Jon Alexander is the President of Sunshine Construction LLC and has been a general contractor for 35 years. Jon is one of the founders of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and has given numerous presentations and workshops on green and healthy building at local and national conferences.Sunshine Construction has specialized in green building & remodeling since 1992 and did Built Green’s first 5-Star new home & its first 5 Star remodel. Jon has a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington and is a 4th generation contractor.

Sunshine Construction


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Laura was the lead author of the San Francisco Graywater Design Manual for Outdoor Irrigation and the author of the how-to books Greywater, Greenlandscape and The Water-Wise Home: How to Capture, Conserve, and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape, which includes technical instructions for design and installation of greywater systems. Laura has worked with many cities and municipals in California and Oregon on greywater programs. Laura has worked on the state plumbing code regulating greywater since 2009 and with multiple jurisdictions in California to streamline their process for permitting greywater systems. She is on the technical advisory committee for the International Association of Mechanical and Plumbing Officials’ (IAPMO) Water Efficiency Standard (We-STAND). 

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An Architect and Associate at Weber Thompson since 2012, Emily’s technical, artistic and detail oriented work method has made her a dynamic and valued team member. Emily has over ten years of experience in all phases of design from pre-design through construction administration working on a variety of project types including mixed-use, multi-family, and higher education. She is the technical architect on the under-construction Pike Passive Condominiums which is one of the first multifamily buildings in the country to pursue the rigorous certification from Passive House US and is designed to use 70% less energy than a conventional multifamily building. 

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Doug spent summers during his school and college years apprenticing with his father’s Colorado-based plumbing 

company. With a degree in interior design and over 20 years in the construction industry, Doug has a full grasp of all aspects of the building process and a depth of knowledge that allows him to uphold the highest quality standards. Just as he strives for quality in every aspect of a building project, Doug is constantly looking for ways to repurpose materials and make the most of each hour on the job-site. He has a well earned reputation for quality craftsmanship, trustworthiness, and dependability.

Mighty House Construction



Laura is co-founder and managing partner at Mighty House Construction - a sustainable home remodeling company, Mighty Energy Solutions - a distributor of efficient and comfortable heating solutions, and an über volunteer/Regional Board Member of the NW EcoBuilding Guild. For over 20 years, Laura has utilized education and outreach to influence positive change towards sustainability. She believes that an open mind, a willingness to learn, and the commitment to take action on lots of small, sticky, positive choices will result in healthy homes for us and the environment.

Mighty House Construction



Aileen has master’s Degrees in architecture and Fine Arts. She is Green-Advantage Certified, a Healthy Home Specialist, a Certified Lead Renovator and a Dust Sampling Technician. Currently she is working for the Tribal Healthy Homes Network as their Technical Advisor and Trainer, training tribal communities in the northwest, including Alaska, as well as nationally in the airMATTERS program. She also manages a pilot asthma home visiting program, funded by the EPA Region 10, with the Tulalip Tribes.  She is a regional trainer and Affiliate Lecturer for the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Healthy Homes Courses. 

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Susannah Hale is VP of Philanthropy at Forterra, a valued 29+ year organization that has conserved over 275,000 acres of keystone lands in the Pacific Northwest.  Recently, Susannah facilitated a grassroots campaign with tribes and community members to secure over 4,000 acres along the North Cascades. She is eager to bring her skills in fundraising and land acquisition to this project.




Meg Hartwig is an artist, carpenter and educator living and working in Seattle.  Hartwig was born and raised in Michigan and is currently a ten year resident of the Emerald City.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Illustration In Michigan, a Post Baccalaureate in Ceramics from Louisiana State University, and a Masters of Fine Arts, 3D4M, at the University of Washington.  Hartwig brings extensive teaching experience to Sawhorse Revolution, has been swinging a hammer with the organization since it’s beginning days, and is now the head of Interagency Academy Programming. 

Sawhorse Revolution



Andrew Heben has a background in urban planning and is the author of Tent City Urbanism: From Self-Organized Camps to Tiny House Villages. The ideas within his book have been put into action through the co-founding of SquareOne Villages, a nonprofit creating self-managed communities of cost-effective tiny homes for people in need of housing. As project director at SquareOne, he has overseen the development of three unique tiny home communities in Lane County, Oregon and has consulted with dozens of other groups looking to start similar projects in their town. Andrew also recently designed and built his own 384 square foot home.

SquareOne Villages



Denise Henrikson learned that listening deeply to those most impacted can shed light on program strengths and areas of need during her career as a policy analyst and program evaluator. These insights inform her work to build cultural resilience in preparation for a changing climate by convening strategic partnerships that enable each member to better meet their mission and serve their populations. 



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Serina Holmstrom spent five years as a counselor for at-risk youth and families before pursuing residential interior design. Serina is enthusiastic about bringing her passion for social justice, background in direct service, and aesthetic gifts to create community-designed spaces that balance beauty and function




Lucas is a building scientist who has worked as a builder, utility program manager, enclosure systems consultant, and clean tech venture capital consultant to deliver Zero Net Energy, Passive House, Living Future, and even two of his own standards: SUN Buildings and Active House. Lucas holds a degree in Physicochemical Biology as well as a Master of Environmental Science and EcoEntrepreneurship. His position at 475 is his dream job since he gets to share his experience by collaborating with architects, engineers, and builders to make their projects cost-effective, carbon negative, healthy, durable, and enjoyable.

475 High Performance Building Supply


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Marty is recognized for his leadership in community revitalization, poverty alleviation, green building, board development, networks, and strategic alliances domestically and globally. As executive director of HDC, Marty leads an association of 165 diverse organizations in a shared mission to increase access to affordable housing. A first career as founder of a diversified construction business and a subsequent degree in social work allowed Marty to merge his passion for the built environment with his commitment to social justice—and ​led him directly to the affordable housing sector. 

Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County



Originally from Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tahmina lived in Yemen before arriving at a farm in Idaho. A registered dietitian by education, Tahmina has worked with refugee and immigrant resiliency projects for the last 25 years. Most recently, she taught at the University of Utah, division of Nutrition and developed and taught computer literacy classes at the Utah Refugee Education Center. Tahmina has been with World Relief Seattle since 2016.  She oversees the new Resiliency and Empowerment programs at World Relief Seattle that includes women’s empowerment programs through sewing and literacy as well as teaching/commercial kitchen and gardening.

World Relief Seattle



With over 15 years of experience as an architect and high performance building consultant, David works to integrate engineering and architectural solutions into unified, ecologically-inspired designs for a variety of projects. He utilizes his unique holistic knowledge of the built environment to provide technical consulting services that assist in the design and implementation of highly sustainable solutions. A committed advocate for net-positive buildings, David is passionate about advancing building performance to create a carbon neutral future.



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Roy explores design through architecture, craft, and community based participatory art and research projects. He has designed tiny homes, cabins, wilderness quest base camps, homes, and more.   Roy believes strongly in the power of groups to transform perceptions of power and responsibility, allowing communities to act as agents in the design of their built environment and in the process empowering and connecting to one another and the environment. Roy also finds great pleasure in travel, urban homesteading, spending time with family and friends, as well as hobby carpentry, making art, and dance.

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Shawn Oram leads the design team. His work at Ecotope since 2002 focuses on energy efficiency and its relationship to building systems design. Mr. Oram has a deep knowledge of buildings, systems and energy use gained through field studies, research, energy audits, code compliance analysis, extensive energy modeling, commissioning, and design of HVAC and plumbing systems. He assisted in creation of the guidelines for the Design for Off TM approach to creating low energy buildings.

Ecotope Inc.



George Ostrow is an architect in Seattle specializing in green design. VELOCIPEDE’s projects include net zero energy, net zero water, Passivhaus, Built Green 5 Star and Emerald Star, and LEED Platinum. Velocipede's work has been published locally and nationally, and received awards from Built Green and the Master Builders Association. His 20 year old firm designs single family, multifamily, and commercial projects, in both modern and traditional aesthetics, all over the Puget Sound region.  George commutes daily by bicycle and his shower is fed by a CO2 heat pump water heater (COP of 4.0, GWP of 1).

Velocipede Architects


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Thor Peterson is owner of Synthesis Consultants, a green building and sustainable communities consultancy. With nearly 20 years of advocating for resource conservation and healthy built environments, Thor works to provide technical and strategic information to design and construction professionals, building owners and public sector organizations to effect beneficial change in the way we construct, operate and maintain our built environment.  Thor holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on environmental policy from the University of Washington. 

Synthesis Consultants



As the founder of Living Shelter Design in 1992, Terry is an early adopter of deep green sustainable homes and lifestyles. Her outreach includes radio talk show programming (The Eco-Logical Home), hands-on straw bale construction workshop trainings, and interactive conference presentations, all with a goal to help facilitate exponential change toward a resilient future. Terry is a self-taught architect and Washington State native, and served on the regional board of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild from 2004 to 2009, finishing her term as Co-Chair. Her published works have appeared nationally and regionally, including articles in Natural Home and Mother Earth News.

Principal, Living Shelter Design



Susan Russell is an artist, Real Change vendor and housing activist, having spent 8+ years living on the streets of Seattle/King County. She is the requested keynote speaker and was awarded the 2018 Real Change ChangeMaker Award for her work bringing people together through art, compassion, love and action. 




Samantha has a Masters in Architecture from North Dakota State University where she received the prestigious Peter F. McKenzie Memorial Award for her social justice thesis. Following graduation, she worked professionally developing tribal communities across five states in the Midwest though sustainability-driven projects that provided better access to quality healthcare and housing.  Entertaining a love for building, she has traveled to underserved communities across the United States and internationally for design-build projects and flipped her own home. She eventually entered into the trades as a carpenter, framing houses in Minnesota before coming to work for Sawhorse Revolution. 

Sawhorse Revolution



At King County Southard runs the Sustainable Cities Program which focuses on coordinating King County’s cities on built environment and climate related policies through a countywide Green Building Task Force (GBTF). In addition Southard provides technical assistance for the County’s LEED, Living Building Challenge and Built Green initiatives. Southard has led the GreenTools program as 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 chairs. 

Program Manager, King County GreenTools



Aaron has built a resume in master planning, sustainable mixed-use design, and urban design. His passion in architecture can be found in projects that relate to urban density—often including some aspect of mixed-use occupancies, and restoration/renovation of existing structures—and integrated sustainable building strategies. Aaron is a licensed architect in the State of Washington, a Certified Passive House Consultant and has LEED GA certification from the USGBC. 

Weber Thompson



Nancy Uding is Program Director with Toxic-Free Future.  Toxic-Free Future wins policy and marketplace campaigns that protect the health of people and the environment from emerging toxic chemicals such as cancer causing water-and stain-resistant PFAS, toxic flame retardants, and hormone disrupting phthalates.  Nancy is currently working with a national coalition to reduce exposure of children and pregnant women to phthalate-contaminated food, is working on a Seattle and King County Public Health collaborative project to increase awareness of lead exposure in historically underserved communities, and tracks data on chemicals reported to Washington state under the Children's Safe Products Act. 

Toxic-Free Future



As the Building Science Manager for TRC, Dan has completely immersed in the discussion of what is required to create High Performance Buildings. Dan has over 23 years of experience working directly for both a contractor and a Rating company; performing energy audits & Ratings, weatherization repairs, consulting & analysis for private clients in both New Construction and the existing buildings market. After 15 years working directly in the field, Dan transitioned to the consulting side of the business, working with program implementation companies, finding a home with TRC. Dan currently provides staff management, Building Science consultation, QA/QC design, code evaluation, market channel development, and training & presentation services for a variety of utility and Home Certification Programs.







2018 Summit Sponsors

Thank you sponsors for your generous support. Interested in sponsoring? Please email Jenny Heins at nwgreen@ecobuilding.org for more details.

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9:00am - 9:30am // Registration, Coffee & Mingling
9:30am - 10:00am // Welcome
10:00am - 11:00am // Keynote Presentation: Mark Lakeman
11:15am - 12:30pm // Educational Sessions 1 
12:30pm - 1:30pm // Lunch and Trade Show
1:30pm - 2:30pm // Educational Sessions 2
2:45pm - 3:45pm // Educational Sessions 3 
4:00pm - 5:00pm // Educational Sessions 4 
5:00pm - 7:00pm // Happy Hour and Trade Show
5:15pm - 5:30 pm // Closing Inspiration: Aji Piper


Join us Saturday, October 27th, for a day of sharing, chatting, toasting and note-taking. An opportunity to step outside your daily routine, get inspired by our fantastic speakers, and connect with sustainable building professionals from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We're looking forward to learning from one another, sharing best practices, and re-energizing our vision to drive the green building movement forward. Registration includes light breakfast, lunch, and networking reception (with appetizers and drinks).

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of builders, designers, suppliers, homeowners, and partners concerned with ecological building in the Pacific Northwest. The Guild empowers people through education to transform the built environment for long term sustainability.