The Role of Congress and the Sustainable Development Goals

On August 8, 2017, the United Nations Association National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) hosted, “Congress and the Sustainable Development Goals” with Congressman Don Beyer. Hosted at the Rayburn Office Building at the U.S. Capitol, over a hundred guests joined to hear from Congressman Beyer discuss the United States’ commitment to the UN, climate action, and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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How Public Service Led Me To The Congressional Award Gold Medal

Giving back to the community has always been a value of mine. Growing up in Arizona, my family was fortunate enough to have support from the community during some tough times. This community support and the hard work of my mom to raise my siblings and me is what inspires me to help others in need and to give back to the community. For me, pursuing the Congressional Award aligned with my core values and I hope that my work will inspire others to engage with their community.

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8 Tips From My First 8 Months as a Presidential Management Fellow

Welcome back! I’m here to give an update on my first 8 months as a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, DC. Check out the eight tips below:

  1. Be thoughtful about building your network

If you dread networking events as much as I do, then this first tip is for you! As an extrovert, many people might be surprised that I am not a huge fan of networking events. The idea of going to a place where I do not know anyone and everyone wants to meet people freaks me out for some reason. Instead of trying to “fake it till I make it,” a mentor of mine suggested I go to more targeted events to meet people. Specifically, I now find organizations whose work aligns with my interests and go to events hosted by that organization. This way, instead of putting all the pressure on myself like I do at traditional networking events, I can connect with people who I know have common interests. This type of informal networking makes me feel less overwhelmed and the connections are more fruitful in the long run. That being said, I would not suggest limiting yourself to attending events only in your field – branching out to other sectors can be very rewarding as well.

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3 Highlights From The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

The U.S. Green Building Council‘s annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo wrapped up October 7 in Los Angeles, California. The question I have been asked most about Greenbuild is, “What are some highlights from the conference?”

Before I get to my three highlights, let me first explain the background of the conference. Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. For this annual conference, the green building community gathers to share ideals and mutual passions about sustainability, energy efficiency and of course green building.

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My Time At The White House Open Data Innovation Summit

On September 28th, the White House Open Data Innovation Summit hosted in Washington, D.C.  highlighted the Obama Administration’s extensive work in opening U.S. government data with an emphasis on the future of open data. For those who may not know, open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.

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