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NAME: Amanda Nguyen
TITLE: Partnerships Coordination (PC)
TIME AT THE MOUNTAIN: 1.4 years
HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR WAY TO THE MOUNTAIN?
I applied for the PC position a few weeks prior to my graduation from Drexel University last year and initially started as a Field Sales Agent to gain more experience. My face to face interview was actually the same morning of my college graduation, so I felt as if all the stars were aligned in my favor and this job was calling my name. Two weeks after being a sales agent I got the call and here I am a little over a year later doing my thing and loving life at the Mountain.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GREEN MOUNTAIN MEMORY?
Meeting Mary Seton Corboy at Greensgrow Farm. She’s the Rachel Carson of Philadelphia in my opinion and Green Mountain Energy gave me the perfect platform to meet her! She started the trend of urban farming in Philadelphia and in metro areas and really took her mission to inspire thousands to practice converting brownstones to active urban farms. I took a group of agents to volunteer at Greensgrow Farm and had an opportunity later on to teach her about Green Mountain Energy and what we do. There was an instant connection and we started a partnership in which we could table and outreach about our mission and later on it grew to Greensgrow becoming a commercial customer for Green Mountain Energy and now they will be the first recipient of the Sun Club donation in Pennsylvania! It’s amazing that our relationship with Greensgrow started with me and a few agents bagging CSA vegetables on a cold winter night hanging out with Mary and it has organically grown into such a beautiful partnership.
HOW DO YOU STAY ‘GREEN’ WHEN YOU’RE NOT ON THE MOUNTAIN?
I try to shop for local and organic foods whenever possible. I always wonder if I can taste the difference between organic and non-organic items, but the more important factor is where you food if coming from. I’m always sticking to buying seasonal fruits and vegetables local to the area. If you’re eating a strawberry in the winter and it’s not sweet, there’s probably a good reason why. Because its factory farmed somewhere really far away! It’s great to have a lot of partnerships with local farmers in Philly, I’ve learned so much about where my food is coming from and how it’s being grown. You just feel a lot better knowing these things.
HOW HAVE YOU ENJOYED PARTICIPATING IN THE GREEN COMMUTER CHALLENGE?
I wouldn’t call it a challenge too much for me, I’m about a 5 minute walk from the office. But getting to other parts of the city is always an adventure when you’re trying to bike in the city with the most aggressive drivers. Sometimes I feel like I’m in some type of action flick when biking through this city, you’re always dodging cars, strollers, pedestrians, pigeons, trolleys, and seriously the list never ends. Also public transit is always fun in any major metro, there’s always something crazy happening which makes for good water cooler conversation.
WHAT’S THE MOST USEFUL PIECE OF ADVICE ANYONE EVER GAVE YOU?
When in doubt just stick to your gut instinct. If you are unsure about getting permission, it’s always okay to ask for forgiveness in the end. We’re all human and we have to stick to our guns to do what we think is best.