Green Building Alliance and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are hosting an all-star line-up of motivational local and national guest speakers who will plant the seeds of inspiration to create healthy and high-performing places where we live, work, learn, and play.
Chris Hellstern, holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University. His thesis work focused on designing a sustainable elementary school in Seattle that allowed both students and faculty to experience the building's many environmental features through education and practice.
Stacy Smedley, Executive Director + Chief Enrichment Officer, Membership Chair - Cascadia Green Building Council Seattle Branch, National Emerging Professionals Recruitment Chair - U.S. Green Building Council Member, U of Washington Department of Architecture Professional Advisory Council, Mentor
Mark Buehrer, founder and director of 2020 Engineering located in Bellingham, Washington. He is a registered professional ciivl engineer, author, and inventor with broad experience in engineering design, construction and project management.
Richard V. Placentini, executive director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens since 1994, is responsible for the construction of the first LEED certified visitor center in a public garden, the most energy-efficient conservatory in the world, the first-ever LEED production greenhouses, and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, a net-zero energy and water structure designed to meet the Living Building CHallenge.