved with the USGBC has engaged me with so many people that share the same passion and more. It has mentored me, introduced me to new people, and kept me engaged with new opportunities and technologies in the industry.

Kate Penning

As a recent architecture graduate from the University of Kansas, USGBC Central Plains has been a powerful tool acclimating me to life outside of college. I've found that USGBC Central Plains has helped me make connections and friends with people who share my passions and interests. The leadership opportunities and projects are endless, along with the many social and educational events. Over the past 7 months, USGBC Central Plains and Emerging Professionals has become my second home.


Dane Baxa

Across the nation, there are many different communities with various social, economic, and environmental climates, and with them comes unique built environments. Participating in USGBC has given me firsthand experience in learning about these many great features all over nation, and picking up on best practices that could be applied locally. My membership provides valuable leadership and technical skills that have helped develop me into a better citizen. In fact, since I began my membership, I’ve applied and earned a new position working with local governments in South Central Kansas to address sustainability issues. I attribute the success of earning this position from the many skills and lessons learned in developing my personal leadership skills for USGBC.

In a world that continues to grow and consume energy at unprecedented rates, I hope that the USGBC can continue to develop leaders out of hard-working Kansans that are looking to curb energy consumption in the built environment and sustain the communities in which they live, work, and play.

Joel Karns

I do not work in the construction or the green industry and simply joined the USGBC out of personal desire to educate myself about this field and what it could mean to me.  As a member of the USGBC I have access to a wide variety of information (from simple knowledge building, leadership opportunities, to professional development and continuing education).  However with all organizations it is the people that make it worthwhile and in the USGBC there are a lot of very helpful and knowledgeable peers willing to help me along my path.  We all had to start somewhere and the USGBC is a great place to make that start.

If you would like to contribute to the USGBC Central Plain's mission, please consider joining us as a member, sponsor or make a donation.

Your generous, tax-deductible contribution lends critical funding support to help us fulfill our mission of transforming the building industry toward sustainability.

If you would like to share your story, email info@usgbccentralplains.org.


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