Christopher Gronbeck

Employment & Volunteer Work

Sustainable By Design
1998 to present
Freelance consulting business in the solar energy, architecture, and green buildings fields.
Cascadia Community College
2011 & 2012
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
2006 to 2012
Curriculum developer and passive solar design instructor for this professional certification program.
After-School Program Teacher
Stevens Elementary School
Teacher of Exploring Nature, a weekly after-school program for 2nd through 5th graders.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
Seattle, Washington
Leadership Team Member, Seattle Chapter, October 2003 to May 2005
Nonprofit organization promoting local, sustainable economies.
Solar Cookers International
Sacramento, California
Board of Directors, 1999 to 2001
Board President, 2000 to 2001
International nonprofit organization promoting solar cooking in Africa and other sun-rich, fuel-scarce regions of the world.
Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
Seattle, Washington
Member, 1999 to present
Puget Sound Chapter Steering Committee, 1999 to 2002
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
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
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 Christopher pioneered the use of electronic communication technologies to replace outdated, postal-based document delivery.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.


Solar Energy & Green Buildings
Solar angle & shading calculations, energy & heat flow analyses, window & shading system design, green building education & advising, PV array design & layout
Primarily PHP, HTML, Javascript, Canvas & MySQL, with prior experience in C, Perl, and many other computer languages
Computer and print design, original artwork, technical illustration, logo design, audio/video production, visual brand development
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; solid people management and fundraising skills
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.
Bicycling, cooking, French, eastern philosophy, pottery, Go, gardening, poetry, microscopy, Chinese calligraphy, guitar, Argentine tango