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Who We Are

Build It Green (BIG) is a nonprofit organization comprised of thought leaders and building industry veterans who share a vision for better buildings and a diligence for getting results. Our pioneering work is transforming how homes are built and renovated in California and beyond.

Our mission is to create a world of healthy and sustainable homes for all people.

Our vision is for all people to thrive in homes that enhance our well-being, protect our environment, and ensure a stable, prosperous future for our children.

How We Work

We are driven by the recognition that housing is foundational to our health and safety—and to our clean energy future.

We are passionate about bringing innovation to market, and inspired to support consumers, professionals, private companies, and public agencies.

What We Focus On

To achieve the greatest impact, we focus on three goals:
  1. Driving deep reductions in carbon emissions by connecting more homes to clean power and advanced energy technologies
  2. Creating a real estate market that recognizes the value of these homes
  3. Ensuring that these benefits are accessible and affordable to all communities, including low-income communities

Why Our Work Matters

Climate change threatens our safety and prosperity. We must change the way we design, build, and upgrade our homes to decrease carbon emissions dramatically. In doing so, we'll also create economic opportunity and make homes more affordable and healthy, especially for vulnerable populations.

Our Approach

Programs and strategies to transform the green building industry are constantly changing, but the way BIG approaches its work does not. Our core values guide our work as a mission-driven nonprofit and a trusted industry leader.

Integrity

We do the right thing for people and the planet. As a trusted partner, we communicate with honesty and transparency.

Collaboration

We bring people and organizations together to build relationships that drive innovation and impact.

Dedication

We readily tackle big challenges, applying technical expertise and pragmatic solutions.

Impact

We make a measurable difference, delivering results for our clients, our professional network—and our environment.

Respect

We conduct ourselves with respect toward each other, our clients & customers, our workspace, and our environment.

Board of Directors

Karen Kho

Karen Kho

Board President

Senior Program Manager,
StopWaste

John Crowley

John Crowley

Secretary

Vice President, Research & Development,
Rollease-Acmeda

Mimi Frusha

Mimi Frusha

Treasurer

Chief Operating Officer,
Higg Co

Rob Larson

Rob Larson

Member

Chief Information Officer,
CRMLS

Ray Boyle

Ray Boyle

Member

Inclusive Innovation Specialist,
Future Cities, UNDP

Phil Williams

Phil Williams

Member

Leadership Team Member,
Google/DevCo