2011 Awards Program
Our Awards Event was held on December 7th, 2011 (see a write up in our blog), and the winners were:
Leader in Sustainability: Community Kitchens NW
Innovator in Sustainability: WestSeattle Tool Library
Leader in Sustainability: Pomegranate Center
Innovator in Sustainability: Professor Sarah Elwood, UW
Leader in Sustainability: Charlie Cunniff
Innovator in Sustainability: Green Plate Special
Leader in Sustainability: Stewardship Partners
Innovator in Sustainability: Reed Painting
Happiness Award: Cathy Tuttle
2011 full list of nominations:
Happiness Award nominations:
- Jenny Heins
Jenny has been a long time leader in the Seattle Sustainability Movement. She has put on all the Green Fests, been the cornerstone for Sustainable Ballard and a key player for SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound). Without Jenny, the sustainability movement in Seattle would not be nearly as far along as it is. Another thing about Jenny- she is fun, charming and easy to work with!
- Richard Conlin
Richard goes above and beyond as a city council member and he is not afraid to take a stand for the city. He has consistently brought new ideas and programs to Seattle, sometimes when people do not understand, to a seeming detriment to his career, he clearly has the best interests of the city at heart and puts that above those of his career.
- Cathy Tuttle
Cathy coordinates events and encourages people to develop their interests into passions and their passions into social movements. In 2007, Cathy founded Spokespeople rides for willing but wary cyclists, building many leaders who in turn fostered five new Spokespeople groups and the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways movement. Since 2009, Cathy has been the administrative coordinator of SCALLOPS-Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound, a regional consortium of 64 communities, including her own Sustainable Wallingford. The Wallingford group has nurtured people who have developed more strong and independent groups including Community Kitchens, Cooped Up in Seattle 4H, Growing Food Growing Community, and Wallingford Walks. Cathy is the web master, blogger and tweeter for at least a dozen tiny but feisty non-profits. She is the staff writer and assistant editor of Urban Farm Hub and Chair of Seattle Tilth Board Advocacy Committee. Climate advocacy is Cathyâ€™s overarching passion. She has produced the major 350.org events in Seattle including gathering 700 people to form a giant 350 under the Space Needle in 2009 and the walk-bicycle-boat focused Moving Planet Seattle in 2011. Cathy believes we will live on our planet with grace and joy when we decide all life is important to us..
Personal Environment Nominations:
- Theo Chocolate
Theo Chocolate's two goals in business are to make the world a better and more livable place and to make chocolate. While an astonishing amount of the world's chocolate produced with little regard to sustainability or humane working conditions, Theo Chocolate adheres to a strict policy of Fair Trade. All their ingredients are screened to ensure they meet social and environmental responsibility. They work hard to ensure that the farmers they buy cocoa beans from are paid a living wage and have access to education for their families. Theo's factory is powered by green energy sources and the tours of their factory place an emphasis on social and environmental accountability.
- Pomegranate Center
Pomegranate Center has been advancing the ideas of sustainability for the past 25 years. They understand that a sustainable community is not just about using natural resources wisely, it's about using human resources creatively and wisely, bringing vitality to neighborhoods and encouraging the human connection. This year, Pomegranate Center did something amazing â€“ in just seven weeks they helped five communities work together to plan, design and build community five community gathering places. They brought joy and momentum and enthusiasm to over 780 volunteers this summer â€“ who in turn gave over 8000 hours of their time. The Pomegranate Center team models and manifests all nine of the sustainability indicators in everything they do.
Pomegranate Center helps communities work efficiently to solve problems â€“ they respect every moment of a community members time and ensure that their involvement is respected. Also, their community building projects are a proven means of connecting people to their neighbors and the place they live. Pomegranate Center projects use salvaged and environmentally friendly materials. And the places they build are designed to connect people to nature, green space, views.
Community Engagement â€“ This is what Pomegranate Center does, in everything they do, in every step of the process. Their model of â€śprogression of ownershipâ€ť means that from the very beginning of a project, the community is engaged in a meaningful, effective way. At the end of every project they do â€“ planning or building â€“ there are many, many people who say â€śI did that.â€ť They inspire participatory democracy!
- Sarah Elwood
Sarah's most important contributions to the sustainability and livability in Seattle come from the university-community partnerships that she builds through her research, teaching, and outreach at the University of Washington. Her work as a professor in the Geography Department focuses on how community organizations and grassroots groups (NGOs, neighborhood groups, social movement organizations) can use maps, geographic information systems (GIS) and online spatial technologies to advance their work toward social and environmental justice and sustainability.
Under this broader agenda, she teaches a series of 3 GIS courses which include the opportunity for students to work on 'real world' mapping and GIS projects with community partners such as Sustainable Seattle, Solid Ground, Puget Sound Partnership, the Green Futures Research and Design Lab, the South King County Food Coalition, Lettuce Link, and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.
- Facing the Future
Facing the Future addresses the problem we have seen throughout the world at its core. It does this through education. They bring critical thinking about global issues to students in every walk of life. They provide curriculum resources, teacher workshops, and service learning opportunities used by teachers, schools, and districts in all 50 states and over 120 countries. As the old Chinese proverb states, â€śIf you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate peopleâ€ť.
- Education is the most powerful tool we have and is often the most overlooked. Facing the Future educates youth on some of the most meaningful issues we have today.
- Taylor Shellfish Farms
Taylor Shellfish Farms does not have to focus on the local economy and help develop it, but they do. Working with local stores, sponsored festivals and many nonprofits in the area, they help to educate people about the powerful good oysters do to clean our waters through filtration, and increase our reliance on local food.
- Karin De Weille
Karin has created the New World Habits project/organization to ask people to take steps towards using non-disposable cups. Karin's project improves community vitality, environmental well-being, and potentially the economic well-being of the businesses involved. Karin's project to get cafe's to offer incentives to customers for kick the disposable cup habit is a simple but elegant idea that makes a difference and gets people and businesses started down a new road.
- OUT for Sustainability
OUT for Sustainability (OUT4S) has pushed the boundaries of who is welcome in sustainability as a movement through their efforts to mobilize a greener LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. Successful programming includes Coming Out Local, a dinner showcasing how a local economy supports a local community that celebrates diversity with engaging qualities local queer chefs, handmade napkins from reclaimed fabric, and speakers like Sally Clark, Kurt Timmermister, and Louise Chernin. And the biggest event of the OUT4S year is Earth Gay, the annual volunteer event where the LGBTQ and ally community gets to visibly show commitment to the environment. With partnership as the cornerstone of the organization, ranging from Boeing and Starbucks to Alleycat Acres and Grow Food, the innovation of OUT4S is being relevant to a "new" audience by giving visibility to the diversity necessary to take sustainability to the next level of inclusion and impact.
Sightline Institute is a non-profit sustainability think-tank providing a range of tools for individuals to take sustainable action within their communities. Sightline researches the best practices in public policy for a sustainable northwest focusing on the ecological, social, and economic facets of sustainability. Their research, publications, and daily emails highlighting current affairs in sustainability as well as the Making Sustainability Legal campaign are truly ground-breaking efforts that reverberate throughout our region to create a sustainable world.
- Dolomite Climbing Bags
Dolomite Climbing Bags is a business that uses discarded marketing banner fabric to make climbing bags, market bags, wallets, and other "cycled up" items from material that would otherwise be headed to the landfill. The company sells its products at farmer's markets, trade shows, and over its internet site. They go above and beyond as a company and are currently using their network to help a 12 year old young man they know raise funds to put together care packages for our troops.
Candice has sewn all of her life, but at the farmer's markets she meets people who have trouble envisioning the process of making an old banner into a beautiful new item. Many people no long have hands-on skills, so understanding how things are made is somewhat of a lost knowledge base. In order to help them understand the process of manufacturing these bags she is making a video that she can show at her sales tables and have posted on You Tube, thus educating and inspiring others to come up with their own ideas.
Built Environment Nominations:
- Elta Ratliff:
Elta helped organize the Shine on Seattle fundraiser where children biked with their families to promote community solar. The proceeds went to purchasing shared and community solar projects in Seattle and the Seattle schools that the kids went to had their energy bill reduced.
- Green Plate Special
Laura Dewell is leading up a very innovative project with her partner, Libby. They are working with youth (many minority), teaching them cooking and gardening, both of which have so many psychological, community, health benefits. They are developing their site in an environmentally conscious way by minimizing building foot print and putting in a rain garden. These activities also have time balance, education, and material well being benefits, especially if home cooking and gardening become a habit for these kids as they grow older.
- Sustainable Works
As a community-based non-profit Sustainable Works helps home and small commercial building owners with home retrofits to reduce energy use while also creating quality jobs! They offered a free BPI certification course open to the public advancing and helping individuals move into the green job sector.
- Charlie Cunniff
Charlie has brought Seattle Climate Partnership from a small program that was mostly conceptual into a viable program. He has done this by developing not just tools, but ways for people and organizations to use them. His work is based on partnerships, but what is innovative about his partnership work, is that the partnerships he develops reach out to others.
Located in Issaquah, Washington, zHome is the first multifamily, production, zero-energy, carbon neutral community in the United States. zHome uses practical combination of common sense building practices and cutting edge technologies to dramatically reduce its environmental impacts. Photovoltaic panels, super insulated walls, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood and recycled materials
Social Environment Nominations:
- Jigsaw Renaissance
Jigsaw Renaissance provides a space for the community to learn from each other, and help a lot of artists with workshop space, equipment and skills.
- Bedlam Coffee
Bedlam Coffee is a true community coffee house. They are open 7 days a week until 10pm or 12am and have a strong community focus. They have a free meeting room. Their webpage tells nearly nothing about their business, but advertises all the upcoming events coming up in the community.
- Ideal Network
Ideal Network uses the popular model first established by Groupon, however they donate up to 25% to your favorite cause. Hello?!? Easy way to improve the world. Saving is good, giving is great saving with giving is Ideal!
- Occupy Seattle
OS demonstrates spontaneous democratic and educational self-organization in the expression of values. It works to awaken us from the unsustainable inertia of an economic outlook excessively premised on fiscal and quantitative measures. Maximization of private and corporate wealth, therefore, leads to the erosion of sustainable commonwealth in social and ecosocial relations. OS demonstrates these values through responsible habitation in the sites where they protest.
- West Seattle Tool Library (Sustainable West Seattle)
Access to a community collection of over 1500 tools. It operates like a public book library. Range of items from chainsaws, to sewing machines, to garden tools. Donors receive a tax deduction. Tools are sitting around gathering dust and now they can be part of a community asset. Used by individuals, community groups, the community orchard, Seattle Housing Authority community project to build a playground. Opened doors in June 2010. Over 450 users and organizations. They also provide education and classes.
- Community Kitchens NW and Leika Suzumura (a project of Seattle Tilth)
Community Kitchens Northwest is a Seattle-based community supported organization which helps build community around food and to build skills. They work to create opportunities for people to cook together and build community strength through food and lasting skills for self empowerment. Major tenets of their work are equality, sharing, empowerment, and cooperation. Has been an all-volunteer effort over 4 years that has truly blossomed. They also do community dinners at the Rainier Community Center.
Natural Environment Nominations:
- Island Wood
Since 2002, IslandWood has provided more than 30,000 children from the Seattle area with nature-based educational experiences that integrate science, technology and the arts. IslandWoodâ€™s nationally-recognized education programs offer direct experiences in nature in neighborhoods throughout the Puget Sound region and enable participants to develop more knowledgeable and emotional connections to the natural world, to their communities, and to each other.
Students engage in field investigations that bring them face-to-face with many of the plants, animals, and processes they are studying the classroom, while teachers gain new tools they can use with their students to further this learning on their own. Best of all, it works. Ten years of evaluation have shown that IslandWood contributes to an increased understanding of the environment, greater comfort in nature, and a stronger commitment to stewardship in communities. Most of all, children leave knowing they have a voice and the capacity to become whatever they want to be.
- Jill MacIntyre Witt and Brooks Anderson
These two individuals founded the grassroots organization Bag It Bellingham and helped to pass a ban on plastic bags in Bellingham.
- Stewardship Partners
Stewardship Partners is a non-profit organization that helps private landowners restore and preserve the natural landscapes of Washington State. They collaborate with diverse interest groups to build bridges and find solutions that achieve mutual goals of environmental protection, economic health, and community well being. Their projects restore fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, protect open space, and "green up" the built environment while maintaining working landscapes of farms, forestland, and livable communities throughout the State.
- Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition
It is the vision of DRCC that South Seattle residents will be able to crab in the river without risks to their family's health, that endangered salmon will be able recover without PCBs or other toxic body burdens, and that the banks of the Duwamish River will be a welcoming and risk-free place for our children and their children to wade, fish and play.
Founded by local environmental, tribal, and community organizations, the coalition has been formally recognized as the â€śCommunity Advisory Groupâ€ť for the Duwamish River Superfund Site. The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition works to ensure that the Duwamish River Superfund cleanup not only restores environmental health and protects fishers and families who use the river, but also reflects the priorities, values and will of the people who live and work in the region. DRCC/TAGâ€™s programs include guided river tours, educational forums, habitat-restoration events, river festivals, youth programs, and neighborhood activities designed to link people to the river.
- Reed Painting
A local painting contractor is taking on the daunting task of providing a green solution to a question that many homeowners faceâ€¦â€¦..What can I do with all of this extra paint? Itâ€™s that item that never gets checked off of the â€śhoney-do list,â€ť and a source of extra clutter in the garage. According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, â€śeach year, a minimum of 695,000 gallons is estimated to be wasted in Washington State.â€ť King County suggests that â€śresidents should dry out latex paint and stains and put it in the garbage with the lid off.â€ť We should be asking ourselves, â€śis there a better use for this extra paint besides disposal into the landfill?â€ť The folks over at REED Painting Company say YES, there is!
Randy Reed, President of REED Painting Co. says â€śwhy waste a good thing!â€ť Last year, they had their first and extremely successful Paint Drive. Nearly 200 gallons of paint was mostly collected from the Wallingford / Queen Anne/ Capitol Hill neighborhoods. All paints are sorted, strained, categorized by color, turned into recycled paint and either reused or shared with the community. All recycled paints are given away free of charge.
For the next two weeks, REED Painting Co. will be at it again collecting paints from various households and businesses around the Sound. Already they have confirmed the collection of nearly 300 gallons and are anticipating much more. They are offering drop-offs at their shop in Wallingford and pick-ups for $20 for homes and businesses located in the Seattle Metro area.
- Jennifer Hall
Jennifer has devoted countless hours to setting up the recycling and composting program in our lunch room. She is helping students and educating them about making the right choices about where to put their lunch trash. She has arranged for large dumpsters from the Cedar Grove Landfill to be placed on our campus for composting and is diverting huge amounts of trash from the landfill to either be composted or recycled.
Jennifer is helping to sustain Seattle through a strong community Vitality and Social Connection. She has been volunteering her lunch time to affect strong relationships with kids and to educated them about composting and recycling here in the school community. She is increasing the environmental quality through her efforts to keep our trash stream to a minimum. She is participating in the formal and informal education, development of skills and capabilities and the environmental education of the student body of West Seattle High.
Awards are offered in two areas for each of the four categories (built, natural, social, and personal environments):
- Leadership in Sustainability Awards. Individuals, initiatives and organizations were recognized for their long term commitment and positive impact in our region and towards our progress towards sustainability
- Innovation in Sustainability Awards. Individuals, initiatives and organizations were recognized for introducing a new way to do things that inspires others and contributes towards positive change in our progress towards sustainability.
The Happiness award is offered for the individual or organization that that has demonstrated advancement in sustainability in many of the nine domains of the Seattle Area Happiness Initiative. The nine gross national happiness domains are:
- Psychological Well-Being. Assesses the degree of satisfaction and optimism in individual life. The indicators analyze self-esteem, sense of competence, stress, spiritual activities and prevalence of positive and negative emotions.
- Health. Measures the effectiveness of health policies, with criteria such as self-rated health, disability, patterns of risk behavior, exercise, sleep, nutrition, etc.
- Time Balance. The use of time is one of the most significant factors in quality of life, especially time for recreation and socializing with family and friends. A balanced management of time is evaluated, including time spent in traffic jams, at work, in educational activities, etc.
- Community Vitality. Focuses on relationships and interactions in communities. Examines the level of confidence, the sense of belonging, the vitality of affectionate relationships, safety at home and in the community, and the practice of giving and volunteering.
- Education. Takes into account several factors such as participation in formal and informal education, development of skills and capabilities, involvement in childrenâ€™s education, values education, environmental education, etc.
- Cultural Vitality. Evaluates local traditions, festival, core values, participation in cultural events, opportunities to develop artistic skills and discrimination due to religion, race or gender.
- Environmental Quality. Measures the perception of citizens about the quality of their water, air, soil, forest cover, biodiversity, etc. The indicators include access to green areas, system of waste management, etc.
- Governance. Assesses how the population views the government, the media, the judiciary, the electoral system, and the police, in terms of responsibility, honesty and transparency. It also measures involvement of citizens in community decisions and political processes.
- Material Well-Being. Evaluates individual and family income, financial security, the level of debt, employment security, the quality of housing, etc.
2011 Sustainability Award Judges:
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott is WSUâ€™s Extension Urban Horticulturist and holds a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University. Linda has lectured extensively to a variety of audiences on sustainable landscaping, based on current and relevant plant science. In 2009, she and three other academic colleagues launched â€śThe Garden Professorsâ€ť blog, through which they educate and entertain an international audience. Over the past 11 years, Dr. Chalker-Scott has written articles for Fine Gardening, Organic Gardening, and MasterGardener Magazine. In 2010, she was named a contributing editor to Fine Gardening magazine. Her first book, The Informed Gardener, is an award-winning examination of some common horticultural myths. The sequel â€“ The Informed Gardener Blooms Again â€“ was released in 2010 and continues horticultural myth-busting. She also recently published Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: good science â€“ practical application (2009, GFG Publishing, Inc.), a 22-chapter book which she edited and jointly authored with 20 colleagues.
Hannah Ahmed is a financial advisor for The Puget Sound Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. A Montana native, Hannah moved to Boston to complete her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, with concentrations in English and Environmental Science. She decided to enter the financial services industry to help people understand the importance of financial planning and investing for the long term. She saw opportunities to use her background in environmental studies to tailor investment solutions for clients interested in Sustainable Investing. She enjoys working closely with her clients to ensure that their investments are in line with their values and goals.
Hannah is active in the local, political community, supporting urban planning initiatives and conservation efforts. She spends a lot of her free time volunteering for her alumni club, Seattle Works, Sustainable Seattle and KEXP radio, and she is busy completing her Certified Financial Planning coursework. She also enjoys playing the piano, skiing, kayaking, hiking, gourmet cooking and touring WA wine country.
Creating alliances between seemingly disparate groups and individuals has been the hallmark of Bruce Gryniewskiâ€™s career. Under his leadership, Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) became one of the most influential and well-funded State Conservation Voter Leagues in the nation. Bruce was a principal architect of the â€śPriorities for Healthy Washingtonâ€ť program, which in addition to leading to unprecedented policy gains for the environment in Washington State, is a national model of cooperation and success for other Conservation Voter Leagues.
Prior to WCV, Bruce was executive director of Washington CeaseFire, where he formed a unique coalition of gun rights proponents and gun safety advocates to mutually support safe gun storage legislation in the Washington State Legislature.
Bruce earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts degree from University of Rochester (N.Y.). Bruce is the managing partner of the Seattle office of Gallatin Public Affairs and a member or the Sustainable Development and Land Use, and Energy and Facility Siting practice groups.
Steve Moddemeyer is a strategic innovator with over 18 years of experience leading governments, planners, architects, land owners, and project teams towards increased sustainability. Steve specializes in creating tools and alternative strategies that lead to resilient infrastructure systems for cities and large developments. He has extensive experience with complex public/private development issues, integrated strategies for leveraging investments in water, drainage, and wastewater systems. He has been the lead in developing local government habitat preservation responses to the Endangered Species Act and negotiating team member in multi-million dollar settlements and contracts for utility-based organizations.
As a City Planner, Steve was responsible for creating a new award-winning landscaping ordinance for commercial development that improves environmental functions in dense urban business districts of Seattle. Steveâ€™s talents integrate a blending of governmental policy-making with knowledge of sciences, engineering, landscape ecology, urban design, economic development, sustainable design, and strategic visioning. Steve writes and speaks internationally on â€śCities of the Futureâ€ť, integrated water strategies, green infrastructure and sustainable infrastructure topics.
Heather is the Urban Bays and Toxics Program Manager for People For Puget Sound. She has more than 20 years of experience in environmental work. In Los Angeles, she worked for the Regional Water Quality Control Board on water quality standards, regulatory permits, and pollution assessments of both surface and ground water for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. She then was staff scientist for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council focusing on various projects leading to the greening of the rivers, including water quality, stormwater issues, pollution assessments and habitat renewal. She moved to Seattle in 2001 and joined People For Puget Sound in 2002. She works on reducing toxic pollution and protecting shoreline health in Puget Sound and also focuses on a range of Seattle issues â€“ waterfront, habitat, stormwater, and landuse. She has been a leader of Zero Waste Seattle which has run campaigns on food serviceware Styrofoam ban, plastic bags and reducing unwanted phonebooks, among other waste reduction efforts. She enjoys camping and traveling but is a pathetic bike rider.
Cyrilla Cook is a natural resources planner with over twenty years of public, private, and nonprofit experience. Cyrillahas a bachelor of science in natural resource studies and a master of science degree in urban and regional planning. Hercareer began as a consultant preparing natural resource plans, growth management plans, and development regulationsin Florida and Washington. After moving to Washington in the early 1990â€™s, she worked for King County, where she waslead for updating the countyâ€™s floodplain management plan, and serving as project manager for the multi-jurisdictionalWRIA 8 Salmon Conservation Plan. Years later, she served as the Shorelines Program Manager for People for PugetSound. Currently, she is an aquatic resources policy analyst for the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Whennot working, Cyrilla spends time tending her organic perennial garden
Kate Davies MA DPhil is core faculty in the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle. She has served onthe boards of several environmental organizations in the Puget Sound region, including the Collaborative for Healthand Environment Washington, the Institute for Childrenâ€™s Environmental Health, Washington Citizens for ResourceConservation, Washington Toxics Coalition and the Sustainable Path Foundation. Kate's work has been published innewspapers, magazines, journals and books. Her first book will be published in 2012.
Julia Field is Founder and Director of Undrivingâ„˘, a Seattle-based non-profit that reduces car use by empowering peopleto make more conscious, active transportation choices. The innovative Undriver Licensingâ„˘ program sparks curiosityand leads directly to behavior change. Julia's own Undriving journey began unexpectedly in 2004, when she totaledher trusty 1987 Civic that she'd expected to drive for another 100K miles. Much to her surprise, she quickly discoveredthe many joys of living without a car - and her community involvement with Sustainable Ballard led to Undriving'slaunch in 2007. Since then, Undriving has issued Undriver Licensesâ„˘ to over 8,000 people of all ages - at communityfestivals, workplaces, and schools around the region. Undriving is now putting its proven program into the hands oforganizations seeking a turnkey way to engage people in their communities to drive less. Julia's 30-year career spansdesign, publishing, art, non-profit development, coaching, fostering creative expression, and building community.
Morgan Barry is a health Education Consultant with Public Health - Seattle & King County's Environmental HealthDivision. As part of the new "Healthy Communities Planning" program, Morgan continues to collaborate with communities, organizations and agencies for healthy communities. We know and research supports that where youlive, learn, work and play impacts your health....that "place matters." Just this year, the King County Board of Healthapproved the "Healthy Communities Planning Guidelines," developed by Environmental Health as a guide for urban andrural planners to consider health and health outcomes in their planning. In her personal life, Morgan chooses to livesmall, in a walkable community, with easy access to transit. She and her husband share an early hybrid, filling the gastank about once a month. She is committed to social and environmental justice, including easy access to and affordablehealthy food for everyone, and continuous improvement in environmental conditions that compromise people's healthand well being.
Nancy Rottle, RLA, ASLA, is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington where she teaches ecological design theory, urban hydrology and design studios. With landscape architecture degrees from the University of Oregon and over fifteen years of professional practice experience, Nancy has led several award-winning projects in the Pacific Northwest, including the Cedar River Watershed Education Center and Open Space Seattle 2100. She directs the Green Futures Lab at the UW which focuses on research and design for green infrastructure systems, including regional open space planning, urban stormwater research, and design for the public realm. Nancy recently co-authored an illustrated book about ecological design theory and practice, titled Basics Landscape Architecture: Ecological Design.
Christina Gallegos is board co-chair of Community Coalition for Environmental Justice (CCEJ). She has been instrumentalin the development of Environmental Education and interpretative programming at Seward Park and in the southeastcorridor of the city. She currently holds the position of Naturalist at Seward Park. Christina has also been active in theSeattle community through her volunteer work. Christina was a founding member of the Hispanic Association of CityEmployees (HACE), the Manana Coalition's annual Latino Youth Conference, and the Rainbow Book festival. She hasparticipated as a member of the Cleveland Memorial Forest Committee and the Langston Hughes Advisory Council.
Ben Kaufman is the Founder and Designated Broker of GreenWorks Realty. Ben uses his vision and passion topromote GreenWorks Realty's mission to improve the livability and sustainability of our community. Prior to foundingGreenWorks, Ben co-founded Co-Opportunities Northwest, a 2001 conference to identify and advance emerging trendsin sustainable community development in Puget Sound and participated in the Governor's Sustainability Roundtablein 2002. Ben has been active in low impact land development and marketing and selling real estate for 15 years andrecently retired as the Treasurer of the Northwest Eco-Building Guild and remains an Executive Team member of
the Seattle/King County Built Green program. Ben is also a manager and investor of a recently permitted 32-homesustainable community development in Newcastle, WA. Ben's recent achievements include drafting the EnvironmentalCertification checkbox additions to his local MLS (Northwest Multiple Listing Service) and authoring the first study usingMLS data to compare environmentally certified homes to non-certified homes in the United States. Ben also helpeddevelop GreenWorks Realty's 14 clock-hour state approved class, Green Agent Essentials, for local Real Estate Agents.Ben's other passions are ski mountaineering, rock climbing, and enjoying tracking with his wife Heather.
Michael Davis was born in Houston, Texas but grew up in Seattle. He started his career as an artist/musician and has always done environmental work. He first came to work for the City in 1986 and was involved in the development and implementation of energy and water conservation programs, curbside recycling program, event recycling and food waste collection programs. Michael currently manages the Environmental Justice and Service Equity Division's Environmental Justice Team and Seattle Public Utilities. As manager of the Environmental Justice Team, Michael has forged partnerships with community based organizations, nonprofit and local government agencies to identify approaches that increase access to City and County programs and services by immigrant and refugee, people of color, low income and disabled communities. He is alos a member of a Citywide Race and Social Justice Initiative 'Core Team', where he supports various efforts to dismantle institutionalized racism within City government. Michael is an avid cyclist and resides in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
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