A United Voice for Sustainable Home Building
The Green Builder® Coalition is a not-for-profit association dedicated to amplifying the voice of green builders and professionals to drive advocacy and education for more sustainable home building practices. We unite individual small builders, building professionals and suppliers to drive policy-change and education for more resource-efficient home building standards. We work together to determine the smartest leverage points for legislative change and provide valuable opportunities for member networking and education. We are an action-oriented community of green builders and professionals dedicated to uniting and growing our joint expertise, values and voice to create stronger standards for sustainable, more environmentally responsible home building.
Why Become a Member?
Becoming a member of the Green Builder® Coalition gives you access to a determined network of like-minded home builders, building professionals, and related businesses eager to combine voices and create forward progress in the area of sustainable, healthy home building.
Board members include Chairman Kim Shanahan of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, Craig Conner of Building Quality, Bill Lazar of St. Johns Housing Partnership, and Tim O'Brien of Tim O'Brien Homes.
Kim is the Executive Officer of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, a position he has held since the end of 2008. Prior to that he was a residential builder of green, affordable housing subdivisions in Santa Fe, NM.
Kim helped the City of Santa Fe draft and adopt one of the country’s first comprehensive residential green construction codes, based on the 2008 National Green Building Standard. As an Executive Officer, he serves on the Executive Officers Council Board of Directors representing Region E, which encompasses most of the western United States. He also serves as the EOC Liaison to NAHB’s Construction Codes & Standards Committee.
Craig founded Building Quality, a consulting firm that focuses on energy and green building codes. Prior to starting that company, he worked at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for 18 years and at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory for 10 years.
Craig formerly served on the development committee for the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and NAHB's Energy and Green Building Subcommittees. He is a past member of the IECC's code and exam development committees. He is also a former chair of the Technical Committee and past Board of Directors member at the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA).
Bill Lazar is a residential contractor and Executive Director of St. Johns Housing Partnership, a private not for profit company dedicated to affordable housing in NE Florida. Bill is actively involved in the St. Johns Builders Council, the Florida Weatherization Network and local high school construction programs.
Tim O'Brien is the President of Tim O'Brien Homes. Tim has been an active member of the local and state builders association, serving on the Single-Family Builders Council, the Habitat for Humanity Home Builder Blitz, and Chairman of the Green Building Council. He is a past President for the Metropolitan Builders Association and currently is a board member on the Wisconsin Builders Foundation; the education and philanthropic non-profit that supports the state builders association. He is also an active NAHB board member.
Internationally renowned pioneer of the green building movement, award winning builder, architectural designer, and the only person ever to serve on the national Board of Directors for both the U. S. Green Building Council and the National Association of Home Builders, Ron Jones, founder of GREEN BUILDER®, Co-Founder and President of Green Builder® Media LLC, is a unique individual within the sustainability arena.
Selected as Chairman of the Consensus Committee to develop the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Green Building Standard™, his lengthy resume of leadership bridges a wide variety of organizations, associations, industry groups, sustainability advocates and stakeholders, including seven years of service as an original member of the USGBC LEED for Homes committee.
Ron enjoys a distinguished record of industry service and green building advocacy at local, state, national and international levels. A Senior Life Director on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Board of Directors, he served five consecutive years on the NAHB Executive Committee from 1998 through 2002, including two years as an NAHB National Vice President.
He has been a clear and persuasive voice for green building, both within the home building industry and across the wider community, throughout his years of volunteer service and elected leadership.
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Mike engages in national and state-level advocacy, publishes a regular column in Green Builder® Magazine and The Torch, and is the Chair of the WERS Development Group. He has presented at EEBA, RESNET, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, AWWA's ACE, StormCon, Green Building Focus and the Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference, in addition to local and regional events. Mike has also delivered testimony at the IECC and IgCC final action hearings.
A former Market Manager of Residential for the Portland Cement Association (PCA), he supervised the $1.2 million residential co-op advertising program for regional and local promoters, delivered 10 guest lectures between Cal State University at San Luis Obispo, Cal State University at Chico and Middle Tennessee State University, and managed the 10,000+ sq. ft. Concrete Pavilion, the cement and concrete industry’s marquis annual presence at the Builders’ Show.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Corporate Finance and International Business from Drake University, Kate began her career as a consultant at Arthur Andersen.
She later joined the Huron Consulting Group, where she started in their Strategic Sourcing Practice. Kate earned a promotion to Manager, Higher Education Procurement Solutions Practice, where she designed and implemented procurement systems for 2 universities in the California State education system.
Ms. Blissard holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois and has built a successful 25-year+ practice in the design and construction of buildings and interiors. She is also a licensed architect in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as having received approval for reciprocal licensure designation in every state except California via NCARB certification.
A Founding member and Past Chair of the Illinois Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Laureen served as the chapter’s Governance committee Chair and Residential Green Building Advocate, which entailed numerous public speaking engagements on behalf of the chapter.
Additionally, Laureen is the principal and owner of LTLB Envirotecture, a small architecture and design firm that primarily focuses on Green Building Program certified projects and existing home retrofits for aging in place clients.
Bill currently serves as the Executive Director of two organizations involved in promoting the benefits of strong, but readily achievable building energy codes: the broad-based Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC) and the Building Energy Efficient Codes Network (BEECN).
With over 30 years in the nation's capital, Bill has organized, managed and led several trade associations and national public policy coalitions. He has a strong background in energy, environmental, transportation, tax and natural resource policy and regulation. His experience on Capitol Hill includes working for both the US Senate and House of Representatives, with Members of Congress who served on the Senate Appropriations, Energy & Natural Resources, Environment & Public Works, and Finance Committees and the House Transportation & Infrastructure, Resources and Agriculture Committees.