This week USGBC Central Texas Chapter leaders Scott Gerhardt (acting chair), Pam Bixby (executive director), Laura Dorsey (Green Schools Committee member) and Patricia Rayburn (Community Green Program national volunteer) attended the organization’s national mid-year meeting in Detroit.
The four joined chapter leaders from across the country in wide-ranging discussions about the future of USGBC, state advocacy issues, the evolving chapter value proposition, green schools best practices, new programs and partnerships and much more. Reps from all four chapters in Texas took the opportunity to meet face-to-face to discuss the state-wide rollout of the Green Building Resources Directory (soon to renamed the Texas Green Building Marketplace–stand by for more news as this evolves!).
But they didn’t spend the whole week in meetings. Wednesday morning, dozens of mid-year meeting attendees fanned out across the city to participate in community service projects. Scott’s team helped prepare plots and plant vegetables at the 12-acre Jefferson Chalmers Community Food System/Vedic Village, a no-till organic composting farm that will will feed 3,000 Detroit households when fully functioning.
Pam worked with a team that did maintenance on and planted a community garden that provides food and therapeutic activity for the clients of a mental health clinic.