• Celebrating support and achievement across the Cascadia bioregion

  • Recognizing the people and organizations leading the way forward

  • The bioregion's most active particpants, shifting perspective to lead resilient change.

  • Special guest, Naomi Wachira
    Seattle Weekly's "Best Folk Singer" 2013

  • Keynote Speaker, Michelle Long, BALLE


Groundswell is Cascadia Green Building Council’s inaugural year-end gala for innovators, rule breakers and change makers. On December 12, 2013 we celebrated Cascadia's progressive spirit and aggressive challenge of the status quo. In a night of fine food, touching music and inspiring company, we honored those who’ve helped drive green building innovation and local action in communities across the bioregion. 



Musical Guest | Naomi Wachira, "Best Folk Singer" - Seattle Weekly
Naomi was born and raised in a musical family in a small town called Kijabe, which is located on the Kenyan Great Rift Valley. At age 5 she joined her parents’ choir, which spurred her love affair with music as a way to not only understand the world, but also express her introverted self. Through age and a myriad of life experiences, Naomi has developed a songwriting style that is simple and evocative, delivered with sincerity. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, she blends elements of African rhythm, American folk, and soul, offering her take on issues affecting society and telling her story as an African woman living in the diaspora.

Groundswell Keynote | Michelle Long, Executive Director, BALLE
Through intense collaboration BALLE identifies and promotes the most innovative business models for creating healthier, sustainable, and prosperous communities. With a growing network of 30,000 local entrepreneurs spanning 80 communities, BALLE is leveraging the collective voice of this movement to drive new investment, scale the best solutions, and harness the power of local, independently owned business to transform the communities where we work and live. Michelle was named one of the West Coast's "top five leading ladies of sustainability" by the Sustainable Industries Journal. She is also the co-author of Local First: A How-to Guide and the author of the new Building a Community of Businesses: A BALLE Business Network How-to Kit.

Living Future "15 Minutes of Brilliance" | David Barmon, Fiddlehead Landscapes
David is a Portland, OR native and was introduced to, and nudged toward, permaculture design. Drawn to its philosophy of interconnectedness and intuitive nature, David knew he was on to something. With a lifelong interest in ornithology and the natural sciences, he turned his attention to Northwest native plants and their ethnobotanical uses.  David was quickly recognized as one of the favorite and most candid presentations from Living Future 2013.


Every year, dedicated volunteers imagine, organize, and execute innovative lectures, tours, workshops and educational events that further advance Cascadia’s reputation as the pioneers of the deep green building.  At Groundswell, we honored Cascadia’s leaders with the following awards:

Cascadia Fellows
The Cascadia Fellowship is awarded annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to the green building movement either regionally or nationally, and are recognized leaders within the greater green design community. The Fellows embody Cascadia’s conviction that individuals and organizations can lead a transformation of the built environment by acting as a lever and a catalyst for change.
  • Nan McKay
  • Dr. Freda Pagani
  • Diane M. Sugimura
  • Dennis WIlde

Learn about the 2013 Cascadia Fellows

Outstanding Volunteer Leaders

Branch Collaborative leaders are individuals whose service to their local green building communities has substantively advanced the movement throughout the region. 

  • Emerging Professional / Emerging Green Builder Leadership Award - Kate Allen, Design Coordinator, Smallworks Studios and Laneway Housing
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  • Branch Collaborative Leadership Award - Ty Miller, Associate, Integrus
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  • Public Sector Leadership Award - Larry Morris, Projects and Grounds Manager, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District
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Download the Groundswell Sponsorship Prospectus to learn how you can demonstrate your leadership and support the bioregion.