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Coffee Break with Green Mentors - Sustainability Education & Community Professions

  • 15 Oct 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Virtually, of course!


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Coffee Break

Green Mentors in the Sustainability Education & Community Professions
with guests, Maggie McCoy & Rebecca Hankins

Need a break? A quick face-to-face with your green building community? New thoughts, ideas, and conversation to jump start your day? Join us for a Coffee Break!

The U.S. Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter Higher Education & Emerging Professionals Committee hosts a plethora of events throughout the year, from volunteering and happy hours, to networking and green building tours. In addition to events, the committee organizes the USGBC-MGC Green Shadow Program to expose students and emerging professionals to green jobs within the Gateway region. Typically, we have done an informational interview, half day shadow, or one day shadow of local professionals in the green building, sustainability, and community fields.

We're hoping you can help us mix-it-up and improve the program to better suit your career passions and curiosities... in the meantime, join us for two 30-minute coffee breaks featuring local Green Shadow Mentors sharing insight into their careers and how and why they got there!

DAY 1 - 10/15: Sustainability Education & Community Professions 
DAY 2 - 10/29: Sustainable Design & Engineering Professions 


Rebecca Hankins
, Partnership Coordinator, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri

After spending 16 years in the outdoor industry, Rebecca shifted her focus from outdoor recreation to environmental stewardship. Last fall she earned a Certificate of Proficiency in Horticulture at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. She has spent the last 3 years gaining experience in the green industry with various organizations including Missouri Botanical Garden, Urban Harvest and DTLS Studio where she not only practiced horticulture but learned about equity topics including environmental justice and food apartheid. Her awareness inspired her to partner with local organizations to create a Social Justice in Horticulture Conference in March 2020. This past January, she joined the team at Forest ReLeaf as their new Partnership Coordinator. Her role focuses on growing community partnerships throughout the region. Rebecca is passionate about plants and what they teach us about resiliency, diversity, partnership, and community. Rebecca continually uses her skills to advocate for social and environmental justice.

Maggie McCoy
, Education and Volunteer Coordinator, EarthWays Center of Missouri Botanical Garden

As the Education Coordinator at EarthWays Center, Maggie McCoy provides programs to K-12 students on the topics of waste reduction, stormwater management, and energy efficiency. She also trains teachers on bringing these same topics into their classrooms. Since reducing wasted food is a passion of Maggie's, she provides classes on reducing waste at home and at work through adult classes and is part of the OneSTL committee that works to address wasted food in the region.

Maggie, formerly having worked at both the St. Louis Zoo and Endangered Wolf Center, has an extensive history in conservation, education, and sustainability education. She graduated from Loyola University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master in Secondary Education. Maggie loves being able to connect people to information and skills that will help them make more sustainable choices. Outside of EarthWays, Maggie loves cooking and spending time outside running, hiking, and biking with her family.

Friday, October 15, 2021
10:00 - 10:30 am

Virtual event via Zoom.
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Free for all attendees!

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Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at
 fbrandt@mobot.org or 314-577-0884. 

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