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Member Spotlight - Jan 2012
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Member Spotlight

Get to know our members. Every month we profile a different member who helps to make the GMIC community so unique. Explore the links below to learn more about our network of engaged Sustainability professionals.

Brittan Witzenburg
Sustainability Coordinator, Oregon Convention Center

Why did you join GMIC?
My background is in conservation and sustainable operations for commercial facilities, so I was fairly new to the events industry when I began at the Oregon Convention Center in 2008. Joining GMIC has helped me get to know the industry, and I enjoy networking with people who, in a wide variety of ways, are driven to bring sustainability into their everyday work.

How long have you been a member?
Since December 2009.

What is your sustainability philosophy?
I operate with two philosophies: "return it better than the way you found it” and "leave no trace.” I believe we all have a personal responsibility to make contentious choices not only for ourselves but also for the lives around us, today and beyond.

How do you incorporate sustainability into your life and work?
I have been passionate about the environment and earth sciences since I was a teenager and decided at a very early age that would be the basis for my career. I have two degrees in environmental science and have been fortunate to get involved with many different projects in the northwest to promote sustainable change. At the OCC, my role is to work with all levels of staff to develop and manage sustainable operations programs. I also work with clients to incorporate "green” components into the events held at our facility. I love my job!

What is your greatest satisfaction in being a member of GMIC? (or what sets GMIC apart from other organizations you are a member of?)
It’s great to know there are so many individuals out there incorporating sustainability into their area of influence, in an industry that has traditionally been quite the opposite. It is so exciting to see transformation happening across the globe, and being a part of GMIC gives me a front row seat to witness many profound efforts and results.