Christopher Gronbeck

Employment & Volunteer Work

Sustainable By Design
www.susdesign.com
1998 to present
Freelance consulting business in the solar energy, architecture, and green buildings fields.
Cascadia Community College
www.cascadia.edu
Sept. 2011 to present
Associate Faculty Member and instructor in the Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Practices program. Courses taught include Solar Energy Systems and Solar PV Design & Installation.
Sustainable Building Advisor Institute
www.sbainstitute.org
2006 to present
Curriculum developer and passive solar design instructor for this professional certification program.
After-School Program Teacher
Stevens Elementary School
2008
Teacher of Exploring Nature, a weekly after-school program for 2nd through 5th graders.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
Seattle, Washington
www.balleseattle.org
Leadership Team Member, Seattle Chapter, October 2003 to May 2005
Nonprofit organization promoting local, sustainable economies.
Solar Cookers International
Sacramento, California
www.solarcooking.org
Board of Directors, 1999 to 2001
Board President, 2000 to 2001
Fundraiser, 1999 to present
International nonprofit organization promoting solar cooking in Africa and other sun-rich, fuel-scarce regions of the world.
Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
Seattle, Washington
www.ecobuilding.org
Member, 1999 to present
Puget Sound Chapter Steering Committee, 1999 to 2002
Web Developer & Volunteer, 1999 to present
Local green building trade organization with a focus on educating and connecting professionals with an interest in environmentally responsible residential and small commercial design and construction.
Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology
Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, California
www.crest.org
Co-Founder and Director of Software Development, 1993 to 1998
CREST was a non-profit educational organization specializing in producing web sites and educational software to promote sustainable energy. At CREST, Christopher managed a creative team that produced 14 multimedia software titles, several of which received national education awards, and dozens of sustainable energy web sites.
International Institute for Energy Conservation
Washington, DC
www.iiec.org
Manager, Technical Information Project, 1991 to 1993
IIEC's Technical Information Project delivered energy efficiency information to developing nations. Christopher pioneered the use of electronic communication technologies to replace outdated, postal-based document delivery.
Shuttle Electrodynamic Tether System
Stanford University, California
Graphical Interface Programmer, 1988 to 1991
SETS was a NASA project that measured characteristics of the Earth's upper atmosphere. Christopher programmed the interface of computer software used on the ground to monitor science experiments on board the Space Shuttle.

Skills

Solar Energy & Green Buildings
Solar angle & shading calculations, energy & heat flow analyses, window & shading system design, green building education & advising, PV array design & layout
Multimedia
Computer and print design, original artwork, technical illustration, logo design, audio/video production, visual brand development
Computer Programming
C, Perl, PHP, Javascript, Macromedia Director, MySQL, custom shopping carts and payment integration
Education
Solid science background, primary and secondary school tutoring experience, producer of several award-winning educational multimedia titles for children and adults, workshop instructor for the National Sustanable Building Advisor Program
Project Management
Software, internet, and design projects; good people management and fundraising skills
Education
B.S. 1991, Stanford University. Christopher received his degree from the Program in Values, Technology, Science and Society, a department of the School of Engineering, with research concentrations in renewable energy and international development.
Interests
Bicycling, cooking, eastern philosophy, pottery, Go, gardening, poetry, microscopy, Chinese calligraphy, guitar, Argentine tango