keynote speaker

Hunter Lovins

Hunter Lovins

This year’s keynote speaker is renowned author and champion of sustainable development, Hunter Lovins! Hunter is the president and founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions and has consulted on sustainable agriculture, energy, water, security, and climate policies for scores of governments, communities, and companies worldwide. She has also co-authored fifteen books and hundreds of articles and was featured in the award-winning film, "Lovins on the Soft Path." Hunter has been honored with numerous recognitions such as the Right Livelihood Award (known as the Alternative Nobel), Leadership in Business award, Rachel Carson Award and European Sustainability Pioneer award. Time Magazine recognized her as a Millennium Hero for the Planet, and Newsweek called her a "green business icon." Hunter was very well-received as the keynote of the 2007 Built Green Conference, and we are thrilled to hear what she has to say after almost a decade of more work and adventures, including participation in the Paris Climate Conference last year.


 

Aaron Adelstein
moderator, Builder-Neighbor Relations: A Panel on Improving Communities and Relationships

Aaron Adelstein is the Director of Programs and Products at the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. With more than 14 years of experience in the building industry, he directs the organization’s community stewardship and sustainability efforts including the Built Green® program, community service projects such as Rampathon™ and Painting a Better Tomorrow®, outside partnerships with community service organizations, and workforce development programs. Additionally, Aaron also oversees all revenue streams for the association including membership products, programs and workforce education.
Aaron has received the 2013 King County Green Globe Award for Leadership in Sustainable Development and been named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40. He currently serves on the boards for Rebuilding Together Seattle and Housing Hope, and was a founding board member of Built Green Washington. He also served on the City of Seattle’s Green Building Task Force.

 

shannon affholter
panelist, HOW CAN GREEN BUILDERS AND BUILT GREEN SUPPORT AFFORDABILITY?

Shannon Affholter is the Executive Director of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties. As Executive Director, Affholter oversees the Association in its entirety, developing and implementing the Association’s annual budget and strategic initiatives, strengthening its position as a leading voice of the housing industry, maintaining and expanding member services and driving membership growth. Previously he was the vice president of business and economic development for Economic Alliance Snohomish County where he advanced strategic growth plans, advocated on behalf of business and fostered economic development in the region.  He served on the Everett City Council from 2008 until 2013. Prior to his tenure at Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Affholter was a business development executive at the regional accounting firm of Moss Adams and an account executive with Merck.

 

Bryan Bell
Panelist, built green to living green

Bryan and his wife Karin purchased their first home, a zHome, two years ago in July 2014. They weren't initially looking to purchase a green home, but the more they learned about the zHome project, the more convinced they became that zHome was the right fit for them. They are still in love with their new home two years later and have found that it enables them to live a sustainable lifestyle with "net zero" impact on their comfort.


 

TOM CAMPBELL
PRESENTER, BUILT GREEN CASE STUDIES

Tom is on the board of the Charlotte Martin Foundation. He has also been a senior associate and lead producer for AmericaSpeaks for over ten years. Tom has been a leader in some of the largest scale public engagement processes in the United States, including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site after 9/11, the rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and the economic development of the nation’s heartland during the recession. As chief of staff to the Speaker of the House of the Washington State Legislature, he was the principal architect of the revision of the state’s land use laws that promoted growth management and citizen participation. Together with his wife, Tom co-founded an innovative democratic school and is currently developing a 16-unit eco-village called the Clearwater Commons in Bothell. Tom is also Abbot of the Blue Heron Zen Community.

 

KIRSTEN CLEMENS
Presenter, From Chocolates to Carobs

Weber Thompson Associate Kirsten is a strong designer with the ability to create a visual story to explain her designs to a wide variety of populations. She applies those skills to her mixed-use projects, ranging from seven to forty stories. She is a core member of the WT Sustainabiliteam and designed the firm’s award-winning entry for the Architecture at Zero Net Zero Energy Student Housing project on the UCSF Mission Bay campus. In addition, she was part of a team at WT studying the application of cross laminated timber (CLT) in high-rise structures. She is a board member of the Seattle Architecture Foundation.

 

ted clifton, Jr.
PRESENTER, BUILT GREEN CASE STUDIES

One of the premier builders of net-zero-energy and positive-energy homes in the Pacific Northwest, Ted Clifton comes from a family of talented homebuilders. Before starting his own construction company in 2005, TC Legend Homes, he honed his skills as a carpenter and foreman on Orcas and Whidbey Islands. His pragmatic, bags-on approach to green building has earned him a reputation for making energy efficiency and custom craftsmanship affordable. He has several 5-Star Built Green homes to his credit, including the first net zero energy home in the city of Seattle. The homes Ted designs and builds cost $175-200 per square foot. His house powers itself and two electric cars for a $1200/month mortgage payment, with no energy or fuel bills.


SEAN CONTA
PRESENTER, BUILT GREEN CASE STUDIES

With a background in engineering, tech startups, and residential construction, Sean brings a strong set of technical skills to his work at Evergreen Certified. As Field Operations Manager, he is the point person for helping builders plan and achieve their sustainability goals. Sean has a passion for sustainability and construction. There’s nothing he likes more than “geeking out” on the latest green building equipment, techniques, and wall assemblies.

shannon ellis-brock
panelist, green energy retrofit summit

Shannon Ellis-Brock serves as the COO for PSCCU, but more importantly to her over the last several years, she has had the opportunity to serve the environment.  She has created one of the most successful energy efficiency and renewable lending programs in the county and made a lot of friends along the way.  PSCCU is committed to environmental protection, sustainability and job creation.  The lending programs they offer help them to meet that commitment every day.  PSCCU is Washington’s Socially Responsible Green Credit Union and Shannon is proud to be a part of that.

AARON FAIRCHILD
MODERATOR, HOW CAN GREEN BUILDERS AND BUILT GREEN SUPPORT AFFORDABILITY? and panelist, builder-neighbor relations: a panel on improving communities and relationships

Aaron is the CEO of Green Canopy Inc, a Seattle in-city homebuilder, and Fund Manager of several real estate lending funds. A third generation lender, he has participated in lending over $300 million on single-family residential construction and light commercial loans since 1997. He began working in speculative homebuilding in 1988 and has completed and sold over 60 homes. Aaron has combined his skill and experience set in his work at Green Canopy, and looks forward to bringing more homes and real estate investment funds to the market. He sits on the Boards of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, Washington Environmental Council, and Clean Energy Works of Oregon. He built schools and teachers’ houses in Gabon, Central Africa with the Peace Corps in the mid-1990s and holds an EMBA from the University of Washington.


COREY FITCH
PRESENTER, A SNEAK PEEK INTO THE BUILT GREEN MULTI-FAMILY CHECKLIST UPDATES

Corey is a seasoned green building professional with over a decade of experience in green building program development, consulting, and contracting. As a Senior Consultant in Rushing’s Sustainability Studio, Corey finds his motivation equally in the environmental impact of his work and the satisfaction of guiding clients towards solutions that meet their project goals. Corey is a LEED for Homes AP and Green Rater, Built Green Verifier and BPI Envelope Specialist.

jeff floor
PANELIST, BUILDER-NEIGHBOR RELATIONS: A PANEL ON IMPROVING COMMUNITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS

An associate at LMN, Jeff Floor is a Seattle-based architect with 28 years of experience as a manager and project architect on multi-family, single family, civic, educational and hospitality projects. He is currently the chair of the Central Area Land Use Review Committee, an independent group which fosters collaboration between developers and residents of Seattle’s Central Area. In this role he frequently serves as a facilitator of community meetings both large and small, addressing the often contentious issues residents inevitably experience during a period of sustained growth: affordability, gentrification, construction impacts and, in general, the disorientation of change within the built environment.

KATE KNIGHT
PRESENTER, REDFIN DEMAND INTELLIGENCE

Kate leads the Builder Services team at Redfin, the technology-powered brokerage. Redfin Builder Services is a full service sales and marketing team, partnering with homebuilders to bring new construction properties to market and connect them with the millions of buyers on Redfin.com. Prior to Redfin, Kate restructured over $2.2 billion in residential assets with AIG’s Global Real Estate Investment platform and launched fund operations in India for Unitus Microfinance. She serves on the ULI Multifamily Council and as an advisor to early-stage startups. She is passionate about bringing data to land use decisions and is a LEED Accredited Professional.


JASON LEAR
PANELIST, GREEN ENERGY RETROFIT SUMMIT

Jason Lear is founder and co-owner of Batt + Lear, a 16-year-old design/build company that builds high-performance buildings throughout the Puget Sound. Jason’s firm has received many project and leadership awards, including the prestigious Built Green Pioneer Award. Jason loves building green and has a contagious passion for sharing that love.

Jason Lear received a Bachelor's degree in Architecture and International Studies from Yale University. Recently, as President of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, Jason spearheaded several green building leadership and education initiatives, including a collaboration with Seattle community colleges to deliver hands-on training in advanced building techniques for working carpenters.

DAN LUDDY
PRESENTER, FROM CHOCOLATES TO CAROBS

Dan is a Senior Energy Engineer at ArchEcology, a sustainability and energy consulting firm based in Seattle. He has over eight years of energy analysis experience in Washington, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. In addition to energy modeling, his experience includes building envelope heat transfer analysis, hydrothermal modeling and Passive House consulting. He has consulted on a variety of commercial, multi-family, institutional, and industrial projects. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University.

NINA MILLIGAN
MODERATOR, BUILT GREEN TO LIVING GREEN

Nina is the Communication Manager for Highlands Council, the non-profit organization in Issaquah Highlands tasked with building community for its nearly 10,000 residents. She recently served on the Issaquah City Council. The original buyer of her Dwelling Company row house in Crofton Springs, Nina and her family were attracted to their Built Green home by the promotions provided by the builder and master developer, Port Blakely Communities. They upgraded many features to make their home even greener than the 3-Star certification available at the time. Since then, Nina has become an evangelist for Built Green and Living Green, both mantras for Issaquah Highlands.


KATRINA MORGAN
PRESENTER, BRIDGING BUILDING HEALTH WITH HUMAN HEALTH

Katrina is a registered architect and Certified Sustainable Building Advisor with 20 years of experience in the building industry. She is the founding principal of Fermata Consulting, a sustainable design consulting firm that provides environmental advice for a broad spectrum of occupant types and building sectors. Katrina is an experienced facilitator and instructor known for her dynamic, inspiring approach. She strives to broaden the positive impact of green building to encompass all living beings and to have great fun finding creative design solutions.

DONNA MORTON
PRESENTER, FINANCING THE FUTURE: MOVING MONEY FOR GOOD

Donna, the Director of Business Strategies at Principium Investments, brings decades of work in sustainability, economics, social innovation and clean energy to ethical wealth management. She is a life-long social entrepreneur as well as a frequent speaker and opinion leader. She is also an Ashoka, Ogunte, and Unreasonable fellow.

VANDITA MUDGAL
PRESENTER, BRIDGING BUILDING HEALTH WITH HUMAN HEALTH

Vandita is a multilingual architect and landscape designer with both LEED and Living Building accreditations. She is a passionate sustainability steward with experience spanning the U.S., India, and China. She is a Green Building consultant with Fermata Consulting. Her work in green building design and certification, carbon footprint analysis, and community outreach focuses on transforming every design, development, and business into a more environmentally sustainable endeavor. She is currently co-chairing the Cascadia Seattle Collaborative, the Seattle chapter of USGBC and ILFI. Vandita demonstrates daily that we are all global citizens who share a common future.


 

chuck murray
panelist, green energy retrofit summit

Chuck Murray is a Senior Energy Policy Specialist at the Washington State Energy Office. He has been serving the State of Washington for 26 years, providing original field research, project implementation and policy development in the energy field.  Policy development has resulted in state legislation requiring incremental improvements in energy codes stringency, mandatory building energy benchmarking and state capital funding for energy efficiency programs.  Chuck is the lead author of the Washington State Energy Strategy for Buildings and co-author of the State Energy Strategy.  He is a nationally recognized leader in the development of energy codes. His resume also includes original field research related to energy efficiency and building moisture durability.

 

Melinh Jones Nozynski
PANELIST, built green to living green

pictured with husband, Brian

pictured with husband, Brian

Mei and her husband, Brian, moved to Seattle from the east coast almost seven years ago. They immediately felt right at home in the Emerald City, and recognized Seattle aligned with their high standards of living, environmental thoughtfulness and life. 

When the time was right to purchase their first home, their initial sights were not set on a Built Green home. However after being introduced to Green Canopy's West Seattle Microcommunity housing project, the "Triplets," it was love at first sight.  Information about these houses and Green Canopy's Mission and Vision edified them on the potential life they would have in a Built Green home. 

With the aid of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Mei and her husband were financially able to obtain the last step to purchasing their incredible home. They are still grateful for, amazed, and proud of their modest little Built Green home, "Louise." They hope to help others share a similar experience in buying a home and to join the Built Green housing revolution.

 

david neiman
PANELIST, BUILDER-NEIGHBOR RELATIONS: A PANEL ON IMPROVING COMMUNITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS

David Neiman, AIA is a Principal at Neiman Taber Architects, an award winning Seattle firm specializing in urban housing with a focus on issues of livability, affordability, community, and access to housing for all. Through a combination of innovative design, involvement in public policy, and development of his own projects, he has helped to pioneer new approaches to housing in Seattle and to shape the public policy that guides its development.

A 4th generation Seattleite, he holds architecture degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Pennsylvania, and is a licensed architect in the state of Washington.  He was a recent member of the Mayor’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee and the NW Design Review Board.


 

MIKE O'BRIEN
PANELIST, HOW CAN GREEN BUILDERS AND BUILT GREEN SUPPORT AFFORDABILITY?

Born and raised in the Seattle area, Mike has a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Puget Sound region and a deep respect for the progressive values and spirit of independence of the people who live in Seattle and make it such a great city.
After earning an economics degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Washington, Mike has spent most of his professional career working in financial management. He served for 10 years as the chief financial officer at the local law firm of Stokes Lawrence, where he oversaw budgeting, financial reporting, and forecasting. Mike originally got involved in local politics through the Sierra Club where he has been a volunteer for nine years, serving most recently as chair of the Washington State chapter. Mike lives with his wife and two sons in Fremont.

 

JEFF REIBMAN
MODERATOR, FROM CHOCOLATES TO CAROBS

Jeff is a Partner at Weber Thompson and Co-Manager of the Mid-Rise Residential and Affordable Housing team. For over 20 years Jeff has worked throughout Seattle with a focus on residential design, developing his expertise in creative land use solutions and complex entitlement processes. As of late, he has incorporated façade preservation and sustainable solutions as applied to multi-family developments into his repertoire, exemplified in the notable Sunset Electric, a 92-unit apartment project certified LEED Platinum for Homes. Outside the office he serves as a board member for Great City, a Seattle think-do tank dedicated to quality urban growth.

 

SLOAN RITCHIE
PRESENTER, FROM CHOCOLATES TO CAROBS

Sloan is the founder of Cascade Built and a pioneer in Seattle’s sustainable building movement. A LEED accredited and Passive House certified builder, Sloan draws upon his understanding of building science and over a decade of experience as a green builder to construct the city’s most energy efficient homes. His mission is to change the way homes are built in Seattle and the way people in these homes think about their comfort, health, and quality of life. He seeks to educate consumer audiences on the benefits of choosing a high performance, passive house-constructed home, and refute myths that prevent the benefits of green homes from being realized.


FRANCK ROUGIER
PRESENTER, INNOVATING NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN 21ST CENTURY HOMES AND PANELIST, BUILT GREEN TO LIVING GREEN

Franck is the CTO of Kirio, Inc., a hardware/software manufacturer in Lynnwood, Washington designing, developing, and implementing the Kirio Base Active Home Management System. Franck earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic University, and his Master’s Degree in Sensor Based Robotics and Controls from New York University. Previously, Franck was President of Blue Helios Inc., a software development consulting company serving the alternative investment industry. Franck lives in the first speculative-built Passive House in Seattle.

Julio Sanchez  
PANELIST, Builder-neighbor relations: a panel on improving communities and relationships

Julio Sanchez moved to Seattle 20 years ago. Since then, he has developed a strong and varied volunteer life focused on community centered organizations and environmental justice issues. His professional life has included media, communications, outreach, fundraising, training and facilitation work.

At present Julio is able to combine two of his strengths, community engagement and environmental justice work, in his position with Puget Sound Clean Air as a Community Engagement Associate. His current volunteer and civic engagements include the Seattle Planning Commission, Environmental People of Color (E.P.O.C), and Got Green Board.

KARIN WEEKLY
PANELIST, BUILT GREEN TO LIVING GREEN

Karin and her husband Bryan purchased their first home, a zHome, two years ago in July 2014. They weren't initially looking to purchase a green home, but the more they learned about the zHome project, the more convinced they became that zHome was the right fit for them. They are still in love with their new home two years later and have found that it enables them to live a sustainable lifestyle with "net zero" impact on their comfort.


 

DAN WILDENHAUS
PRESENTER, CODES GOT YOU IN HOT WATER?

As the Building Science Manager for CLEAResult, Dan is completely immersed in the discussion of what is required to create high performance buildings. Dan has over 20 years of experience working directly for a contractor, performing energy audits and ratings, weatherization repairs, and consulting and analysis for private clients in both new construction and the existing buildings market. Dan currently provides building science consultation, training, and presentation services for a variety of programs across the country.

 

lisa vatske
PANELIST, HOW CAN GREEN BUILDERS AND BUILT GREEN SUPPORT AFFORDABILITY?

Lisa Vatske is the Washington State Housing Finance Commission’s Director of the Multifamily Housing and Community Facilities Division. She has over 20 years of experience in housing, community and economic development finance and programs, holding various positions within the Washington State Department of Commerce, over an 18 year period, with over 6 years as Managing Director of the Washington State Housing Trust Fund.  In addition Lisa held positions in the Washington State Employment Security Department as well as the Department of Social and Health Services.  Lisa was instrumental in the start-up and financing for Fish Brewing Company, producing Fish Tale Ales and served as their Chief Financial Officer.  She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a BBA in Business Finance.