GiveBig funds EMERGE Leadership training for Environmental Works affordable housing designer

AaronGiveBig2016-LogoWith funds from GiveBig 2015, the EMERGE Leadership Project was able to offer Aaron Allan, a designer at Environmental Works (EW) a full scholarship for training and mentoring support. The intent of the scholarship is to help affordable housing designers like Aaron be more effective in their efforts to provide affordable shelter and reduce homelessness.

While working on his graduate degree at the University of Washington (2010-2012), Aaron wrote a paper focused on a non-profit architecture practice doing socially relevant work — his dream job.   He says finding a job at Environmental Works soon after getting his degree was “serendipitous.”

Environmental Works arose from actions by architectural students, who as part of the first Earth Day celebration took up residence at Fire Station 7, and were determined to “help those organizations and initiatives that needed professional expertise to launch, preserve, and sustain communities throughout greater Seattle.”

Aaron is using the EMERGE training to re-invigorate the non-profit’s commitment to green building. In a recent interview he told EMERGE that he is helping plan an eco-charrette for an affordable housing developer and will especially be “looking for opportunities to infuse Emerge leadership concepts into the charette process to make it more effective.”

He has also “downloaded” EMERGE concepts from the training with EW colleagues and is hoping to use them to inform a fundraising campaign for a community senior center. Aaron says “I learned the importance in telling a compelling story in order to influence others to think differently about these issues.”

Aaron is helping Monica Joe, another EMERGE Leadership scholarship recipient, with the Tiny House Project by providing construction design assistance. Monica coordinates the Tiny House Project which aims to offer safer and more sound shelter alternatives in homeless encampments.  More information about Monica’s role.

With GiveBig 2016 funding,  The EMERGE Leadership Project plans to continue providing leadership development and support to non-profits working for social justice in the built environment. Please consider contributing to the EMERGE Leadership Project a 501c3 charitable project at: https://givebig.seattlefoundation.org/npo/the-emerge-leadership-project. Any amount will be appreciated and the beauty of Give Big is that all contributions are stretched by a pool available to non-profits registered with the Seattle Foundation.