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Wood Technology Center, Seattle Central College

2310 South Lane Street

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NEW LOCATION THIS MONTH-- WOOD TECHNOLOGY CENTER

If you own or rent your house, condo or apartment, there are many things you can do to reduce your energy and water usage. These changes will save you money and help you adapt to a future of drier, smoky summers and a shrinking snow-pack. In this interactive session, we’ll provide you with tips, tools, and other resources you can use to reduce your energy and water usage now- as well as plan for changes you can make over time. We will focus on areas inside and outside of your home. Bring your questions!

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Rachel Molloy has been involved in climate activism for over two decades, beginning as a non-partisan University representative to COP6 Den Haag. She worked for the Iowa Energy Center and NW Spark nonprofit, helping rural farmers implement small wind and biomass as new streams of income. Now, she works in her local community, global ad agency, schools, and congregation as a grassroots organizer and advocate for climate action (Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal, Citizen's Climate Lobby, Green Redmond Forest Steward, PTSA Sustainability Chair, CERT).


Dan Whitmore has worked in the construction industry since 1987 as a carpenter, general contractor, builder, and consultant with additional stints as a designer and FEMA Inspector. His introduction to high-performance building came at an early and impressionable age when, in 1977, his family built an award-winning Solar Home in Oklahoma where he grew up. As designer, builder, and CPHC® (Certified Passive House Consultant), he completed one of the first passive houses in Washington State in 2010.Since this time, he has consulted on and/or built more than twenty passive house projects. He now divides his time between Indicator, his new energy, durability, and constructability consulting firm, and Cascade Built, a builder/developer of sustainable multifamily projects in Seattle. Whitmore is also an Instructor at PHIUS, co-developer of the PHIUS Certified Builder Training program, Council Chair of Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS), and a founding board member of Passive House Northwest.

Tom Balderston has training in architectural design from Boston Architectural College and a degree in Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College. Tom started his career as Technical Coordinator for Fair Share Development Corp. in Boston MA. Tom was responsible for outreach, marketing, inspection, and technical assistance for Boston region of statewide conservation loan program. In addition, he conducted 50-60 neighborhood workshops per year in Weatherize Boston program. Since then he has been in hundreds of home through several weatherization programs including: Cascade Natural Gas, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle’s Community Power Works program, and Bainbridge Island’s RePower Bainbridge program.

In 2004, Tom was hired by CSG to develop a start-up regional consulting office providing services for builders, owners, designers, and government/utility programs. Served as rater for several high profile projects including: ZHome, NW Net-zero, and NW Harvest House. Providing energy modeling services for multi-family and single-family residential projects. Tom is a Seattle area technical expert, providing quality assurance & training to over 60-80 contractors, writing specifications for whole house air sealing, developing and delivering trainings for weatherization, combustion safety, duct sealing, and air sealing.

In 2015, Tom started his own sustainable building consulting company with his business partner and continues to provide third party verification, energy modeling, performance testing, building science training and the occasional home energy assessment. Tom is a certified HERS Rater, Passive House Rater and Verifier, LEED for Homes Green Rater, ENERGY STAR Rater, Built Green verifier, and Net-zero consulting. He knows a thing a two about how to help improve homes!


Jake Harris

Jake has enjoyed his many pursuits in life as an educator, a community organizer, a bag monster, and a general contractor. For the past 9 years, he has devoted himself to the application of Whole Systems Design and Permaculture Principles. Jake has received a community education working with his hands, and is currently serving on the board for GrIP (Green Infrastructure Partnership.) He has studied the farms, forests, and gardens of the lovely PNW as well as Ecuador, Australia, Palestine, Israel, and throughout the USA. Jake loves getting to work on projects that advocate beautiful solutions right in our own gardens. This includes issues of climate change, peak oil, declining pollinator and wildlife habitat, water pollution, and access to sustainable food. He is overjoyed to share these pursuits with a great team, his wonderful wife Emma, his lovely daughter Luna, and their fabulous chickens.

Learn from these experts, sign up today and remember the venue change to Wood Technology Center!

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