U S Green Building Council

2009 Chapter Board of Directors




President:  Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn is an architect and sustainable building consultant and leader within the sustainable design community. His firm, EcoDEEP, practices with an acute focus on sustainable design through their own architectural projects as well and providing systems thinking, carbon reduction and gap analysis, policy and LEED documentation planning and management for architects, builders, developers, corporations and municipal governments.

Kevin’s work reflects his beliefs and values that environmental betterment must be creatively paired with economic viability. Kevin writes and speaks nationally about sustainable design and serves as President on the USGBC Mississippi Headwaters Chapter Board of Directors and is a Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Carleton College. An avid treehugger, outdoorsman, runner, reader and traveler, you are more likely to get him to go out for a run than to have lunch unless you’re willing to talk about books and your last trip to Italy or the BWCA. Kevin has a wife and three children who still like him mostly, in spite of the fact that he forces them on long marches through the woods or spending a week in a canoe from time to time.



Vice President:  Rick Carter

Rick Carter, AIA, LEED-AP, is the Senior Vice President in LHB’s Minneapolis office where his primary responsibilities include business development, project leadership, and sustainable design on major projects. He has twenty-one years of experience with LHB and five years with a Washington, D.C. architecture firm and he specializes in sustainable design.

Rick works extensively on issues of sustainable design by promoting improved indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and resource efficiency. Rick co-founded LHB's Green Team in 1992, a multi-discipline team dedicated to incorporating sustainable design techniques into all projects. He helped develop the Hennepin County/Minnesota Sustainable Design Guidelines and currently manages the Buildings, Benchmarks and Beyond (B3) Project including execution of sustainable guidelines for the State of Minnesota.

He is active on the National AIA Minnesota Committee on the Environment. Rick is an adjunct faculty member and teaches a graduate-level sustainable design course at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design in the Master of Science in Sustainable Design Program. Rick was recently appointed to the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group and is a co-chair for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Mayor’s Green Manufacturing Initiative.


Treasurer: Lisa Britton
Alpar Architectural Products

Lisa has held management and executive positions for building products manufacturers, serving in roles including marketing, strategic planning, product development, sales and operations. Throughout this time, she has led her companies’ efforts to develop more sustainable products and practices. Her firm belief that environmental and social responsibility must be core to business strategy, along with her sense of duty to eliminate toxins from building products, led her to found Alpar Architectural Products. Alpar will soon manufacture products from recycled and rapidly renewable materials, including a bio-based alternative to PVC.

In addition to her work with the USGBC, she is a past chair of the Construction Specifications Institute’s national Certification Committee and has served in several board positions for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of the CSI and is currently President. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a Masters’ of International Management with a focus in operations management from the University of St. Thomas. Lisa is a LEED Accredited Professional and a Certified Construction Product Representative. Her favorite pastime is hiking with her husband and any combination of her two children and two bonus children near the River and in the many local parks.  


Secretary:  Heather Gay
Kandiyohi Development Partners

Heather Gay is a LEED Accredited Professional and an Associate responsible for the sustainability consulting at Kandiyohi. She recently took on a part time position at Dunwoody College of Technology, where she developed and taught the first introduction to sustainability course for the night college. She is currently helping Dunwoody’s architectural drafting and construction supervision programs incorporate green building theory and practice into their curriculum.

Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and a minor in Urban Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Heather is the former co-chair of the local Emerging Green Builders committee. Heather also sits on the USGBC’s National Educational Steering Committee. She is co-chair and one of the founding members of Historic Green, a new volunteer organization that hosts a multiple week preservation and recovery effort in the Holy Cross neighborhood in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Heather and her husband Michael have an adopted dog, Polar Bear, and a cat, Banjo.


Immediate Past President:  Jim Keller
Gausman & Moore Associates, Inc.




Terry Brickman
PCL Construction Services, Inc.

Terry Brickman is a Senior Project Manager for PCL Construction Services, Inc. in their Minnesota District Office. Terry has over 21 years of construction experience ranging from Field Engineer, Estimator to Senior Project Manager responsible for the overall management of projects up to $50 million in both Canada and the United States. Terry is a LEED Accredited Professional after becoming sensitive to environmental issues as a result of growing up adjacent to the Great Lakes in Canada.

Terry initiated the Green movement at PCL that began by providing educational seminars to other offices outlining the requirements for LEED on a construction project. Since achieving LEED AP, Terry has worked on various large commercial projects up to $150MM that have been seeking a LEED rating. Terry is the Minneapolis District LEED Champion and was appointed to serve on a committee that advises the Company President on environmental issues and the Green movement. Terry received his Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Building Science from Ryerson University.


Jonee Kulman Brigham
Center for Sustainable Building Research
University of Minnesota

Jonee is a Research Coordinator and Adjunct Teaching Instructor at the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota, College of Design. She serves as Co-Principal Investigator for the B3 State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines and the Midwest Green Building Case Study Project, funded by USGBC. She also works on residential green remodeling guidelines, sustainable post occupancy evaluations, materials life cycle analysis, and represents the Center as a board member of the Mississippi Headwaters Chapter of the US Green Building Council and a board liaison to the chapter’s Networking Committee.

At the College of Design, she serves on committees for the technology curriculum and the development of the Masters of Science in Architecture - Sustainable Design Track. Before coming to the University, she worked at several sustainable consulting and design firms including ten years as an energy and environmental analyst at The Weidt Group where she worked on both research and energy design assistance consulting. While a practicing architect in schools and restaurants at Cuningham Group Architects, PA, she provided leadership for the Environmental Resources Group. As a Senior Project Manager at Intep, LLC, her responsibilities ranged from marketing to sustainable analysis.

Based on her experience as both a consultant and architect, she co-authored Sustainable Design, a 100-page primer for architects, published in 2001 by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards. She has also served on the AIA Minnesota Housing Advocacy Committee (formerly Search for Shelter Committee,) and the AIA Minnesota Committee on the Environment


J. Drake Hamilton
Fresh Energy

Fresh Energy is a private nonprofit organization working to lead the transition to a clean, efficient energy system, one that will support healthy economies, healthy people, and a healthy environment. Hamilton directs Fresh Energy’s global warming solutions program; her responsibilities include scientific analysis, policy development, and outreach on clean energy solutions that will maximize economic opportunities for the Midwest.

Hamilton serves on the board of the United States Climate Action Network. She was appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty to serve on the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group; that group recommended to the Minnesota Legislature a set of policy initiatives that if fully implemented would allow the state to meet its 2025 goal of 30 percent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. She leads Fresh Energy’s global warming solutions program.

Hamilton holds degrees in geography and environmental studies from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Fresh Energy in 1995, Hamilton was assistant professor of geography and regional studies at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has also worked as a water quality planner for the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities. In 2005, she received a young leaders award from the European Union, to study climate change policies in the E.U. In 2008, she was named by Mpls-St.Paul magazine as one of 100 influential Twin Citians “who make things happen.” She gives more than 100 invited presentations every year to business groups and civic organizations.



Laura Millberg
Laura Millberg is a Green Building Specialist and LEED Accredited Professional with the Sustainable Development Unit of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. She works to mainstream green building in Minnesota through education and outreach, policy development, partnerships, and institutional capacity building with public, private and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Millberg was a founding Education Committee Chair for the Chapter, and currently is serving her second term on the Board of Directors. She has a degree in economics and political science from Grinnell College, and an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management. Ms. Millberg began her career as a research analyst in the Minnesota Office of Senate Counsel and Research, where she specialized in education finance and economic development policy. She also has worked in private sector marketing and product development.



Daniel Osterman

Dan has been active in the construction industry since 1968 in many different sectors (suppliers, subcontractors and general contractors) and has been involved in estimating and preconstruction since 1984. He has been involved in green building since 2001, and became the first LEED AP in 2002 for a major construction company based in Arizona. Dan developed a Sustainable Construction Strategic Plan for this company with many of the action items completed, and he was also instrumental in assisting 35-40 employees becoming LEED AP’s. He has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, and was also an adjunct faculty member in the Construction Management Program at Arizona State University.

Dan’s past activities in the green building arena were Membership Chair of the Mississippi Headwaters Chapter, founding member and Chair of the USGBC Arizona Chapter, reviewer for “Contractors Guide to Green Building Construction” book, member of the Scottsdale Green Building Committee, and Liaison between ASPE (American Society of Professional Estimators) and USGBC. Currently he serves as a member of the national DBIA Sustainability Committee, and committee & faculty member of CSI’s Product Representative Academy.


Jennifer Chaput, AICP, LEED AP
Great River Energy

Ms. Chaput is a Member Outreach Coordinator with Great River Energy in Maple Grove, Minnesota. She is in charge of running the building tour program for their platinum LEED certified corporate headquarters as well as educating the public about energy conservation.Over the past ten years, Jennifer has worked in public, private and non-profit urban planning positions within the Minneapolis-St.Paul metropolitan area.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of City Planning from the University of Manitoba’s School of Architecture in Canada. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Ms. Chaput also serves as a Director on the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association Board and the Mississippi Headwaters Chapter of the U.S.Green Building Council.


Chapter By-Laws

As the built environment fundamentally impacts peoples' lives and our planet's health, our mission is to positively transform the building processes, building industry and communities of our region, by drawing upon the experience of stakeholders in the built environment.  In support of this, we will:

Promote the design, construction and operation of buildings and communities that are healthy places to live and work, environmentally responsible, and economically viable on a lifecycle basis.

Serve our members and communities by promoting best practices in design and technology usage, advocating green building policies, and facilitating information exchange and education.

Encourage the widespread acceptance and use of the LEED® Green Building Rating System (TM) and other complementary tools and standards.

Our vision is to achieve a sustainable built environment, including green buildings and healthy communities in the upper Midwest.

We will serve as a respected and visible catalyst for change in the region for green building practices, technologies, policies and standards.

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