On Buildings, Swans, and the Power of Arithmetic

Coming ….. May 24, 2017

Members are invited to participate in the Bellingham City Club Annual Meeting, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 11:30 a.m. sharp, followed by the regular monthly program

Biographies of proposed Board members are posted on the Board of Directors page.

The climate crisis is scary and unpredictable, full of vicious cycles that threaten exponential change. But climate action and climate solutions can also leverage exponential power.

Our speaker will shed light on how buildings can accelerate the clean energy transition so vital to our collective future

Zack Semke: A member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps, Zack is CMO at NK Architects, a firm based in Seattle and Pittsburgh that is dedicated to creating zero carbon buildings at scale.

  • He earned his BA from Stanford University with a concentration in Human Ecology,
  • Began his career as the first staffer of the Coalition for a Livable Future, a Portland-based coalition of environmental, affordable housing, transportation reform, and smart growth advocacy organizations
  • Co-led the performing arts group, Portland Taiko, building a national audience and serving as a lead performer for the Japanese drumming troupe.
  • Earned his graduate certificate in design from the Landscape Institute at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum.
  • Joined builder Hammer & Hand as Chief Evangelist to share the firm’s pioneering Passive House work and its connection to climate change.
  • Serves on the board of directors of Passive House NW and chairs its policy committee.

Advance ticket sales end Monday May 22 at 11:50 am

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About City Club Programs

Founded in 1993, the Bellingham City Club is a non-partisan civic organization with over 450 members that fosters dialogue and debate on important issues facing our community. City Club meets for lunch on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Northwood Hall (3240 Northwest Ave, Bellingham, WA).

  • 11:30 a.m.: Doors open
  • 11:50 a.m.: Buffet lunch is served
  • 12:20 p.m.: Program start
  • 1:30 p.m.: Program end

Lunch costs $13 for members, $18 for non-members and $5 for Young Adults (29 and under) when purchased in advance on Brown Paper Tickets; a limited number of tickets may be available at the door at the cost of $15 for members and $20 for guests. The program is open to the public.