• Join us for the world's greenest holiday party. 

  • Celebrating support and achievement

    across the Cascadia bioregion

  • Recognizing the people and organizations 

    leading the way forward

Groundswell 2014


December 5, 2014 | 7:00pm-10:00pm
The Bullitt Center
1501 E Madison St., Seattle, WA

Join us for the world's greenest holiday party. 

Whether you're a longtime Cascadia Green Building Council Member or new to the bioregion, you're invited to Groundswell. Our holiday celebration is a fun and light-hearted opportunity to enjoy delicious (and local) food and drink, make new connections and toast to another year of green building innovation.

Just what makes this holiday party so green? For one, we're hosting it in the Bullitt Center, the building World Architecture News appointed the 2013 Sustainable Building of the Year. 



7:00 | Doors Open
7:30 - 8:00 | Opening Remarks + Cascadia Fellow Awards
9:00 - 10:00 | Live music from Winding Hearts
Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening.


Every year, dedicated volunteers further advance Cascadia’s mission to achieve a living future that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. At Groundswell, we'll celebrate the passion and impact of these green building pioneers and honor four 2014 Cascacadia Fellows. After that, we'll enjoy the musical stylings of Winding Hearts.


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. Join us in celebrating our 2014 Cascadia Fellows: Mark Frankel, Karen Marler, Mark Masteller and Paul Schwer.


Winding Hearts featuring Tamara Power-Drutis

Winding Hearts is a boutique live-performance ensemble that brings a classy and fun twist to your favorite pop songs, new and old. Featuring a rotating cast of local musicians from the indie and classical worlds, their infectious energy and unique arrangements add a welcome flair to any event.



Our hosts for the evening are two of the Cascadia bioregion's most prominent green building leaders. 


Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA

Amanda became the Executive Director of the International Living Future Institute in August 2014 after being with the Institute for four years. Amanda is an award-winning architect in the northwest Unites States where she has practiced since 1998. She was a founding board member of the Cascadia Green Building Council in 2000-2002 and was instrumental in passing the first State LEED legislation in Washington State in 2003.


Patti Southard

A long-time member and community leader, Patti Southard personifies Cascadia’s bold, pioneering spirit. Patti is also the program manager for the “GreenTools” green building program in King County Washington. At King County, Southard is creative director for the award-winning EcoCool Remodel Tool and provides technical assistance for the County’s Sustainable Cities Program, LEED and Built Green initiatives.


Throughout the evening, we'll be serving hors d'oeurves from Husky Deli, a third generation, family-owned business, as well as a local icon in West Seattle. We'd like to thank our generous beverage sponsors, Hilliard's Beer and Finn River Farm & Cider foor providing ample beer and cider to celebrating the year's accomplishments.


Hilliard’s Beer

Hilliards' was founded in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle in 2011. Packaging beer in cans was an important part of the original Hilliard’s Beer business plan: better for the beer's longevity, better for business operation sustainability and better for the environment. The brewing philosophy of Hilliard’s Beer is ‘keep it simple’ with a focus on quality ingredients. This philosophy is displayed in their cans' designs, created by Seattle's own design company, Mint.


Finnriver Farm & Cidery

Finnriver sparkling hard ciders and spirited fruit wines are handcrafted on our 33-acre organic family farm and artisan cidery on Washington’s wild Olympic Peninsula. In the Finnriver barn, cider‐making is a process of discovery—a blend of chemistry, art, nature’s will, ancient wisdom, farm ingenuity and adventurous experimentation. Finnriver is inspired by the generosity of the orchard, and guided by the both old world and contemporary American traditions of fermentation and cider making.


The greenest part of this holiday party? The people it's designed to celebrate. Groundswell is open to everyone in the Cascadia bioregion (Alaska, British Columbia, Oregon and Washington). You can expect to meet an eclectic mix of green building industry professionals, including changemakers from the region’s most innovative firms, local public sector leaders, fellow environmental and social change advocates, and emerging green builders. Together we make change. Together we make Cascadia. 

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