2010 Summer Sustainability Institute Speakers

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Leonard Barrett:
Leonard Barrett

President, Barrett Ecological Services

Leonard Barrett is an ecological landscape designer and educator. His firm, Barrett Ecological Services, designs and consults on a variety of projects, from urban backyards to rural farms to college campuses. He lectures and teaches widely on Permaculture Design and Ecological Gardening. His work has been featured in Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, the foremost book on its subject.

Clark Brockman, SERA:
Clark Brockman

Director of Sustainability Resources, SERA Architects

Clark Brockman is the past Chair of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council Board of Directors and a current board member. He is also a new founding board member for the International Living Building Institute and serves on the Advisory Board for The Natural Step Network. He has served in a green building advisory capacity to Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development, the Portland Development Commission, Multnomah County, the office of the Oregon Governor, the Oregon Business Council and Oregon Congressman David Wu’s office. He is also a frequent lecturer and panel participant on sustainable design, green building and energy efficiency policy, and the impact of the built environment on climate change.

Maria Cahill:
Maria Cahill

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.

Steve Carper:
Steve Carper

Conservation Technician, Tualatin Valley Water District

Steve Carper’s focus is on developing and implementing TVWD’s B.I.G. conservation program for Business, Industry, Government and Multi-Family Housing facilities within the district. Steve is an alumni of the University of Oregon with majors in Geography, Environmental Studies and a minor in Landscape Architecture. His professional background includes 15 years in the Willamette Valley landscape industry with experience in construction, irrigation and maintenance. Steve has served on the Oregon State Landscape Contractor’s Board since 2007. He is an Irrigation Association (IA) trained adult education instructor and is also IA certified as a Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA). Steve is a Past-Chair of the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association’s Water Conservation Committee.

David Cohan:
David Cohan

Manager, Codes and Standards, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA)

David Cohan is the Senior Manager for Codes and Standards at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). Once those codes are adopted, he works with experts in the Northwest to develop more stringent energy codes and to provide education and training to building officials and design and construction professionals. David collaborates with state energy offices, university extension services, building official associations, non-profits and consulting firms with the goal of increasing energy code compliance rates. In 2004, he created the Northwest Energy Codes Group (NWECG), an alliance of advocates for more stringent energy codes. NWECG has been very successful in influencing the national energy code, having had more than a dozen code change proposals adopted. David was also appointed to the Oregon Reach Code Advisory Committee by the Oregon Building Codes Division in early 2010.

Previously Cohan worked at two national energy efficiency consulting firms – Barakat & Chamberlin and Xenergy – and did extensive contract work at Portland General Electric. Through his 16-year career in energy efficiency, he has worked primarily on program planning and evaluation. David holds a Masters in Science in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in literature from the University of California, San Diego. In his spare time, David enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, biking and hiking.

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

Principal and Chief Engineer, Imaginenergy 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.

Ralph Dinola:
Ralph diNola

Principal, Green Building Services

Ralph Dinola serves as a green building consultant and project manager on numerous LEED™ registered projects. He has extensive experience with the LEED documentation process and the costs associated with green building. He also assists in conceptual design for green building strategies, green product specifications, and project feasibility studies, as well as plan and specification analysis for projects seeking LEED certification. Ralph specializes in green building workshops, the facilitation of eco-charrettes, as well as delivering the LEED Advanced Training Workshop as a LEED Advanced Faculty member. Ralph has over 17 years of green building and design expertise, and was project manager for LEED documentation for the Ecotrust Natural Capital Center, the first LEED Gold certified historic renovation in the U.S. He was also instrumental in developing LEED documentation for Viridian Place, the first LEED certified building in the Pacific NW. While working as a historic preservation specialist with the National Park Service (NPS), Ralph helped to preserve and restore more than 50 architecturally significant structures. While at Roger Williams University, Ralph was also honored with the Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

Carolyn Forsyth, AIA NCARB LEED-AP:
Carolyn Forsyth

Senior Associate, Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects (AMAA)

A founding member of the Ankrom Moisan Green Team, Carolyn is the firm’s Sustainability Advocate, working to continually raise the level of sustainable design expertise in the office by pollinating design teams with lessons learned. A strong voice for change, she has built strategic partnerships with organizations outside the office in order to accelerate transformation of the development industry to a more sustainable model. Her architectural project experience has largely included large scale multifamily housing projects throughout the West Coast. This combination of big picture thinking and specific project experience gives her a unique perspective on creating successful green projects. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.

Cheryl Fretz:
Cheryl Fretz

Technical Manager, Fluid Marketing Strategy

Cheryl Fretz provides strong program management and presentation skills for Fluid Market Strategies in addition to possessing an extensive background in the lighting and utility industries. At Fluid, Cheryl is the utility coordinator for the State of Oregon and serves as a lighting specialist for a four-state region. She has a broad knowledge of residential energy efficiency measures, drawing from her experience as Fluid’s lighting specialist for the Northwest ENERGY STAR Homes program, including consultation of the use of energy efficiency lighting in residential construction. Cheryl also works in the Commercial and Industrial Lighting sector on the Energy Trust of Oregon and Bonneville Power Administration’s C & I Lighting programs as the manufacturer liaison and site audit lighting specialist. She received her LC certification from the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions in 2008 and her LS certification from the American Lighting Association(ALA) in 2007. She has since received additional ALA certifications for residential design specialties in Kitchens, Baths and for use of recessed and track lighting. Her educational background includes a bachelor of science in Environmental Management and a graduate degree in Business.

Wendy Gibson:

Sustainable Building Coordinator, Portland Office of Management and Finance


Alex Glenn:
Alex Glenn

Trainer, Conservation Services Group

Alex Glenn has a comprehensive background in residential construction and building performance, including diagnostic and energy evaluations of both new and existing homes. Alex has worked as an independent contractor, project manager, and design consultant on projects utilizing building science fundamentals and the house-as-a-system concepts.

Along with his 8 years of professional experience, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Appropriate Technology (i.e. residential energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building practices). In his primary role, Alex provides technical training to residential contractors to understand buildings, analyze energy usage, and to identify construction retrofit opportunities. An integral part of this training includes the use of diagnostic equipment such as the blower door, duct blaster, infrared camera, air-flow and air-balancing tools, ventilation testing tools and construction manuals.

David Heslam:
David Heslam

EPS/Remodel Program Director, Earth Advantage Institute

As a residential contractor, David built the first net-zero energy home in Portland and was a 2003 recipient of NAHB’s Custom Green Building Award. David is a certified Building Performance Institute specialist, a past chapter president and regional board member of the NW EcoBuilding Guild, and a board member of Portland YouthBuilders.

Bernhard Masterson:
Bernhard Masterson

Artist, Educator, Natural Builder, TerraTecture Institute, a Center for Natural Building

Bernhard Masterson is the consummate natural builder who fuses a deep commitment to sustainable systems and a rich sense of aesthetics to create unique living environments. Trained as a sculptor and educator Bernhard has focused on natural building since 2002. He has become skilled in alternative waste systems, water management, Rocket stoves, earth ovens and Rumford fireplaces. Bernhard is a positive and insightful teacher who derives deep satisfaction from empowering others to pursue their visions.

Sean Penrith:
Sean Penrith

Executive Director, Earth Advantage Institute (EAI)

Since 2005, Executive Director Sean Penrith and his team have successfully grown Earth Advantage, Inc. into a leading program provider and think tank that devises creative green building, market mechanism, and climate change solutions for the built environment. Sean graduated as an electrical engineer and established a distribution business in Argentina. He then started the Green Glass Company in a garage outside of Johannesburg, which grew into an acclaimed, international sustainable glassware manufacturer with three high‐speed plants worldwide. Sean has been fortunate to work with international community leaders who are pressing to make global change in the social and environmental arenas.

David Posada:
David Posada

Sustainability Manager, GBD Architects

David is the Sustainability Manager for GBD Architects in Portland. For the past 5 years he has provided research and advocacy for green building strategies for the firm's projects and coordinates much of the documentation for LEED certification.

David received his BA in Communication from the University of New Hampshire and his M. Arch from the University Oregon, and has over ten years of teaching experience in environmental studies and technical training. He has worked as a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School in the US and Kenya, as a software trainer for public and corporate clients, and now provides formal and informal training on sustainable design strategies for the GBD staff, clients, consultants, and local agencies.

David often provides the bridge between technical information and the decision makers who are implementing more sustainable practices, and seeks to better integrate the performance of buildings with social, economic and biological needs.

Kip Richardson, LEED AP:
Kip Richardson

Principal, Director of Business Development, Ankrom Moisan Architects

Kip Richardson is passionate about sustainable design and socially responsible business practices. He joined Ankrom Moisan Architects because he believes in the firm’s mission - Design with Purpose: honoring the client’s goals and improving people’s lives. A member of the firm’s Green Team, he is actively involved in Ankrom Moisan’s sustainable design initiatives. His articles on Sustainable Design have appeared in Hospitality Design Magazine, Contract Magazine and The Business Journal, among others. He has spoken about sustainable design at conferences across the country, including presentations in New York, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Vancouver and Portland.

Dan Saddler:
Dan Saddler

Green Building Consultant, Earth Advantage Institute

Dan works with builders to help them understand green building and energy efficiency practices and certification programs in EAI's Portland office. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a certified Sustainable Building Advisor. Dan is active with the OSU-Extension Master Recycler program and Cascadia Region Green Building Council Steering Committee.

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.

Crawford Smith:
Crawford Smith

BIM Specialist, SERA Architects

Crawford Smith is a BIM Specialist at SERA Architects. He brings technical expertise to the design realm that allows designers to work more efficiently and produce more sustainable designs. While studying architecture he held a graduate research fellowship at the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory in Eugene. Since then he has worked for local firms SRG Partnership and ZGF Architects before coming to SERA Architects. He has a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and a M. Arch. from the University of Oregon.

Kim Smith:
Kim Smith

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 14 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.

Martin Tull:
Martin Tull

Director of Sustainable Solutions, Formos

Martin is deeply active in the international sustainability movement and is responsible for driving sustainability projects at Formos. His ability to envision and build bridges between business opportunities and social benefits brings a distinct contribution to Formos. Most recently, Martin was Director of Organizational and Government Partnerships for the Northwest Earth Institute.

Charlie Weiss & Katharine Lawrence:
Charlie Weiss and Katharine Lawrence

Designers and Owners, Leap Frog House

Professionally and personally, Charlie is always drawn to new ways of thinking and doing things, where the established approach can be improved. Like a moth to a flame, he was drawn to green building, where he saw room for improvement on so many fronts: materials, systems, design for durability and maintainability, resources (water, energy, land). The "LeapFrog Houses" incorporate "just about everything we could think of at the time". Professionally, he's become more deeply involved in water purification technology, a natural extension of the houses' potable rainwater systems.

Katharine's ability to get things done is exemplified by her dedication to living more sustainably, which includes a weekly round of "hang the laundry". While raising their daughter Julia, she has taken on projects including graphic design, managing editor of several books, and helping people organize things. Volunteer projects include helping at Julia's schools and serving on the Board of The Old Church, a historic landmark and event and performance venue.

Kendall Youngblood:
Kendall Youngblood

Residential Sector Manager, Energy Trust

Kendall Youngblood is a Residential Sector Manager with Energy Trust of Oregon. Her primary responsibilities include managing the organization’s award winning New Homes and Consumer Products programs. Additionally, she serves on the Governor’s Energy Performance Score Task Force and is often seen on the local news as a media spokesperson for the organization. Before joining Energy Trust in 2006, Kendall worked for the consulting firm, ICF International, designing and implementing efficiency and renewable energy programs. Her degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara has served her well. She has two young daughters and loves living in Portland, Oregon.