That's right, they both started in Austin. We all know Austin as the live music capital, but many folks don't realize that Austin is also home to the world's first local green building initiative. Austin dabbled in green building before the days of LEED, and before the formation of the US Green Building Council. Hear how it all got started, and the future of Austin’s green building sector at the Clean Energy Entrepreneurs Network (CLEEN). Enjoy appetizers, drinks, and networking with local homebuilders, architects, real estate professionals, green building entrepreneurs and more.
Pliny Fisk, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
Pliny Fisk and Gail Vittori are widely recognized as the pioneers behind an Austin movement that spread throughout the US and internationally. They shaped the City of Austin’s first green building initiatives, and created the country’s first firm dedicated to sustainable design and life-cycle planning in the built environment.
Jason Ballard, Treehouse
Jason Ballard is the co-founder and current president of Treehouse, an Austin-born smart home improvement store offering only products held to the highest standards of efficiency, health and sustainability. Their store on South Lamar provides quality green products, from flooring and cabinetry to lighting and hardware.
David Carolan, Solid Green Systems
David Carolan is founder and president of Solid Green Systems, a leader in sustainable materials for home building. Working alongside architects, developers, builders, real estate agents and homeowners, they integrate their patented energy-saving wall and roof system into homes and buildings across Austin.
Michael Torres, GreenWorld Restoration
Michael Torres is founder and CEO of GreenWorld Restoration, a leading provider of sustainable housing and community solutions. GreenWorld offers affordable permanent and convertible housing suitable for both on and off-grid deployment. A socially conscious business, GreenWorld gives 30% of its profits back to the community to support sustainability initiatives.
Claire Witter-Hempel, Design Workshop
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CleanTX is the energy and clean technology industry group for Central Texas. Headquartered in the capital city of Austin, CleanTX is uniquely positioned at the nexus of government, industry, academia, utility, and community interests. Through our advancement of public-private partnerships, leadership on community education, and networking platform for key industry stakeholders, CleanTX supports our rapidly growing clean energy economy.