Summer Sustainability Institute Speakers

Sylvania, SS 217 | 971-722-4097 |

Todd Sanders

Engineering Instructor and STTE PI, Portland Community College

Todd has a MS and Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Delaware and a BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University.  Todd also has expertise in environmental issues, particularly in the areas of wetlands and water.  He is heavily involved with sustainability efforts on PCC’s Sylvania Campus, and recently developed a project-based learning course in which engineering students designed, sourced, and built a biodiesel reactor that now supplies fuel, made from used cafeteria grease, to the College’s Alternative Fuels program in PCC’s Automotive Department.  Todd served as Senior Personnel on PCC’s NSF ATE Planning Grant and as PI on PCC’s NSF CSEMS grant.

Kim Smith:
Kim Smith "Framing Curriculum Development"

Sociology Instructor, Portland Community College

Kim received her BA in Sociology from Whitman College and her MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University.  She has taught sociology at Portland Community College for 13 years and specializes in environmental sociology and social movements.  Kim also has served as PCC’s Service-Learning Coordinator and Teaching Learning Center Co-Director and currently is the Training Coordinator for PCC’s Sustainability Training for Technical Educators NSF grant.  She is committed to promoting sustainability within the community and has worked closely with many non-profits, including the Northwest Earth Institute, Community Energy Project, City Repair, and Hands on Greater Portland, where she served as a board member for six years.

Dan Saddler:
Dan Sadler"Principles of Green Building"

Green Building Consultant and Builder Outreach Specialist, Earth Advantage, Inc.

Dan joined the Earth Advantage team in February 2008 to support builders as they navigate the green building certification process.  His efforts support the department of Green Building Consultants that market Earth Advantage building programs and deliver technical trainings to building industry professionals.  Dan also holds certifications as a LEED Accredited Professional and Sustainability Building Advisor.  Native to Gresham, OR, Dan is active with the OSU-Extension Master Recycler program.

Gregg Robinson:
Gregg Robinson"Advanced House as a System"

Residential Technical Specialist, Energy Trust of Oregon New Homes

Gregg Robinson has over 7 years of experience working in residential buildings. Gregg has spent the past two years working on residential energy efficiency programs, providing audits and diagnostics, computer modeling, and provides technical and field support to contractors and builders. He is active in the development and introduction of the Energy Performance Score, which is an independent home assessment of energy efficiency and carbon emissions. Previous to his work in energy efficiency, Gregg worked with a leading national homebuilder and as a seasonal electrician for five years. He has Bachelors of Science degrees in Public Relations and Environmental Studies from Ithaca College in New York.

Denise Roy:
"Energy Analysis Exercises"

Architectural Design and Drafting Instructor, Portland Community College

Denise holds degrees in Design, Housing Studies, Urban Planning and Architecture.  She worked for architectural firms for 12 years before joining the Architectural Design and Drafting program at PCC in 2001.  Personal interest in sustainability, spawned from architectural studies at the University of Oregon laid the groundwork for embedding sustainability topics in some of the courses she teaches.  Working with other architectural faculty, a Sustainable Building Certificate was created in 2005 to meet the growing need for such coursework.  Denise became a Certified Sustainable Homes Professional and has been one of the faculty interns for PCC’s STTE grant.  She recently attended the StudienForum Berlin (studies in Germany’s environmental and energy strategies).

Amanda Ferroggiaro:
Amanda Ferroggiaro "Energy Analysis Exercises"

Interior Design Instructor and Department Chair, Portland Community College

Amanda has been a full-time college instructor for 5 years; she has been a full-time instructor with the college since spring of 2007.  Prior to that, Amanda worked in residential and commercial sectors of interior design, all within architecture offices. Her new focus is on how interior design plays a role in the sustainability movement.  Beyond her educational focus to reduce the environmental impact of interior design products and renovation projects is the subject of social equity and her deep interest in how interior design can improve the lives of all users.

Abby Mages

Senior Buyer, Ecohaus

Abby Mages co-founded Portland-based Environmental Building Supplies (EBS) in 1993 with her husband, Markus Stoffel. She helped turn the company into a multi-million-dollar business, and was integral in the process of merging EBS with Environmental Home Center to form ecohaus.  While at EBS, Mages delivered superior results in merchandising and customer service. She has extensive knowledge in green building materials and has directed numerous commercial projects. She is considered an expert in the industry, and is a sought-after speaker in the Portland area.  In addition, Mages has a Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music and is a GIA-certified gemologist.

Jonathan Cohen:
Jonathan Cohen "An Introduction to Solar Electric and Solar Hot Water Systems"

Imagine Energy and OIT

Jonathan Cohen is a principal and chief engineer for Imagine Energy, LLC in Portland, Oregon.  He founded the company in 2004 and has established a new market for energy consulting and contracting in the residential and business sector.  Jonathan offers a deep knowledge in building science and energy efficiency, solar PV, solar thermal, wind energy, heat pumps, and other energy technologies. Jonathan has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and M.S. studies in the same. He has served as a test engineer at Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park, CA and the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, CO.   He is also an instructor at Oregon institute of Technology's renewable energy engineering program, teaching practical PV design and installation.

John Shaw:
John Shaw "Integrated Solar Design and Mechanical Systems"

Facilities Maintenance Instructor, Portland Community College

John built his own solar home in the 1970s and founded a Solar Energy Association that grew to over 300 active members.  He taught solar home design classes at the college level and hosted the first Solar Conference of Washington State.  The keynote speaker was Amory Lovins and nearly 3500 were in attendance for the three-day event.  As a licensed contractor, John helped prospective new homebuilders secure permits and begin construction of their own homes.

John holds certificates as a Welding Instructor and Senior Manufacturing Engineer, is a certified Network Technologies Instructor, and holds an Oregon Electrical License.  He has just completed his STTE internship this spring.  As an educator, John has taught in a private technical school for 18 years and in community colleges for 35 years. Some of the courses Mr. Shaw has taught include: machine tooling; industrial welding certification; building construction; electrical trades; computerized machine controls; passive solar home design; building energy management; process maintenance; hydronic heating; heat pumps; and photovoltaic systems.

Mark Whitney:
Mark Whitney "Sustainable Lighting Concepts"

LC, LEED Accredited Professional, Lighting Specialist, Portland General Electric

Mark has more than 14 years of professional lighting experience with Portland General Electric.  He has also worked in many areas of the residential and commercial energy efficiency fields since 1978.  He currently provides technical lighting support for residential, commercial and industrial customers of all types and sizes. This may include an on-site consultation and other customer service support activities including helping customers get involved with Energy Trust efficiency programs. 

Mark dedicates a portion of his time to lighting education and is active with the Illuminating Engineering Society including a recent term as the Oregon Section President.

Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Carthage College.  He is Lighting Certified through the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions and a LEED Accredited Professional through the USGBC.

Jesse Holland:
Jesse Holland"Energy Efficient Appliances"

Energy Trust of Oregon

Jesse Holland is a Sr. Project Coordinator with Portland Energy Conservation, Inc and currently supports the administration of the Energy Trust of Oregon New Homes and Products program. He has been working in energy efficiency for six years. Jesse has worked at virtually every level of energy efficient rebate programs for utility programs across the Northwest. 

David Heslam:
David Heslam "Indoor Air Quality and Sustainable Materials"

Remodeling and EPS Program Manager, Earth Advantage Institute (EAI)

Heslam owned and managed the residential general contracting firm Coho Construction Services, Inc., the first company to build a net-zero-energy home in Portland, Oregon. Heslam is a national award winner for green custom home construction and a certified professional of the Building Performance Institute. Heslam serves as the lead instructor for the Sustainable Homes Professional certification course in Portland, OR. David is a leader in adopting and developing green building practices. He is a national award winner for green custom home construction and a certified professional of the Building Performance Institute. David has been an Earth Advantage Builder since 2002 and his company Coho Construction Services, Inc. was the first to build a Net-Zero Energy home in Portland. As past chapter president and regional board member of NW Eco-building Guild, David helped the organization receive an Environmental Achievement Award in 1997 from the Rotary Club of Portland. David also has a firm grounding in economics and policy studies and brings these skills to his position as lead instructor for EAI’s Sustainable Homes Professional certification course.

Professional Credentials/Licenses/Certifications include: BPI Analyst, CCB Licensed Contractor, ETO Solar Trade Ally, EnergyStar Builder with concentrations and specialties in: Zero Net Energy Homes Design and Construction, High Performance Home Design and Construction, Super-Insulated wall systems, Alternative wall systems.

Maria Cahill:
Maria Cahill "Low Impact Development"

Green Girl, Sustainable Site Specialist, Green Girl Land Development Solutions

Maria Cahill earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. For eight years, she worked for pioneers of holistic land development back East in landscape architecture and engineering firms working on large scale planning projects and watershed assessments and green land development projects. In the four years before starting Green Girl LDS, Maria carried out civil engineering design and project management to create construction documents and secure permits for some of the leading sustainable projects in the Portland metropolitan region. Her current business is dedicated to providing technical assistance and training to land development professionals.

Douglas Paul:
Douglas Paul"Low Impact Development"

VP/GM, Stormwater Protection Services (SPS)

Doug has been in the waterworks business for over 20 years. In 2002, he started SPS seeing a need for companies to maintain stormwater catchments and filtration systems. The company started with one cleaning unit serving the Eugene/Springfield area and now has three cleaning units serving the State of Oregon.  SPS services a wide spectrum of customers (industrial to large retail) maintaining catch basins, water quality vaults, drywells and bio-swales. Our focus is to assist our customers in meeting their local and state regulations for preventing stormwater pollution. Our motto is "Take The Lead Make The Difference."

Bill Siebold
Bill Siebold

Academic Department Director, Art Institute of Portland

Bill is the Director of Web Design & Interactive Media, Mathematics, Natural Science, Computer Science, and Sustainable Design at AIP.  He also is the co-founder and curriculum developer of the Academic Minor in Sustainable Design at the Art Institute of Portland.  Bill has an M.S. in Microbiology/Molecular Biology from Oregon State University.

Molly Deas
Molly Deas

Academic Department Director, Art Institute of Portland Community College

Molly is the Director of Interior Design and Sustainable Design at AIP.  Molly also is the co-founder and curriculum developer of the Academic Minor in Sustainable Design at the Art Institute of Portland. Molly has an M.S. in Sustainable Design from Antioch University.


Dick O’Connor:
Dick O'Connor "Academic Standards and Green Building"

Executive Director of the Oregon Building Congress and Founder of the Oregon Building Congress Academy for Architecture, Construction and Engineering

Dick has been the Executive Director of the Oregon Building Congress since 1997.  In this role he has collaborated with both management and labor to build the OBC into an award winning and nationally-recognized organization. The major activities of the OBC include: the publication of Building Futures magazine which is distributed at no charge to 20,000 students in high school and community college construction or construction-related courses in Oregon and southwestern Washington; Math, Science, Design and Sustainable Building workshops for middle and high school teachers.  These workshops have been accredited by Oregon State and Portland State Universities; Construction Academy programs for high school students.  These programs have been held from Cowlitz County in the north to Jackson County in the south.  Students learn about safety, correct use of tools, apprenticeship, and how math is used to build structures; and Academy for Architecture, Construction and Engineering which opened in September 2008 at the Pacific Northwest Carpenter’s Institute in Portland.  This school draws students from Gresham-Barlow, Reynolds, Centennial, Sandy and Parkrose School Districts. Over 200 students attend the school.

Todd Nell:
Todd Nell "Career Readiness Certificate"

Education and Workforce Program Administrator, Oregon's Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Todd has a background in education, customer service, and sales/marketing. Prior to his current role with CCWD, he was a business instructor for Northwest Christian University (NCU) for three years. He has a MBA from NCU and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon.

Paul Joiner:
Paul Joiner "Project-based Learning and Green Building Career Opportunities"

Apprenticeship Prep. Mgr., Apprenticeship and Training Division, BOLI

Paul joined the Bureau of Labor and Industries, Apprenticeship and Training Division in July of 2007, as an apprenticeship consultant. Paul has served as the Youth Preparation Manager for ATD since January of 2008.  At this time, Paul leads the only such program in the United States.

In that role, Paul has worked closely with school districts, industry leaders, and Oregon’s premiere apprenticeship programs to pave the pathway from Oregon’s educational system to our continually developing and changing workforce. The resulting training programs promote and provide exposure to the high-wage, high-demand occupations available in the trades.

Major achievements since 2008 include: Portland Metro Youth Apprenticeship, with Benson High School and industry partners PCC Structurals, Columbia Wire & Iron, and Gunderson Inc.; Tillamook Clatsop Youth Apprenticeship, with industry partners Stimson Lumber, Hampton Lumber, and Tillamook Cheese; Polk Yamhill Youth Apprenticeship, with industry partners Cascade Steel and Hampton Lumber; and Pre-apprenticeship programs: Springfield Schools, Corvallis, and South Albany with industry partners NECA/IBEW, Oregon Laborers Training Center, Aprovecho and Operating Engineers Training Center.

Spencer Hinkle:
"Instructor Tools and Resource Sharing"

Building Construction Instructor, Portland Community College

Spencer holds degrees in Building Construction Technology and Geography and is a Certified Kitchen Designer.  He is the co-creator of PCC’s Sustainability Building Certificate and developed PCC’s sustainable building courses.  In addition, Spencer has extensive experience providing professional development to K-12 teachers and he has established excellent relationships with construction industry partners.  Spencer has served as the PI on the NSF ATE Project Framing Student Success and has just completed an internship with the STTE grant.

Sean Penrith
Sean Penrith

Executive Director, Earth Advantage Institute (EAI)

Since 2005, Sean and his team have successfully grown Earth Advantage, Inc. into a leading program provider and think-tank to devise creative green building, green market and climate change solutions for the built environment.  A native South African, Sean graduated as an electrical engineer and is currently working towards his MBA in Global Management.  Sean established a distribution business in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and from a garage outside of Johannesburg, he started the Green Glass Company that grew into an acclaimed, international sustainable glassware manufacturer with three high-speed plants worldwide. Showcasing his patented glass technology at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg led to his involvement in community work.  Sean has been fortunate to work with international community leaders that are pressing hard to make global change in the social and environmental arenas.

Peter West

Director of Renewable Energy, Energy Trust of Oregon

Peter has served in a variety of leadership roles and has received numerous awards.  As Director of Renewable Energy for the Energy Trust of Oregon, Peter and the Energy Trust received the Special Achievement Award from the American Wind Energy Association in 2005.

Previously, Peter was the Assistant Director for Renewable Northwest Project, a leading renewable advocacy group for renewable energy. In 2002, he was awarded the national Green Power Leadership Award for innovative outreach efforts to promote renewable energy.  Peter was the founding President of the Climate Trust, an organization developing global warming mitigation measures and educational projects. He also helped to launch the Oregon Rivers Council, now the Pacific Rivers Council, and served as the Supervisory Regional Economist for Bonneville Power, overseeing economic and electrical demand analysis and forecasting. Prior to working at Bonneville Power, he held positions as an Agricultural Resource Economist for Oregon State University working on cost-effective strategies to control soil erosion.

Mr. West has a graduate degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics from Oregon State University and a bachelors of Science degree in Economics from the University of Maine.