Groundswell is Cascadia Green Building Council’s inaugural year-end gala for innovators, rule breakers and change makers. Groundswell will be the bioregional event of the year, where we will celebrate progressive spirit and aggressive challenge of the status quo. We will honor those who’ve helped drive green building innovation and local action in communities across the bioregion.
Join us at 415 Westlake in Seattle on Thursday, December 12th to enjoy fine food, Seattle centric music and a network of truly inspiring people.
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’ll honor Cascadia’s leaders with the following awards:
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.
Four honorees, to be announced at Groundswell
Outstanding Volunteer Leaders
Branch Collaborative leaders are individuals whose service to their local green building communities has substantively advanced the movement throughout the region. We'll also recognize an emerging professional/emergin green builder and a public sector leader for their contributions.
Emerging Professional / Emerging Green Builder Leadership Award
Branch Collaborative Leadership Award
Public Sector Leadership Award
A room block has been reserved at the Seattle's Silver Cloud Inn. Special reduced rates for Groundswell attendees by using discount code: GROUNDSW. The cut-off date for reserving rooms in the room block at the hotel is December 2, 2013.
For telephone reservations, call 206-325-1400 and provide the group code "GROUNDSW".
Getting to 415 Westlake
Groundswell is located at 415 Westlake in downtown Seatlle.