Natalie Campos Goodman, LEED AP O+M, a sustainability senior consultant with a focus on urban resiliency for AECOM’s Houston office was named a 2017 Vanguard Fellow (Vanguards) for her promising ideas for cities, experience in the field and ambition for the future. Goodman recently joined AECOM’s Buildings + Places (B+P) practice for the Gulf Southwest area which includes Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. She serves as a key member of B+P’s Resilience, Sustainability and Cities teams.
The Vanguards are selected through a competitive application process of 700 candidates and include 45 change makers under the age of 40 from major cities around the country. The Vanguards span Fortune 500 companies to philanthropy, academia and government entities. Each year the Vanguards attend an urban leadership gathering where they work to improve cities across sectors including urban planning, community development, entrepreneurship, government, transportation, sustainability, design, art and media.
Next City, a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental changes in cities through journalism and events around the world, created the Vanguard Fellow program and conference in 2009.
This year’s Vanguards will gather in Montreal May 31 – June 3 to brainstorm innovative ways to make the host city a better place now and in the future. The theme of this year’s gathering will focus on accessibility including places, services, economic activity and development, food security, housing, culture and safe environment. The four-day conference also includes the “Big Idea Challenge,” a competition between teams of Vanguards. The teams work together with community members to co-create accessible solutions that are presented at an event open to the public.
Next City President Tom Dallessio said, “Promising young innovators from around the world sought the opportunity to share knowledge and insights on the futures of cities. Next City is thrilled to welcome the 2017 Vanguards, and we look forward to gathering in Montreal to empower the next generation of urban leaders.”
“I am honored to be recognized among an esteemed group of my peers, all of whom are under 40 and working to make positive changes in their respective cities,” Goodman said. “My fellowship aligns well with my work at AECOM – to provide urban innovation and solutions to help cities better prioritize projects, plan ahead and provide for sustainable growth.”
Goodman was recognized for the work done with her startup Green Money Search. The startup seeks to inspire sustainable city development by leveraging incentives to encourage citizens to implement sustainable practices on their projects. She also leads advocacy for the U.S. Green Building Council Texas Gulf Coast Region, is an American Institute of Architects Associate, member of the Urban Land Institute, Open Architecture Collaborative, Aggie Women’s Network, and American Women’s Chamber of Commerce and is a Digi.City contributing writer.
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