GenXYZ: Shane Gring, 26
CEO, BOULD LLC
Gring turned his frustration while trying to find a job in architecture into BOULD, which educates professionals about building green homes.
What inspired you to start BOULD?
After I graduated from Miami University in Ohio, I really struggled to find work in architecture. I was with AmeriCorps for a year, and I ended up in Colorado, where I went to work for Habitat
for Humanity. I saw an opportunity not only to build better homes for families, but to educate people. I came up with this program that would teach professionals about green building while helping nonprofits.
How do you combine education and building?
We have community and professional programs so that builders can earn LEED credits. Our newest product is the Green Building Hackathon. We invite community groups, students, volunteers, builders, corporate sponsors and U.S. Green Building Council representatives for a day-long event. The community group works on a new building, such as a shelter or a new facility. The builders get LEED education. The volunteers learn about green building.
What’s next for you?
I thought I was going to spend my career sitting in front of a computer, and I’m glad it didn’t turn out that way. I have wanted to be an architect since I was 6 or 7, but it’s a very long process with graduate school and then a five-year apprenticeship. With BOULD I’m reaching out to schools, professionals, and educating people and helping them build the best possible buildings.