Seattle Growth Podcast 6.7: Building homes and building community

A collection of homes is often called a community.

Episode 6.7 of the Seattle Growth Podcast looks at a specialized community among the builders of those homes, and an example of the community building that happens through volunteering.

Laura Elfline, co-owner of Mighty House Construction and Mighty Energy Solutions, shares how a network of home builders is coming together to share information about sustainable practices through the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild. Elfline also offers lessons in and benefits of constructing a community, as well as some enlightening facts about the environmental impact of home-building materials and offers some effective green alternatives: Wool as insulation? Cork for flooring?

And Gabrielle Gerhard shares her motivation for volunteering in her community and discusses how to find and plug into the community that is right for you, while highlighting some exciting events happening in one of her own favorite communities through the Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE).

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The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Marketing at the UW Foster School of Business.

Shulman is also the producer of On the Brink, the acclaimed documentary of history, hope and determination to save Seattle’s vanishing Central District. You can view the film at upcoming screenings August 15 at the Neptune Theater, September 21 in Los Angeles’ Leimert Park, and October 19 at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).