It is of the utmost importance that we are providing accessible and affordable housing for our most vulnerable community members, ensuring that they are housed and healthy. Our working families need more options for housing and our low-income neighbors need access to housing that is within their financial reach. Our county can increase the amount of affordable and accessible housing by streamlining processes for our labor and trades communities, which would help to make sure this happens safely and efficiently. Our county can promote green buildings and sustainable growth by incentivizing our labor and trades communities, which would serve to enhance our county's response to the climate crisis and would increase the desire to build and develop green infrastructure.
Our county needs green buildings, sustainable growth and streamlined and incentivized processes for our labor/trades communities to help make this happen safely and efficiently.
I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Thurston Climate Action Team and have engaged with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and the joint community effort to address ACTIONS from the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan as they relate to the buildings in Thurston County. This collaboration has led to the formation of the local Green Building Action Team, which helps to inform and educate our communities and local government officials of the opportunities and advantages of enabling zero-carbon building practices, instituting incentives and updating policies that support green and affordable housing.
Much of my work in the electric utility environment (Public Utility District No. 1 of Cowlitz County) as an Energy Efficiency Manager and in the education and research space (Washington State University Energy Program) as a Principal Investigator and Senior Project Manager has influenced my continued engagement on this issue. You can see more about my professional experiences on my LinkedIn profile.
As your Commissioner, I hope to help shift our community in a direction that meets the needs of county residents and local businesses while we address affordability and sustainability.