We often hear about Seattle policy, but some smaller cities in our region have taken large steps to support green building too. Did you know that Kirkland was a leader in expediting permits for green building? Or that all development in the Issaquah Highlands had to be certified to green building standards? Or that Arlington allows more height for green or affordable buildings in its downtown?
The mayors from these three cities will share information about the green building successes that have been achieved in their cities and what visions they have for the future. Come learn what these cities have planned for green development and how you can contribute to their progress.
Mayor Pauly moved to Issaquah in 1993 with her husband Karl and young children. She served on the City of Issaquah’s Development Commission from 1994 until she stepped down in 2013 to run for a city councilmember seat. She served as a city councilmember for one term until she was elected Mayor in November 2017.
Mayor Pauly lived on Squak Mountain for over two decades and recently moved to Olde Town. Mayor Pauly has a background in civil engineering and has worked in both the public and private sectors as a Public Works Engineer and an Environmental Engineering Consultant. She received her engineering degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and began her municipal engineering background working in a Public Works Engineering and Operations Department.
After moving to Washington, Mayor Pauly worked for 20 years on environmental sites in Pierce, Snohomish, and King counties. Her passion and interests in public service are focused on land use and development issues and transportation planning.
Patti Southard is the program manager for the GreenTools green building program in King County, Washington. At King County, Southard runs the Sustainable Cities Program, which focuses on coordinating all of King County’s 39 cities on built-environment and climate-related policies.
Additionally, Southard provides technical assistance for the County’s LEED, Living Building Challenge, and Built Green initiatives. Southard is a two-time Harvard Bright Idea Award winner and recently received Governor Jay Inslee’s Solar Community Award for the Regional Code Collaboration, which she co-chairs with Kathleen Petrie, also with King County.
Southard was raised on her family farm and has focused her sustainable development career on the juxtaposition between rural and urban communities and planning. Southard’s personal accolades include the Built Green Pioneer Award, Cascadia Green Building Council Public Sector Leadership Award, Sustainable Cities Inspirational Leadership Award, is a Cascadia Fellow, Living Future Hero and Honorary AIA.
Barb Tolbert is Mayor for the City of Arlington elected in 2011 and 2015, and has provided leadership through financial crisis and the 2014 SR-530 Mudslide.
Actively involved with many of Snohomish County and Arlington’s volunteer organizations, Barb served in board positions with Snohomish County Tourism, WA State Aviation Advisory Committee, Arlington Airport Commission, and the Arlington Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.
Barb’s representation during the SR-530 disaster led to her being named one of the most influential people 2014 by Seattle Magazine.
Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen has been instrumental in Kirkland’s efforts to revitalize the Totem Lake Business District. She seeks to further raise Kirkland’s profile in local, regional and state-wide initiatives such as transportation infrastructure and strategic economic development. Originally from Oregon, Mayor Walen attended University of Queensland in Australia, graduating in 1990. She practiced law in Australia until she returned to Oregon in 1994. Upon an interest in purchasing Ford of Kirkland, the Walens moved to the Kirkland area. Mayor Walen is currently the chief financial officer at Ford Hyundai of Kirkland, located in the Totem Lake Business District.