PHnw 2020 Conference: "Together We Have Time"

February 18, 2020

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[Editor’s note: due to coronavirus, the PHnw 2020 conference has been canceled. Read conference organizers’ message here.]

Passive House Northwest just unveiled the slate of keynote speakers for the PHnw 2020 Conference on March 12–14, and it’s quite the trio: Jamie Margolin, youth climate activist and co-founder of Zero Hour; Kevin Bates, founder of SHARP Development Company, known for its Silicon Valley net zero energy building retrofits; and Katrin Klingenberg, co-founder and Executive Director of Passive House Institute US.

According to conference organizers, the conference’s theme, “Together We Have Time,” is a call to action and collaboration. With the IPCC making clear that the 2020s are a critical decade in our race against the climate crisis—and the fact that building energy consumption is a huge contributor to global carbon emissions—the Passive House community has a starring role to play in solution-making. PHnw’s conference is an effort by Pacific Northwest practitioners and advocates to “help transform our economy and built environment to a zero carbon world powered by renewable energy.”

As media partner for the conference, Passive House Accelerator will be there to cover the proceedings. If you’d like to join us in Seattle (and we hope you do!), you can learn more and register at the PHnw 2020 Conference website.

In the meantime, here’s more about the headliners:

Jamie Margolin testifying before Congress. (Image source: C-SPAN)

Jamie Margolin testifying before Congress. (Image source: C-SPAN)

Jamie Margolin, co-founder Zero Hour: The Zero Hour movement started with then 15-year old founder, Jamie Margolin. That summer Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico. Smoke from wildfires engulfed the city of Seattle. Frustrated by the inaction of elected officials and the fact that youth voices were almost always ignored in the conversation around our climate crisis and the profound impact that would have on young people, Jamie started gathering several of her friends in the summer of 2017 to start organizing something big, something hard to ignore! In July 2018, Zero Hour led youth climate marches in cities around the globe, including Washington, DC, New York, and London. Last September (2019), just before the UN Climate Action Summit, Jamie testified before Congress to urge action on our climate emergency.

Kevin Bates of SHARP Development Company. (Image source: SHARP)

Kevin Bates of SHARP Development Company. (Image source: SHARP)

Kevin Bates, founder of SHARP Development Company: Kevin Bates has over 30 years of experience as a commercial real estate developer in Silicon Valley. His focus is on retrofitting existing commercial buildings to net zero energy, with carbon neutrality, and a strong emphasis on the health and wellness of the interior environment for the occupants. The driver for Bates is to demonstrate that this way of repurposing existing building stock can be done in a manner that is more profitable for the ownership than the less expensive way of building to meet minimum code.

Katrin Klingenberg of Passive House Institute US. (Image source: Global Ambassadors)

Katrin Klingenberg of Passive House Institute US. (Image source: Global Ambassadors)

Katrin Klingenberg, co-founder and Executive Director of Passive House Institute US (PHIUS): Katrin Klingenberg is the executive and the lead instructor for the PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) training. She also directs the technical and research programs at PHIUS which has trained over 2,000 architects, engineers, energy consultants, energy raters, and builders in passive building standards. Klingenberg studied at the Technische Universitaet in Berlin, and graduated from Ball State University with a Master’s degree in Architecture. She began her career in architecture with Murphy/Jah, then joined Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and later started her own firm and became a register architect in Germany.

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