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Advisory Members

David Bangs, an energy investor and former Microsoft manager, founded Home Performance Washington (HPW) in 2009 by bringing together a handful of like-minded auditors and contractors interested using a whole house energy retrofit approach to maximize efficiency, comfort, durability and safety. The group found that working together would be necessary to surmount significant obstacles and transform an industry traditionally focused on installing individual products. Today, HPW is comprised of over 80 service providers, conservation programs, educational institutions and other stakeholders statewide. HPW is, in turn, a founding chapter of Efficiency First, the national organization most responsible for federal legislation promoting performance-based home retrofits, such as the Home Star ("Cash for Caulkers") proposal in the Obama Jobs Bill. David serves as president and policy chair of HPW and as a board member and national best practices committee chair of Efficiency First.

Dylan Chalk, a Washington State Certified Real Estate Instructor, an Energy Star Verifier and a certified Tune-Up energy audit inspector. He first learned to build by restoring antique wood boats in his hometown of Mystic, Connecticut. He graduated from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he designed his own interdisciplinary Environmental Studies major. He has an extensive construction and building experience and ran a small painting and contracting company in Boulder, Colorado. Dylan began inspecting homes under the tutelage of his mentor and fellow home inspector Raj Hayden of Cardinal Home Inspections. He is currently researching ways to better implement energy efficiency and environmentally friendly building practices into his home inspection and consulting business.

Matthew Coates, AIA LEED is an award-winning architect, with over 15 years of design and consulting experience. He is forward-thinking, focusing on where architecture and sustainable designs are heading - using technology to promote the most versatile use of energy and materials. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards and has been published in respected publications including: Wall Street Journal, Dwell, Men’s Journal, Professional Builder, New York Times. Matthew founded Coates Design, Inc., Seattle, in 2004.

Kol Medina is the Executive Director of the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, an attorney, and a life-long environmental enthusiast. During his four years as Executive Director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter he has overseen the substantial expansion of the Shelter’s wildlife hospital, staff, and education services. During this time he has also continued his law practice and has served on numerous boards including the Association of Bainbridge Communities, the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, One Call for All, and the National Association of Environmental Law Societies. From 1996-1998, Kol and his wife, Elsa, served as Peace Corps Volunteers in West Africa, managing a forest valuation project, a livestock valuation project and designing an educational children’s bird book. Kol obtained his BA in Environmental Studies at Carleton College and his law degree at Stanford Law School.

Kathleen O'Brien is founder and president of O'Brien & Company, a nationally recognized leader in sustainable design-build consulting, education, and research. She organized the first regional conference in the Northwest for the green building industry and has worked with local chapters of the National Association of Home Builders to develop award-winning green building programs. Her own green home has achieved the highest rating in Built Green, won the Parade of Homes Environmental Achievement Award, and has been featured on Home and Garden TV. She has published more than 100 articles including features in the Journal of Light Construction, Environmental Building News, Construction Data, and Building with Nature. Her first book, The Northwest Green Home Primer, was released this year.

Scott Ware had been an editor of three daily newspapers and a leader in newsrooms in Tennessee, Puerto Rico, New Mexico and Washington State before retiring from a 38-year career in the newspaper business. He now offers consulting services and special project leadership to local governments and non-profits. Scott led the creation of a multi-government partnership for energy and resource management involving the cities of Bainbridge Island, Bremerton and Poulsbo, the Port of Bremerton, Washington State University and Puget Sound Energy. He also led the development of the Port's "10 Percent in 2010: An Action Plan for Energy Efficiency and Environmental Stewardship." He assisted Community Energy Solutions with its Community Energy Forum. Scott has a certificate in sustainable business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute.


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