The Northwest EcoBuilding Guild is an association of contractors, design professionals, tradespeople, manufacturers, suppliers and homeowners interested in sustainable construction and design. Formed in 1992, our members include regionally recognized leaders in their fields as well as interested beginners. There are about 400 members in ten chapters throughout the Cascadia bioregion, from Western Washington to Montana and south the Oregon.
Guild members hold local chapter meetings, organize and support workshops, publish the EcoBuilding Times and the Green Pages – a directory of members and their enviornmentally friendly products and services.
The Guild’s mission is to promote building practices that protect human health, encourage sustainable use of energy and resources, and foster long-term regional economic vitality. I was one of the co-founders of the Guild in 1992, and can say that my practice would not exist as it does without the support of the Guild.
Founded in 1894, AIA Seattle is a not-for-profit professional association of architects, allied professionals, and laypeople. AIA Seattle is committed to excellence in architecture and service to the public. AIA Seattle is the seventh largest urban component of the American Institute of Architects, with members throughout the Puget Sound area. As of September 2008, AIA Seattle had 2,009 individual members, 258 member firms, 76 Corporate Allied Partners, and 60 Individual Allied members. AIA Seattle puts on the highly regarded “Saturday Seminar” on How to Select and Work with an Architect. I recommend this seminar to anyone contemplating a building project.
Founded in 1978 inspired by a visit from one of my heroes, Wendell Berry, Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a sustainable community, one garden at a time. In their demonstration gardens, as well as in P-Patches and other community gardens across the region, Tilth teaches people how to improve their environment by using organic gardening techniques.