Congratulations to our innovative, driven, and creative 2010 Scholarship Winners!
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2010 West Coast Green Scholarship Recipients
Abhilasha comes from a background in sustainable development and environment-conscious design, and previously worked as an architect in India. Since 2005, her research work in the United States focuses on local carbon footprint analysis. While pursuing her masters in architecture from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), her thesis modeled street-specific carbon footprints for the region, and analyzed the relation between age, size and energy use for Las Vegas dwellings. Her work from both India and the United States has been presented at various national and international conferences. Ms Wadhwa is a recipient of the UNLV Jane and Robert Fielden medal, the AIA Henry Adams medal (2007), and the American Lung Association’s Clean Air Merit Award (2009). Currently, Ms Wadhwa is a Project Scientist for the Energy Conservation Group in Las Vegas, Nevada where she develops local carbon footprint models for urban areas. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Adam has spent the last eight years working with environmental issues in Latin America and he is passionate about finding practical ways to incorporate renewable energy and efficiency technologies into existing energy systems. Most recently, Adam served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Argentina, while also working as an Analyst for PFC Energy. He graduated with a BA in Global Development Studies from Northwestern University and has a master’s degree in Oil & Gas Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires. Currently, Adam is pursuing an MBA at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Adina Ringler is an Associate Project Manager with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a transportation planning firm based in San Francisco. Her focus is on Transportation Demand Management and helping cities reduce auto-dependency. Adina has a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley and a MA in Urban Planning from UCLA. Outside of work, Adina is very passionate about educating young people about careers that can help make our cities more sustainable. She is working on creating a website and monthly newsletter that highlights interesting “green” jobs and profiles of people who are working to create more sustainable cities. Her hope is to reach out to high school and college students in order to educate them about green collar jobs and inspire the next generation to make a positive impact and be the change we want to see.
Allison Cryns is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently lives and works in San Francisco. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy & Economics from Clemson University in South Carolina. She started as a Student Conservation Association intern at Golden Gate National Recreation Area working with the Climate Friendly Parks Program, inventorying greenhouse gas emissions for National Parks in the Bay Area. GGNRA hired Allison as an Environmental Protection Assistant working on energy and water conservation projects.
A San Francisco native, I have enjoyed participating in the WCG conference since its inception. After completing a liberal arts degree in 2004, I worked in habitat restoration and ecological landscape design. During this time in consulting, I discovered how urban and ecological systems can be woven together to be mutually supportive.
Currently, I am a graduate student in water resources and environmental engineering at UC Davis. My master’s project is a study on the effectiveness of treatment wetlands for surface water quality improvement and my coursework is focused on water quality, wastewater and municipal solid waste. As a board member of the UC Davis chapter of Engineers Without Borders, I had the opportunity to work in Uganda on drinking water and sanitation projects this summer. Back in Davis, we are now finalizing the design and planning the construction of a public composting latrine.
This fall, I will act as a teaching assistant for a popular class in green engineering design and sustainability that is founded in cradle-to-cradle principles. Upon attaining an M.S., I would like to work on cross-disciplinary projects that integrate engineered and ecological systems and that open constructive dialogues between diverse professionals.
Ana is a passionate architecture student with a strong interest in architectural sustainability. Her driving force is rooted from her strong belief in the power of design and the potential future that architects and designers can create by working with nature. As a leader among her peers, Ana founded the AIAS chapter at USF, where she is now President, and she is also the Co-Vice President of Public Relations for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at the University of San Francisco. Additionally, Ana just finished a Yoga Teacher Training that has brought more balance and joy to her life. Upon graduation, Ana plans to continue her education to receive a Masters in Architecture.
A recent transplant to Southern California from the East Coast, A. Bambi Tran had a successful, 10+-year career as a green builder, designer, and consultant in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Currently, she dedicates her professional life to helping educate and inspire our future designers to create beautiful, healthy, comfortable, sustainable spaces and communities. In her classes, she encourages students to think outside the box while developing their own perspectives and values towards people, species, nature, and our built environment.
I was born in Russia and came here in 1993. I graduated with a B.S. degree in International Business from CalaPoly Pomona last March and am working on an A.A. degree in Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Upon graduation from FIDM, I plan on starting my own firm which will focus mainly on Green design. I am looking forward to the upcoming conference with anticipation!
Beth moved to San Francisco from Colorado 4 years ago to broaden her design horizon and gain a new perspective. She is an interior design student at UC Berkeley Extension, and recently completed the sustainable design program also through UCBX. She has attended various trainings through Build It Green, and the Pacific Energy Center, and is LEED accredited. She has an affinity for creative reuse, being involved in community projects, and working with her hands, and. A yearning for sunshine took her back to CO for the summer, where she was fortunate to work for a month with the president of the Colorado Straw Bale Association learning basic carpentry, and various natural building techniques. She has been a member of Free Design Clinic, and more recently, Philanthropy By Design - both San Francisco based organizations dedicated to providing free architectural and design help for non-profits or community oriented projects, and low-income individuals/families. While Beth loves volunteering, she has come to realize that she herself is low-income, and is very ready to put her skills to use in a paid environment.
BumJeun is an international student from South Korea. He is majoring in Food Science at Sejong University in Seoul, South Korea. He is currently working at U.S.D.A. in Albany, CA as an intern. His work involves various research on the effect of fruits and vegetables on diverse health issues such as cancer, diabetes, aging, and cardiovascular diseases. He is excited to participate at the Conference and is interested in studying the relationship between food and the environment and how they ultimately can affect human health.
Charles D. Samuelson has more than twenty five years building experience specializing in drywall construction. In business he regards green building practices as part of the solution to meet people’s and the planet’s needs in an environment that until recently favored more resource intensive values.
In an effort to bring the latest in green building techniques to the job site Charles is constantly training in the new and innovative methods to make the built environment healthier for inhabitants, his colleagues, and the surrounding ecosystem. He is currently enrolled in a course teaching Energy Efficiency and Auditing at Laney College. A long time advocate of simple living, he resides on a small farm he’s proud to share with coyotes, bobcats, and birds of prey, as well as a number of domestic animals. His love for wildlife shows through in his frequent amateur photography exhibitions.
Chris is a recent Bay Area transplant who holds master’s degrees in Architecture and Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon, in addition a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College. In 2009 he co-developed and co-taught the first Ecological Economics course at the University of Oregon. He completed a sustainability assessment of the University of Oregon campus as his master’s terminal project.
Chris, a LEED Green Associate and a Certified Green Building Professional, is currently pursuing a career in building performance assessment and retrofitting. In addition, he is a regular volunteer at the Berkeley Food Pantry and Build It Green, a 2010 West Coast Green partner.
With over 20 years of experience in both residential and commercial project development, Christine Rogers is a LEED Accredited Professional, a founding member and Vice President of Education for the local USGBC California Central Coast Chapter (USGBC-C4), http://www.usgbcc4.org. At 23, the single mother of a two year old son, Christine was taken under the guidance and mentorship of a local entrepreneur. In the years that followed, he led her through all aspects of development. Steadily increasing her responsibilities in the purchase, acquisition, refinance, and property management of low income tax bond senior apartment communities, single family planned developments, and full suite hotel projects.
Disturbed by the extent and longevity of the environmental impacts that lingered long after building and infrastructure construction was completed, Christine was motivated to pursue more responsible strategies, and subsequent LEED accreditation.
Courtney Reimel is a recent graduate of UCLA’s political science program, where she spent most of her time creating Bruin Democrats’ environmental program, “B-Green”. After graduating, she spent her time in Santa Barbara organizing “Kill Your Lawn” Day, which provided hands-on experience to locals on how to replace a front lawn with native plants gardens. Once completed, she completed a summer sustainable city planning program at UC Berkeley, called [In]CITY, which culminated in a presentation before City of Berkeley employees, NGOs, and university staff on implementation strategies for the City of Berkeley’s Climate Action Plan. Her project focused on pedestrian network building. Now that the program is done, she has recently started working for Bay Area Climate Corps, a pilot program in the Bay Area through Americorps. She will be working with San Mateo County in the Green Building and Business Program under the supervision of Jeffery Liang.
I specialize in interior architecture/interior detailing. I work closely with owners, developers and architects designing and implementing interior details and finishes that enhance the architect’s original design. My firm works nationwide in both residential and commercial areas, frequently involved in one of a kind projects. Recent projects can be found on Facebook……..at Thorpe Monk Designs
I was born in Long Beach, California in 1950. A year later, after my father’s service in the navy and the end of the Korean war my family returned to the east coast where my parents were from. I lived in NH until 1980 after obtaining a BA in Communications from UNH. I lived in Boston, MA until 1986, after which I moved to SF where I have been since. As a child I usually went outside to play instead of joining my two older sisters in the attic to play “house” with dolls. I begged my parents to be allowed to do my chores in our yard instead of house-cleaning. I swam, water and snow skiied, surfed, bicycled, jogged, climbed mountains, and played softball and basketball. I play swing music on an alto sax. For work I did mostly landscaping and interior horticulture. In the last few years I have earned a certificate in Urban Permaculture Design from a program cosponsored by the Sierra club and the SF Botanical Garden, and took courses to be able to volunteer as a docent in the botanical garden’s children’s education program. As a member of The Friends of Boeddeker Park on Eddy street, this year I successfully advocated for sustainable features in the redesign of the park slated to begin next year. The new clubhouse will have solar panels on the roof, nest boxes for raptors and/or owls to help control rodents, and a rain catchment system.
Fenja Blobel is passionate about making the world a sustainable place and strives to incorporate sustainability and environmental awareness into her everyday activities. She holds a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Environmental Analysis and Policy from Boston University. While at BU, Fenja built an Excel Visual Basic Application metric model to assess a household’s environmental impact with data collected from a self-developed comprehensive questionnaire. In May 2008, she received her LEED AP. Growing up in Germany and California influenced her understanding of how different cultures, habits, and norms can affect people’s behavior towards the environment. Most recently, she lived an enlightening year in Tokyo, where she entrenched herself in Japan’s sustainability industry from attending various green events to volunteering at the Green Leaders Forum. In addition, she worked for EcoNetworks- a Japanese based CSR consulting firm as their International Communications Specialist and wrote articles for greenz.jp/en/, the first bilingual social media website based in Japan. Fenja attended West Coast Green in 2007 and she is looking forward to this year’s conference as a way to further her knowledge of the strides in the green building movement.
Fran Martin is co-chair of the award winning Visitacion Valley Greenway Project ((VVGP), an outdoor classroom and new paradigm for open space in San Francisco’s historically underserved Visitacion Valley neighborhood. She is design coordinator for VVGP (3 SF Beautiful Awards) and a founder of its Green Stewards Program for youth. She is also the chair of the Visitacion Valley Planning Alliance (VVPA), which initiated the community planning process for remediation and development of Schlage Lock, a brown field site. The planned 1,200 units of new housing, neighborhood serving retail, and 3 new parks will revitalize the neighborhood. VVPA received the 2010 Northern California APA Award for “Hard Won Victories” in partnership with the SF Redevelopment Agency and SF Planning Department. In addition, Fran initiated a developer’s fee for capital improvements to public infrastructure, including a new library and the Leland Avenue Streetscape Improvements, a model for LID in San Francisco. She has served on various boards and advisory groups in San Francisco.
Gordon is an Energy Efficiency Specialist for the LodgingSavers Program. In this capacity he assists lodging proprietors decrease their energy and water usage through the implementation of various energy and water saving measures. He joined Ecology Action in 2005.
Prior to his employment with Ecology Action, Gordon worked in various fields, including education and retail for 5 years and 25 years respectively.
Gordon has a variety of education, training, and affiliations that help him to better serve his clients. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Energy Resource Management from the University of Maryland University College, a BA in Management and Organizational Development from Fresno Pacific University, completed undergraduate coursework in Architecture and Building Construction Science at College of the Sequoias. He has attended various energy efficiency training events at PG&E, SCE, Build It Green, and West Coast Green. He is a Certified Green Building Professional, former Green Card member of Clean Tech Open, and recently joined the Passive House California Group.
Heather Phillips graduated in Spring 2009 with her Bachelors of Science in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. While in school Heather was involved with the student APA chapter, an officer for three consecutive years of a 100+ member organization, and worked as a member of the Cal Poly Consultants team developing the Benicia Climate Action Plan.
Since graduation Heather has found herself training for marathons and working at an environmental planning and consulting firm (http://www.streamlineplanning.net) completing contracted city planning services and assisting in other private permitting projects. She is also an active Board member for Humboldt Plan It Green, a 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to a future of prosperous communities, green business practices, healthy living, and innovation on the Redwood Coast.
Heather hopes to continue to expand her professional experience in unison with her outreach efforts. Her goal for both of these endeavors are to encouraging individuals to consider the impacts of their everyday lifestyles and how these activities are impacting the environment, human health and the general well being of society at large.
Jacob Anderson-Minshall is an environmental reporter and educator. The former open space ranger reports on green issues for Examiner.com, Portland’s KBOO radio and the cable TV show Sustainable Today. He is also the co-founder of Green It Forward, a new nonprofit media organization dedicated to giving voice to underrepresented minorities; and to promoting the best green initiatives, innovations, practices and products.
Jared Brick has started the Presidio MBA coming from a diverse and exciting background as a freelance photographer + personal educator, work feature film production and community development to outreach in the green sector. Recently, he spent almost 4 months volunteering on an organic farm with WWOOF.org in Maui, serving him with a new environmental foundation into the MBA program. Jared previously assisted; SF City Hall with Earth Hour, Green Zebra’s new Eco-Action Center, the World Bamboo Organization for disaster relief structures in Haiti and now working with the new Rentalic.com website for person to person online rentals. He holds a Bachelors of Studio Arts in Photography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and also holds a certificate from Acterra’s Be the Change- Environmental Leadership Course. This summer he became a new dad and recently moved to Berkeley to start his family. Jared offers community integrated leadership, visionary creative thinking and revolutionary tactics to reach new sustainable global markets. Jared is an Ecowarrior at heart and aspiring to inspire before he expires!
Jocelise is a visiting scholar from Brazil, currently working at the UC Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Lab. Her research has focused on the study of sustainable product development initiatives in the footwear industry from a perspective based on the cradle-to-cradle concept, which sees the waste of a given process as raw material for another, just like it happens in nature. As an architect with a M.Sc. in civil engineering, who is pursuing a PhD in industrial engineering while working as a visiting scholar in the department of mechanical engineering at Cal, with an overarching interest in design on its many different forms, she sees sustainable design as today’s ultimate interdisciplinary endeavor. In early 2011, Jocelise will be returning to Brazil to embark on a future challenge as a Professor of Design working with sustainable product development. The country, like other rapidly developing nations, currently faces serious environmental challenges as population growth, combined with rising living standards, lead to increased demand for natural resources, products and services. However, the current development model – which follows a linear cradle-to-grave logic – must not be simply replicated, and an alternative model firmly rooted on sustainability concepts should be embraced as soon as possible.
John Cothran is a a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a residential remodeler with many years experience in counseling at risk youth and in residential building (Certified Green Building Professional and CHEERS certified HERS rater) . He currently teaches green building at Asian Heighborhood Design to people from marginalized communities with barrieres to employment. John obtained his MS in Counseling from San Francisco State University and BA in Social Psychology from New College of California, and is the Owner and Operator of JConstruction in Fairfax, California (http://www.jconstruction.4t.com). John views training AND students for employment in the Green Collar Economy as social, environmental and economic justice. He personally finds his role at AND a unique and rewarding opportunity to synthesize carpentry, green building, and counseling skills.
When not out mountain biking, kayaking or climbing, Joe works as the Green Building & Environmental Specialist for the City of Santa Cruz. He is also the Co-Chair of the Environmental Affinity Group with SV2. His most recent venture -Project Fly Right- is aimed at improving sustainability efforts in the airline industry. Joe is a LEED AP, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, and a graduate of Acterra’s “Be the Change” Environmental Leadership Program. He is currently studying Sustainable Enterprise Management at the University of Phoenix.
Joshua is a Sustainability Manager for Farnsworth Group Inc. a nationwide architectural and engineering firm. The Los Angeles office is focused on sustainability and building commissioning services. Joshua received a BA degree in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology located in Boston, MA and relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career at the forefront of sustainable development and construction. He is, an active member of the USGBC, participating in the Los Angeles CleanTech Corridor design competition, pursuing a Master’s of Science in Green Building degree from San Francisco Institute of Architecture, competing in the Los Angeles Triathlon and is dedicated to eating right and highly promotes local organic food. Joshua and his wife Sara both enjoy hiking, biking, camping, rock climbing and just about anything outdoors.
Kevin Riley, Fulbright Scholar and Oakland, CA resident, is Executive Director of the nonprofit Reclamation Nation (http://www.reclamationnation.org). Kevin brings his 20+ years of design and production experience to his leadership role of a group of talented and concerned technologists, designers, and entrepreneurs. Reclamation Nation’s mission is to build and manage the tools and educational resources necessary to enable profitable and repeatable collaborations between industry, nonprofits, and reclaimed-material product developers. The Reuse People (http://www.thereusepeople.org) will be using images from one of Kevin’s recent reclamation design projects for their West Coast Green 2010 booth, stop in if you’d like to see more.
Born and raised on the Central Coast of California, Kristen is now co-founder of a small sustainability consulting firm—Elemental—on the other side of the continent in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She brings to her work a breadth of life experiences. With a B.A. in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and a M.A. in International Development from Dalhousie University in Halifax NS, her education is seasoned with years of international travel, teaching, and community volunteerism. While her graduate research dealt with the concept of ecological design, propelling her into the forefront of the LEED green building rating system in Eastern Canada, her career has also involved environmental education for children and sustainability planning for corporations and communities.
Melanie Colburn is a second-year West Coast Green scholarship recipient, currently pursing her MBA with an emphasis in Sustainability at San Francisco State University, where she is also Chapter Co-President of Net Impact. Last year, she built a yurt made entirely of reclaimed wood and cloth. She works as an editor and analyst at a San Francisco-based consulting and communications agency with clients in cleantech, SRI and supplier diversity. Melanie contributed to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Vision 2050 project as a research and design assistant. She graduated with honors from University of California, Berkeley and has published articles on economics, energy, technology and culture. Melanie is interested in innovation, collaboration and standards leadership in Green Building and Sustainable Urban Design.
Michael Green is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Health. Since 1996, Michael has led CEH’s work nationally in solving the problem of lead in children’s products. He has worked in Washington at both the US Dept of Energy and US EPA, designed a solid waste management plan for the Tibetan refugee community in Dharamsala, India, and cared for the sick at Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, India. In 2007 he received the California Wellness Foundation’s annual Leadership Award, and the prestigious Compassion in Action Award which is presented to one individual each year jointly by the Dalai Lama Foundation and the Committee of 100 for Tibet. He has testified before Congress about toxins in consumer products, and is frequently quoted in national and international media.
Misty Mersich received a B.S. in Business Administration from Humboldt State University, and a just recently completed her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University. Misty’s graduate project analyzed the sustainability of northern California coastal communities. She strives to leverage her Masters degree into a career promoting livable sustainable communities, and green building practices.
With a life-long passion for the environment, an undergraduate degree in marine biology from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco (with classes once held at Fort Mason!), Nicole is well equipped to bring change to any environment, natural and professional. Her passion lies in water, agriculture, food supplies as well as strategic planning, consulting and change management. Prior to business school, she worked in environmental consulting, specifically stormwater management and water quality. She is looking forward to continuing to applying her passion, my knowledge, my skills and experience in an extraordinary way! Being the change, one day at a time…
Currently serving as Chief Innovation Officer for WasteNots.org in Oakland CA, Mrs. Bourelly is fulfilling her passion for social justice and equality in education for bay area children living in communities isolated from opportunity. During the course of her professional career, not only has she served organizations in complex and changing environments but has volunteered her time and talents to local non-profits and small businesses with like minded missions. Mrs. Bourelly holds an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of Georgetown University where she acquired the unique talent of balancing accounting and business administration with a liberal arts background. Deliberate in the fight of recruiting all folks into the system which supports a healthier way of life. Sharing the message that all have a role in contributing, growing and sustaining opportunity for their entire community.
Serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Ventura County, Rhett is someone who is passionate about building, the environment, and how the two can co-exist. Growing up in Canada, the US and Mexico with a general contractor for a dad and an environmental advocate for a mom, Rhett had an alternative upbringing to put it mildly. Graduating from the University of Vermont in May ‘08 with a degree in Economics, he hopes to use his skills to convince conservative minded people of the benefits and cost effectiveness of building efficiently. While attending West Coast Green 2010, Rhett hopes to network with established professionals, learn about the newest possibilities for building efficiently, and incorporate them into a wide variety of building projects. Through expanding professional networks, sharing information and being open to new concepts, Rhett will continue challenging people’s view of the built world.
Robert has been thinking about alternative energy since his undergraduate days as a physics major at SUNY Stony Brook in New York. One of his physics professors remarked during class one day that ‘the person who is able to store sunlight efficiently will be great’ or something to that effect. That idea stuck in Robert’s head, and most recently he has designed a new way to use photovoltaics and is currently attracting seed money to prove this yet-to-be-revealed concept. Robert has been designing and installing residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems since 1994, from the Front Range in Colorado to Big Sur in California. He has designed and implemented an energy audit at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and has developed solar PV systems in Southeast Asia. After earning an MBA from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, Robert has also worked in the software and mergers & acquisitions industries. His is very enthusiastic about the widespread use of alternative energy, and looks forward to making a solid contribution to this industry.
Roy is an urban planner, architect, and educator. Roy was previously an adjunct professor at New York University, teaching environmental/ cultural mapping for social change. He is currently the Co-Director of the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and helping local residents in Oakland Chinatown reclaim a local urban park and transit area for sustainable planning in a culturally relevant way. Roy hopes to combine storytelling and digital mapping with green innovation to help build better environments with immigrant communities.
Sara Hammond is the Energy Manager with The National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore. Ms. Hammond started working with the National Park Service in January of 2008 where, as a collateral duty, she started to look at the Park’s energy use. She was hired as an Energy Manager in July of 2009 to manage various water and energy conservation programs within the Park. Sara, as she puts it, had the “great fortune” to assist with an energy audit at Yosemite National Park, one of her most favorite places in the world. Ms. Hammond recently earned her LEED Green Associate accreditation which she will use to facilitate the LEED certification of a newly constructed building at Point Reyes National Seashore. In her off time, Ms. Hammond enjoys swimming and spending time with her Catahoula Leopard dog Dax, and her partner Kris.
Sara is originally from Boston, where she received her Bachelors in Architectural Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is a Program Coordinator for Conservation Services Group working with California’s Utilities and HERS contractors. She and has several years of experience dealing with building design, energy analysis, green product research and LEED project management. Upon relocating to Los Angeles, she has immersed herself in green living and has taken an interested in sustainable community development. As a committed advocate for sustainability, she enjoys collaborating with various non-profits to promote awareness and education.
Sebastian was born in the United States (Jersey City) and raised in Argentina (South America). Since 1997, he resides in Miami where he has led several Green committees and blogged extensively to create awareness in South Florida about the importance of recycling. Sebastian truly believes that everyone has the right to have the option of a sustainable affordable home that is environmentally friendly. He’s an Entrepreneur, search engine marketing professional, and environmentally conscious community builder with ties to the US Hispanic and Latin American communities, and he wants to be the catalyst of the change that he wants to see in the area of green and prefab housing, starting with where he is, South Florida, and expanding into Latin America.
Shannon Blote currently works as a Marketing Associate for a commercial real estate brokerage team based in Silicon Valley. From her experience in real estate, Shannon has witnessed first hand how a growing demand for sustainable solutions and green work space is affecting the commercial office market. Shannon holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Business Management and Psychology from the University of Redlands and plans to pursue a Master’s Degree of Business in the near future. She has a passion for world travel and devotes much of her time volunteering in the local community. Shannon is committed to building a professional career that combines her interests in sustainable design and real estate and helps create balance and harmony in the world that surrounds her.
Sirilak “Cherry” Angkhawattanapong
I am an international student, and I am taking a Masters English Program for Energy and Environmental Studies at Education First School in San Francisco. I have achieved university honours along with Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Science in field ofProject Management from universities in Thailand. I have worked as an architect since I graduated from the architecture program. When I was in Thailand, I was involved in an earth house workshop. After that, I sometime worked with a small group of people helping and training those who cannot afford their houses, or who wanted to build their own earth houses. Since I arrived and have been studying in San Francisco, I have learned so much about sustainable concepts. I realize that we have arrived at a moment unlike any other in all of human history. I plan to study more about sustainable design, and I intend to work on sustainable architecture in Thailand when I go back. I think that making the public more aware about global environmental problems is the main key to changing our world for the better.
Sonia Quintero is an industrial engineer and a socially responsible project manager and entrepreneur. She has ten years of professional experience in Emergency Planning working for governmental agencies. She started EcoCultura, a non-profit that seeks to promote and support green businesses, and overall sustainable living projects in Latin=American communities.Sonia was born in Colombia and has been living in the Bay Area for the last 20 years. Sonia has a passion for the environment, for connecting people, and for managing projects. She thrives for bringing resources together to accomplish successful projects that are sustainable and have a positive impact in communities.
Sruti Bharat is a third-year Industrial Engineering and Operations Research major at UC Berkeley. She is currently Intern Program Coordinator for Building Sustainability at Cal, a student organization that works to reduce the environmental footprint of campus buildings, and also recently became a LEED Accredited Professional for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. Over the summer she was the Climate Action Intern at the UC Office of the President, conducting their first Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory with The Climate Registry. Sruti is also double-minoring in English and Energy and Resources in order to receive a truly interdisciplinary education. She hopes to explore the intersection between business, engineering, policy, and the environment in her future career
For my MBAE studies at the University of San Francisco, I am presently focusing on strategic and financial issues surrounding the development of clean and green technology as an emerging industry. Attendance of the West Coast Green 2010 provides me the opportunity to listen and converse with various important players in this young industry.
Tobias Schultz lives in San Francisco; he works in the design of renewable energy systems, life cycle assessment, and sustainable building design. His past work includes consultation for Native American Tribes on renewable energy technologies, and writing the first life cycle assessment of surfboard construction. He went to UC Santa Cruz for his undergraduate education, where he graduated with a B.S. in Physics in 2006, receiving Highest Honors. After a two year break, he returned to school at UC Berkeley, completing his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in September 2010; it was there he received an Engineering and Business for Sustainability certificate. He works as a consultant in sustainable design; you can learn more about him at http://www.tobiasschultz.com.
I was born and raised in San Jose California at the same time as the technology boom in the Silicon Valley. I studied Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara and fell in love with travel. During my 4 year undergraduate program I traveled and studied abroad at the University of the West Indies in Barbados and at the University of Cordoba in Spain. By exploring various regions in the world and returning again and again to the Silicon Valley my views on green technology have been continually refreshed. I am currently developing a company specializing in the construction of environmentally friendly homes with the goal of minimalizing impact to the natural environment. I am hoping the West Coast Green conference will give me the opportunity to learn more about sustainability in modern construction and open my eyes to the posibilities in the near future.
Viviana is dedicated to making a difference in her local community with a passion for promoting healthy sustainable living. She holds an architecture degree from USC and has worked primarily in residential architecture and building in the Bay Area. Currently Viviana is the Facilities Coordinator/ Special Projects Manager at the Berkeley Food and Housing Project (http://www.bfhp.org) which is committed to ending homelessness in Berkeley. Viviana has volunteered at West Coast Green for the last two years and is excited about this year’s opportunity to attend with a scholarship. It is her desire to take what she learns from the conference for inspiration and resources for sustainable building maintenance and renovations to BFHP’s homeless shelters.