About the Tour
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 Puget Sound area.
The 2020 tour will take place on the weekends of April 25-26 and May 2-3.
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 Producers
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.
JENNY HEINS (SEATTLE AREA TOUR)
Jenny has enjoyed planning events for 200 to 30,000 attendees over the past 14 years. In addition to her work for the NW Ecobuilding Guild (5 years Northwest Green Home Tour + 5 years Northwest Green Building Slam + Summit), she has
produced 14 Sustainable Ballard Festivals and served for 4 years as Regional Director of Seattle Green Festival. Since 2012 Jenny has lead the consultant team for SPU and King County RainWise Rebate marketing in North Seattle. Jenny is passionate about sustainability in all forms and has served on the board of Sustainable Ballard, SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound) and Undriving®, the award-winning program that offers Undriver Licenses in exchange for reducing your transportation footprint.
JILL WILLIAMS (SOUTH SOUND TOUR)
Jill has over twenty years of Design and Marketing experience with an emphasis in Event Coordination. Most recently, Jill served as the City Lead Organizer for the Women’s March on Olympia in January 2018 with over 7,000 people in attendance, as well as the co-organizer of the Women’s CG Rally in Charlottesville in support of the Women's March on Washington in January of 2017. For the past two years, she has lead the communications and marketing for the annual Tour of Homes and BIG Home and Garden Show events in Thurston County. Last year, Jill was invited to serve on the 2018 South Sound Green Home Tour Steering Community and provided marketing assistance prior to the event.
Jill is passionate about sustainable living practices and lends her excitement through the Better World Betty blog, brand and website, which is a Charlottesville, Virginia grassroots, non-profit, organizational hub for environmentally-friendly businesses, tips, and tools for lowering your energy, water, and waste footprint. Jill enjoys helping people and businesses reduce their environmental footprint one friendly step at a time!