Local governments are taking an increasingly active role in setting policy and initiatives to reduce their GHG emissions, including adopting their own climate change action plans. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are produced by buildings is a critical component of combating climate change. Offering incentives, revising codes, and implementing various other policies can help municipalities reach their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and collectively shift to zero building greenhouse gas emissions.
During this session, attendees will get a better understanding of a variety of incentive options and discover what Seattle, King County, Shoreline, and Kirkland are doing to create successful shifts in the market. This will be followed by a panel discussion from government representatives on the green building incentive programs successes and challenges.
Check out Shift Zero’s Zero Net Carbon Policy Toolkit for a sneak peak of some of the ideas and incentives that will be discussed.
Scott is a senior planner in the city of Kirkland’s Planning and Building Department. Scott is the program lead for city’s green building program, which offers expedited permit review for single-family residential construction that meets Built Green and LEED rating standards. He also works on major development projects that are required to meet the city’s LEED rating standards.
Scott graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Community and Environmental Planning and is a LEED-accredited professional. He is an active member of the King County-Cities Climate Collaboration.
Jess Harris is the green building program manager with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. Jess is responsible for implementing, marketing, and managing SDCI’s green building incentive programs. He directed the creation of one of the region’s first expedited permit incentives: Priority Green. He worked with the Bullitt Center to guide them through Seattle’s Living Building Pilot process. Jess has a long history at the city and is a “go-to” person for green building. Previously, Jess was a senior land use planner working on many development projects like libraries, fire stations, schools, and Rainier Vista.
Rose has over 15 years working in green building, where she’s done everything from project management on large developments to education and advocacy. She is leading the Whatcom Housing Alliance, a coalition to encourage smart growth, and initiated the Zero Net Carbon Building Alliance, Shift Zero. She has lead place-making efforts throughout Bellingham, launching events like the Commercial Street Night Market and the Birchwood International Market as opportunities to create more vibrant places.
Other initiatives include Solarize, which led to over $2 million in solar investment in Whatcom County. Rose has a deep-seated passion for sustainable living and she practices this in her daily life. She is a curious blend of urban farmer, green building pioneer, and cheerful community-maker.
Miranda grew up in the mountains of Virginia and attended the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture under Dean William McDonough, who inspired her with “waste-equals-food” and “cradle-to-cradle” sustainable design principles. She joined the city of Shoreline in 2007 as a senior planner specializing in developing and implementing long-range strategic plans.
From 2013–2016, she managed subarea planning for two light rail stations coming to Shoreline in 2024. Until mid-August, she worked to bring the vision of the subarea plans to reality through multimodal corridor planning and developing programs to administer green building and affordable housing mandates. She has recently transitioned to Sound Transit as a High Capacity Transit Project Manager working on the North Link corridor.
Kathleen Petrie is a Green Code Specialist for King County’s Solid Waste Division. Kathleen has worked at national, state, and local levels on regulation associated with material, energy, and water conservation, as well as policy development and implementation associated with carbon reduction. Kathleen was appointed to the Green Technical Advisory Group of the Washington State Building Code Council and has participated as a development committee member in the areas of water and material conservation for ASHRAE 189.1, the National Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings.