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It is with a heavy heart that the Guild is announcing the loss of one of our founders – Chris Herman. Chris, the wild river rafter, FEMA-Veteran, educatin’solar guy, who gave so much to our community and to the greater community in which he was so active, will be remembered fondly by all the people he touched with his tender, gentle spirit.

Chris Herman




He presented at the Solar Energy for Those Without Solar Access education session just last month for the Seattle Chapter, sharing his pioneering experience with creating the Edmonds Community Solar Cooperative. Chris has bravely faced pancreatic cancer over the past year with a great spirit and his signature defiance, allowing him to spend the last year of his life living his life his way – running rivers, educating the next generation of sustainable builders, and being a loving father and partner. After a week of rapid and steady decline, Chris died peacefully and comfortably at home on Saturday, June 18th. He was a great man who was involved in many different communities. He loved nature more than almost anything else, from harnessing solar energy to running whitewater rivers. Read more...


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ADUs and Tiny Houses in Olympia and Beyond
Jun 29, 2016
Join us for a panel discussion about tiny houses and accessory dwelling units (ADUs). We'll be talking about all aspects of these small homes, from building them to living in them, learning about Olympia's code and national trends along the way.
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