About Us

For twelve years Earth Advantage has been working tirelessly to accelerate the adoption of green building practices in the Northwest. We green certify homes and multifamily buildings across Oregon and SW Washington, working one on one with builders and developers to guide them toward building better. Green building isn't just about construction, it's also about training the professionals within the real estate market so they can capture and communicate the value of high performance homes. To date we've trained over 8,000 professionals across the country on building science and emerging trends in the green building industry. For nearly three years Earth Advantage has also been working with Metro to develop a building material reuse service and site certification. Infill building in a rapidly growing city like Portland is a challenge to sustainability, and making sure we reuse as much material as possible from tear-downs of old buildings is important to that equation. Research studies in support of the industry on energy labeling, green valuation, and climate reduction strategies through energy use in buildings is a way for us to provide verified information to the marketplace in support of sustainable building practices. 

In order to close the loop on capturing value in green homes we have built two software platforms focused on energy efficiency and green data. The first—CakeSystems™ (purchased by Renovate America in 2016) was a tool for home performance contractors and utility program managers to gather home efficiency data and manage energy efficiency programs. In 2017, five years since it's ideation, we built the Green Building Registry™ platform. The Green Building Registry is our way of making sure the actual green data about a home is captured in the real estate market so that valuation can be fully realized. The Green Building Registry is currently in use by the City of Portland Home Energy Score program and will be launched in the state of Missouri and Arkansas later in 2018. 

At Earth Advantage we believe that climate change is a challenge that crosses boundaries of income, race, ethnicity, religion, age, abilities, geography, gender identities, sexual orientation, and disproportionately affects disadvantaged populations. In our mission to accelerate the adoption of environmentally responsible homes, we actively support and value diversity in company culture, the recruitment of staff and board members, and in our partnerships with organizations and individuals in order to propel the building industry towards a socially, economically, and environmentally just future. We will successfully achieve this future through an equitable inclusion of diverse ideas, experiences, and perspectives.


Earth Advantage is a Portland-based nonprofit whose mission is to accelerate the creation of better buildings. We provide knowledge to building professionals and information to consumers through certification, research, education, and product development to move the building industry towards more sustainable practices.


 

Our Team

Stephen Bedford

Stephen Bedford

Staff Accountant
Peter Brown

Peter Brown

Director of Building Certifications
Richard Bumstead

Richard Bumstead

Energy Modeler
Erik Cathcart

Erik Cathcart

Director, Marketing & Strategy
Matt Douglas

Matt Douglas

Sr. Green Building Consultant
Eric Foley

Eric Foley

EAMF Program Manager
Randy Hansell

Randy Hansell

LEED Program Manager
David Heslam

David Heslam

Executive Director
Jordan Jordan

Jordan Jordan

Bldg. Material Reuse Consultant
Heather Kendall

Heather Kendall

Education Outreach Associate
Ryan LaPoma

Ryan LaPoma

Education Manager
Cameron MacLean

Cameron MacLean

Technical Field Consultant
Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Technical Field Consultant
Anthony Roy

Anthony Roy

Director of Programs
Ryan Shanahan

Ryan Shanahan

Sr. Green Building Consultant
John Spillman

John Spillman

Education Instructor
Amy Ten Broeck

Amy Ten Broeck

Operations Manager
Sara Walker

Sara Walker

Technical Field Consultant
Waylon White

Waylon White

Green Certification Field Manager
Ellen Williams

Ellen Williams

Residential Services Coordinator
MacKenzie Winchel

MacKenzie Winchel

Program Manager, QA

Earth Advantage Board Members

Lauren Isaac, Board President
Portland General Electric

Holly Braun, Board Member
NW Natural

Nathan Good, Board Member
Nathan Good Architects

Randell Leach, Board Member
Beneficial State Bank

Jules BaileyBoard Member
Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative

Linda GerberBoard Member
Portland Community College

David PollockBoard Member
ASHOKA

Jill ShermanBoard Member
Gerding Edlen


Work With Us

At Earth Advantage, you will work with innovative, irreverant, dedicated people who have a real commitment to making an impact on the building industry in the Northwest. 

We are builders, educators, strategists, policy experts, IT designers, and scientists from across the country with an incredible range of knowledge and expertise in energy efficiency, and building science. We are driven by the serious need to transform our building stock into energy neutral spaces that no longer contribute to climate change. Our focus is on certifying buildings for their sustainability, educating professionals and researching ways to overcome barriers to success. It takes a team effort to transform a market and our team of 25 works closely together and partners with other organizations to accelerate the adoption of net zero building practices by 2030. 

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Contact Us

Certifications Inqueries:

Residential - Single Family 
Peter Brown, Director of Certifications

Residential - Multifamily & LEED®
Eric FoleyMultifamily Program Manager

Residential - Zero Energy/Passive House
Ryan ShanahanSenior Green Building Consultant

Other Inqueries:

Training Inquiries:
Heather Kendall, Education Outreach Associate 

Press Inqueries:
Erik CathcartDirector, Marketing & Strategy

Oregon Zero Energy Buildings Coaliton:
Anthony Roy, Director of Programs

City of Portland Home Energy Score program:
MacKenzie WinchelProgram Manager / Quality Assurance

Building Material Reuse Consulting:
Jordan Jordan, Building Material Reuse Consultant

Sponsors

We are thankful for the generous financial support from the following organizations: