The Northwest Green Home Tour is an annual educational event, open to the public, produced by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, that showcases local, sustainable, and green new homes, remodels, and energy retrofits in the greater Seattle area. The 2017 tour will take place on April 29-30.

Purpose

The Northwest Green Home Tour provides an opportunity for members of the community to learn about sustainable building practices from the people and businesses that support it, including builders, contractors, suppliers, and green homeowners. It also serves as a way for building professionals to engage with the general public.


About the Producer

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild

The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is a 501(c)(3) community of builders, designers, suppliers, homeowners, and partners concerned with ecological building in the Pacific Northwest. The Guild empowers people through education to transform the built environment for long term sustainability.

The Guild was founded in 1993 by a small group of professionals already incorporating green building ideas into their practices. They formed the Guild in order to network, learn and exchange ideas related to their areas of expertise. The Guild has now grown to seven chapters serving the diverse bioregions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia.

OUR MISSION is to support through education the progressive work of our members in the Pacific Northwest in order to improve the relationship between our communities and our built environment.

We provide open-source educational materials to the construction industry and the general public in order to encourage building practices that dramatically reduce carbon emissions, are self-sustaining, contribute to local economies, and create optimal conditions for human health and community.

We consider the needs of the seventh generation in all that we do and encourage inclusive discourse to that end.

Within the Guild community there is a strong emphasis on thought-leadership, community, integrity, sustainability, innovation, education and fun. These values are the foundation for all Guild programs, and are carried forward by the Guild Chapters and members alike.

We invite you to join us in becoming part of this community, and enjoying the many benefits of Guild membership.

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Meet the Organizer

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Jenny Heins

When it comes to eco event planning, sponsorship wrangling, and volunteer coordination, Jenny is as experienced as they come. As the Regional Director of the Seattle Green Festival, she organized four massive events at the WA Convention and Trade Center, with 30,000+ attendees, 300 exhibitors, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue. Over her last ten years as organizer of the Sustainable Ballard Festival, she has helped the event octuple in size, drawing a crowd of 8,000 attendees and 60 exhibitors. In the early 90s, she studied regional environmental planning at UW and received her Master’s degree in landscape architecture. She became an environmental activist when she discovered Sustainable Ballard in 2004, where she has served as president for the past 10 years. She’s also been a leader within SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities All Over Puget Sound), a board member of Undriving, and has broad experience working with green businesses, NGOs, and government entities. Jenny helped produce the first We The People Power Festival in collaboration with the Fremont Arts Council and owned and operated “Small Wonder Farm,” a local nursery growing gourmet vegetable and herb starts and educating neighbors on how to grow their own food. In the summer, you'll find her aboard her J/35 "Those Guys," in the most casual sailboat races.

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