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The Seattle Chapter of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild provides leadership, education, and tools for sustainably transforming the built environment in the Central Puget Sound region.

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The Seattle chapter represents the largest chapter of the Guild and our membership includes some of the founders of this organization. We have lots of fun and educational activities all through the year.



Honoring the Life of Chris Herman - Chapter Co-Founder

Honoring Chris Herman

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.  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.
He died too soon, but the causes he was passionate for, and people he was passionate about, live on. He will be deeply missed, but we can be comforted with our many wonderful memories of his time with us all.

A celebration of life will be held later this summer for everyone who would like to get together to remember Chris. His family will update Facebook and Helping Hands when they make arrangements, and the Guild will post on our various platforms as well. For now, they plan to hold a private burial, and request some space for their private grieving.

If you would like to honor Chris’ memory with a gift, in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to one of the following:
The Nature Conservancy (
Solar Cookers International ( or
Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County (…/hospice-home-care-of-sn…/)

Educational Events

Save the date Wednesday,
June 22nd, 2016  
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Exploring Examples of Vernacular Architecture

Talks, Hands-On Team-Ups & Exhibits Show the Way

To Blur the Lines of Inside & Outside Spaces

Photo Credits: Two Ideas of Vernacular Architecture

JOIN US & PARTICIPATE! (YouTube Video Available late July)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016   6:30 - 9:00 PM NOTE EARLY START TIME. Refreshments Provided.

Phinney Neighborhood Association, lower brick building 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Homes and businesses alike require spaces that draw people out and bring nature in. This “silo-busting” approach works in all environments to help connect us to our natural surroundings in more inspiring—and fun—ways. We’ll start with short presentations, move into our team-ups, see what we create, and finish with presentations and a look at the exhibits that will keep the conversations going. This type of workshop challenges you to creatively envision space differently, while building something in a collaborative, most enjoyable way.

Our presenters:

  • Nicole Starnes Taylor, MAKE Design Studio, Principal/Architect, will focus on a study of vernacular buildings from around the world along with modern buildings that creatively blend inside/outside space.

  • Eric Peterson, Mech. Engineer & MBA Pinchot U, and Lauren Lark, MBA Pinchot U, OutDoor Office Company, will provide examples of innovative designs challenging the traditional office space.

  • Linda Hillesheim, BS Design/SBA/Ikebana International Seattle, will share the sustainable, mindful art of ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) as an element that brings nature into any environment, at any socio-economic level.

You won’t want to miss this great hands-on education session.

Session Facilitator: Janie Bube

Be sure to bring your creativity and questions, and contribute your knowledge.

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Free for members. $10 suggested donation for non-members. Walk-ins welcome; register to ensure admission (150 cap.).

See more info about this event on the Guild’s website:

We want to know what you want to know! Talk with us on The NW EcoBuilding Guild’s Facebook page


On the Eastside? Join the SIMULCAST at 21 Acres, Woodinville, each month instead of bracing for traffic into Seattle, you can enjoy all the benefits of our educational series right in your own backyard.  We will be simulcasting events at 21 Acres again in 2016.  Stay tuned for link updates.


We have fun and informative regular educational meetings that cover a diverse array of topics related to green building. Stay tuned to the Events Calendar for information. Come join us!

4th Wednesday of the month*, 7 to 9pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center -  Lower (Brick) Building
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Free for members; $10 suggested donation for non-members. Or register at the door.

*We usually have alternative events in August, September, November and December, so always check the calendar for the latest info.

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We have many great volunteer opportunities!


Contact us:

Mailing Address:
Seattle Chapter - Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
PO BOX 20746
Seattle, WA  98102
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