Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend

Stacie Townsend is our Administrative Assistant and Spec Shaman blog contributor. She enjoys supporting the GreenCE team, first and foremost, by providing excellent customer service to our clients. Beyond that, no task in the office is too small for her to handle. Stacie has a BA in English/Communications/Fine Arts from Washington State University Vancouver and is completing her MFA in Writing from Goddard College. She has multiple writing and photography projects currently in the works, and is slowly building her creative arts company. Stacie is excited to use her vast experience in customer service, writing, fine arts, and teaching to support and promote GreenCE's commitment to increase sustainable design literacy at all levels and to accelerate the transition to a sustainable built environment.

The Spec Shaman

On: Jul 15, 2018
Working Together: Partnership Between Resiliency and Sustainability

When I tell people that I work in the sustainable build and design industry, they usually assume we’re all tree huggers collecting plastic bottles and straws and wearing hemp clothing. They don’t understand that sustainability goes much deeper than that. Its official focus is to avoid the depletion of natural resources, so ecological balance is maintained. In laymen’s terms, we just want to save the environment so that it’s still alive and healthy in a thousand years, right?

On: Jun 28, 2018
3 Reasons to Say YES to Becoming a LEED Green Associate

Opportunities don’t happen, they are created. One of the ways to create opportunity is to say yes when your first reaction is to say no. Usually, we say no because we think we’re unqualified or won’t succeed, or we think it doesn’t apply to us. Maybe you have thought this regarding the LEED Green Associate accreditation. But you could be limiting your opportunities.

On: Jun 22, 2018
3 Tips for Getting Specified on Multi-Family Projects

Historically, the LEED rating system is challenging for multi-family project. The single-family and office rating system was used for multi-family development, and this presented less opportunities for multi-family product manufacturers to get specified. But with LEED v4, multi-family specific credits are now included, creating more opportunity for specification. Sustainability may be trending, but this doesn’t mean it’s a fad.

On: Jun 14, 2018
4 Transparency Documents That Help Specification on Both LEED v4 & WELL Projects

In a previous blog, we explored the WELL Standard and how it works together with LEED v4. While LEED v4 is concerned with the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods—the outside of the structure—WELL Standard is focused on a holistic view of health.

On: Jun 6, 2018
The WELL Standard: The Heart of Buildings

Building and design professionals often seem to focus on only the shell and infrastructure of a building. LEED deals with the building materials and how it’s put together. If this was an anatomy lesson, we could say LEED is the bones and muscle of a building. That’s a big job, and with so many programs (and acronyms!) available, why add one more to the mix?

On: Jun 1, 2018
The Insider's Guide on Getting Specified for Passive House Projects

American architect and inventor, R. Buckminster Fuller, said, “The best way to predict the future is to design it.” The build and design industry is creative and innovative. There is always something new to invent, something new to learn. This creativity and innovation offers a vast amount of options for designing the future.

On: May 25, 2018
3 Tools to Make the GBCI Exam Process a Piece of Cake

Taking and passing the LEED exam is no small endeavor. The process and requirements can be overwhelming, as explained in this previous blog, How to Get LEED Certified. It probably requires more studying than desired for the average person, since college is in that rearview mirror for most taking the exam!

On: May 18, 2018
3 Ways LEED Product Documentation Leads to Product Specification

The road to product specification can seem like you’re on the Star Trek Enterprise and that you just got transported to an unknown alien planet. There’s lot of steps to take to get specified. There are many strategies to implement. And it’s not all straight forward. It can be confusing!

On: May 10, 2018
3 Reasons Why a Health Product Declaration (HPD) Increases Specification Opportunities

Product specification doesn’t just happen, it takes a bit of strategy to achieve! Stephen R. Covey said, “Make time for planning: Wars are won in the general’s tent.” But this isn’t war, this is business! Yes, but planning ahead in any situation is time well spent, especially when it deals with product specification.

On: May 3, 2018
Manufacturers: What Kind of Networker Are You--a Farmer or a Hunter?

The Greenbuild/ABX 2017 Sustainability Report was recently released and it’s exciting to see how Greenbuild stands behind their claims that sustainability is their foundation.