Emerging Professionals

Community Mission

The BuildGreenCT Emerging Professionals Community is a vibrant group of members working to develop skills and opportunities for careers in sustainability in the built environment.

Supporting up-and-coming professionals


  • Provide networking and professional growth experience for members early on in their careers.
  • Host events that facilitate knowledge share, offer skill development, and establish a network for professional mentorship.
  • Support professional accreditation through education and sponsorship to kickstart careers.
  • Foster opportunities for early project experience


  • Happy Hours
  • Community Meetings
  • Lunch & Learn networking presentations from BuildGreenCT members and industry experts

See the BuildGreenCT calendar for more, or use our Contact form to volunteer to host!

BuildGreenCT Membership

The Emerging Professionals Community is designed to offer community as well as educational and networking opportunities for anyone starting out in sustainable built environment fields.

  • Students currently full and part-time in architecture, engineering, or environmental-related fields.
  • Young Professionals under 30 years of age; within 5 years of graduating.
  • Emerging Mature Professionals just entering into sustainability or the built environment as a second career with up to 3 years in the industry

While the specific needs and interests of these groups differ, we are joined together by the value and the practice of growing our knowledge and network. The varying degrees of experience also offer a unique opportunity for expanded peer-to-peer learning.

To access the events and benefits provided by both BuildGreenCT and BuildGreenCT Emerging Professionals, learn about the membership benefits and select “Emerging Professionals” for the interest area.

Sponsored Scholarships

Thanks to Build with Strength Connecticut and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, BuildGreenCT added 14 new emerging professionals to our roster through sponsored member scholarships in the past 5-years. Thanks to these organizations’ support, students will get early exposure to the green building field—bolstering careers and contributing more broadly to economic development in the state.

Interested in sponsoring the future of sustainability through sponsored certification trainings for programs like LEED, Passive House, or WELL? Use our Contact form to let us know.

Build with Strength Connecticut and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association are working towards establishing carbon neutrality in the construction sector through innovation and application.

Join our Community to connect with other up-and-coming professionals.

Community Leaders

Brandon Mark

Energy Engineer, Avangrid Conservation & Load Management (C&LM)

Gioia Montana Connell

Sustainable Design, Environmental Planner