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A lot is happening at i-SUSTAIN.We're excited and we bet you will be, too, but before we talk about that we'd like to say how much we will miss Ken Coleman.
On Sept. 2, Ken Coleman, dear friend and i-SUSTAIN alum, died after battling cancer for 18 months with the passion, determination and humor he brought to everything he did. Our heart goes out to Sharon Coleman, his wife and best friend. Ken will be missed by many. A celebration of life in his honor will be held on Monday, October 3 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and program begins at 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow the program.
Our next urban sustainability delegation will be Vienna, Austria, Feb. 19-24, 2017 with an optional fun trip to Kitzbühel, a winter wonderland, Feb. 25 to March 1, 2017. For seven years in a row, Vienna has been rated #1 for the quality of life. The Mercer rating included social and economic conditions, health, education, housing and the environment.
In Sept. 2017, we will be leading a bi-partisan group of Washington state lawmakers to Denmark and Sweden with us as part of our second, "Building the Clean Energy Economy" delegation. Business and non-profit participation is important and welcome. Experience for yourself the economic and environmental benefits that this region is reaping by leading the world in moving toward a carbon-free economy.

A new department, i-ADVENTURES will take cyclists and non-cyclists to five wine regions over five years.  The first one is Portugal (May 21-27, 2017) followed by trips to Chile, South Africa, New Zealand and Slovenia. Join one or join all.
i-SUSTAIN brings Gehl Institute to the Puget Sound region, Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, 2017 for a series of workshops and activities in Bellevue and Seattle. Bellevue has several transformative projects in the early stages, which will benefit from Gehl Institute's insights on designing for people first, then spaces and buildings. Seattle is continually evolving and Gehl's methodology has been very useful in the past and will continue to be. This photo was taken when i-SUSTAIN hosted Jan Gehl in Seattle for a series of events in 2005 including the Jan Gehl Street party in which we transformed a derelict street near the stadiums into a lively restaurant area.  

Following on our recent District Energy convening in Seattle and Olympia, we are organizing a two-day, Nov. 7-8, site visit to Vancouver, BC to see how the the University of British Columbia and the city have modernized and expanded their district energy systems. Contact Sandy Neale at to get more information.

We are very pleased to be working for EXTENDA, the Trade Promotion Agency of Andalusia, Spain. Through our work there, we have come to appreciate what talented sustainable architects/engineers they are, particularly when it comes to applying traditional Mediterranean concepts to contemporary architecture to reduce energy and water use. i-SUSTAIN will be bringing them to California Nov. 14-18, 2016 to share their expertise with potential collaborators and clients.

A big thank you to Susan Jones and her husband, Marco Zangari, hosting i-SUSTAIN's summer alumni party on Aug. 28 at her highly sustainable home. Attendees included local and state politicians, real estate professionals and others. Susan used her home to pioneer the use of Cross-Laminated Timber, a construction material source that has the great potential to bring jobs and prosperity to forested communities in Washington State. To read about Susan's casually elegant "beach house" in the city, read this article. In addition, Susan's home is being featured at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
Read the Seattle Times article


The CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) is being pioneered in Sweden among other countries.  We took our Climate and Energy Delegation in October 2015 to Växjö, a city of 80,000 people, surrounded by forest. There, they have built many 8-story CLT apartment buildings and are using CLT as part of its economic development strategy. What happens in Växjö shouldn't stay in Växjö -- Washington state could and should be doing the same thing to create jobs in forested communities so that they can thrive again.If you would like to be involved in the exchange of CLT expertise between Washington state/Scandinavia, please email for future updates.

It's been a busy, busy ten glorious months for i-SUSTAIN. We led two delegations to Sweden and Denmark (Climate and Energy in the fall and Urban Sustainability in the spring) and an Art and Architecture Tour of Cuba, also in the spring. We also produced a District Energy convening in Seattle and Olympia with participants from those cities as well as Denmark, Sweden, Vancouver, BC, and Portland, Oregon. Thank you to Scan/Design Foundation for partnering with us and to our many sponsors who also made it possible: UMC, the District Energy Alliance, Daniels Real Estate, ZGF, Snohomish County PUD, Enwave and the Utilities and Transportation Commission of Washington State. Also, thanks to Milepost Consulting and Emerge Leadership Project for their support.

A big i-SUSTAIN welcome to our new clients:
  • Amy Snover, UW, Director, Climate Impacts Group
  • Bob Thompson, Scan/Design Foundation
  • Brady Walkinshaw, Washington State Legislature, Representative
  • Chris Davis, Office of Gov. Jay Inslee, Senior Advisor, Energy and Carbon Markets
  • Chuck Murray, Washington State Dept. of Commerce, State Energy Office, Senior Energy Policy Specialist
  • Conrad Lee, Bellevue City Council member
  • Cyrus Habib, Washington State Legislature, Senator
  • Dan Stroh, City of Bellevue, Director of Planning
  • Dave Berg, City of Bellevue, Director of Transportation
  • Dave Danner, Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission, Chairman
  • Dean Takko, Washington State Legislature, Senator
  • Duane Jonlin, Seattle Dept. of Planning and Development, Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor (not a new client, but new to us in this position)
  • Elizabeth Kiker, Cascade Bicycle Club, Executive Director
  • Emil King, City of Belleuve, Strategic Planning Manager
  • Eric Moe, UMC, Senior Developer
  • Franz Loewenherz, City of Bellevue, Senior Transportation Planner
  • Jamie Cheney, Seattle Childrens’ Hospital, Director of Transportation
  • Jeff Morris, Washington State Legislature, Representative
  • Jessica Matlock, Snohomish County PUD, Government Relations Director
  • Joe Fitzgibbon, Washington State Legislature, Representative


  • John Chelminiak, Bellevue City Councilmember and Deputy Mayor of Belleuve
  • John Funderburk, Sound Environmental, Principal
  • Ken Johnson, Puget Sound Energy, Director of State Government Affairs
  • Lorenzo Madrid, Wellness Telecom, Senior VP of US Operations
  • Lynne Robinson, Belleuve City Councilmember
  • Marko Liias, Washington State Legislature, Senator
  • Mary Foster, 1031 Services, Principal
  • Matt Roewe, VIA Architecture, Principal
  • Melanie Stambaugh, Washington State Legislature, Representative
  • Michael Mann, Cyan Strategies, CEO, (not a new client, but new to us in this position)
  • Nathanial Jones, City of Olympia, Olympia Mayor Pro Tem; Olympia City Council
  • Nicole McIntosh, Washington State Ferries, Terminal Design Engineer
  • Nina Odell, Puget Sound Energy, Director Gov. Affairs and Public Policy
  • Paula Stevens, City of Bellevue, Assistant Transportation Director
  • Pedro Castro, Magellan Architects, Principal
  • Polina Zaika, Musa Design, Owner and Principal
  • Steve Brooks, UMC, Technical Director of Public Policy Group
  • Steve Tharinger, Washington State Legislature, Representative
  • Strom Peterson, Washington State Legislature, Representative
  • Tyson Feaster and Jean Thompson, Lake Union Partners, Principal
For more information on any of our events and activities, go to
Patricia Chase, President
(206) 349-4904
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1018 E. Capitol Street, NE, No. 6, Washington, DC-20003-3932

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