Bloom 5

September 27th, 2012

Bloom! is Seattle’s Green TED – an evening of innovative speakers working in sustainability: social, environmental, and economic. We have eight speakers, drinks, and plenty of time for schmoozing. Bloom blooms a few times every year, so check back for info on the next event in 2013!

Videos of each speaker are up on our YouTube channel, BloomSeattleVideos. Check out this playlist of our speakers from Bloom 5 on Sept. 27th!

Do you have an interesting story at the intersection of local, sustainable, and innovation? Read here to learn more about what we’re looking for, and then we’d love to hear from you!

Carrie Ferrence

Carrie Ferrence, Co-Founder and Owner of Stockbox Grocers

Carrie Ferrence is co-founder of Stockbox Grocers, a small format grocery that provides fresh produce, meal solutions, and grocery staples to communities that don’t currently have access to good food. She originally hails from rural Pennsylvania and was raised by a 4th generation corner store owner. While rural life provided her with a strong foundation in social equity, hard work, and long hikes, Carrie discovered her true path by way of a diverse and meaningful career in international development, construction salvage, and education. Throughout this path, her commitment to civic engagement and social equity has translated to a passion for creating businesses that truly respond to a community’s needs. She combines this passion with more than 10 years experience in strategic planning and retail management for small business, as well as in outreach and advocacy for non-profits.

Lucy Norris

Lucy Norris, Director of Marketing, Northwest Agriculture Business Center

Leader of the Puget Sound Food Network, a project of the Northwest Agriculture Business Center, Lucy is responsible for operations, marketing strategy and account management connecting farm to market, building relationships, and continuing research pertinent to increasing the production, consumption, and distribution of quality, local food for all. Among other titles, she is the author of Pickled: Preserving a World of Tastes and Traditions (2003), a collection of stories and recipes that emerged from a three-year oral history project with the New York Food Museum. Lucy and her work have been featured in a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times, Food Network, NPR’s Morning Edition, The Splendid Table, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Saveur, Domino and more.

Jennifer Barnes

Jennifer Barnes, Co-Founder, Biomimicry Puget Sound

Jennifer is a deep green architect and sustainability advisor who believes that successful projects must be inspired by an insightful understanding of place. She runs her own design and consulting firm, 55-5 Consulting, and is a co-founder of Biomimicry Puget Sound. Jennifer's background in design and sustainability pairs well with her commitment to environmental advocacy, and these interests have generated BPS's current project, the Seattle Urban Greenprint. Recent recipient of a Bullitt Foundation grant, this project will document pre-development ecological function in the region, establish aspirational metrics, and propose design interventions to restore healthy ecological function in the urban core. In addition to keeping busy with project work, Jennifer is active in the Northwest green building community as a member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council Steering Committee and as a public speaker at numerous conferences and workshops. She received a BA in Architecture from Princeton University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington.

Riggs Kubiak

Riggs Kubiak, Co-Founder and CEO of

Riggs is co-founder and CEO of - the fastest growing real estate network connecting professionals to new business opportunities and information for over 700,000 buildings and counting. By connecting professionals to each other and providing transparent building information, is catalyzing transactions and accelerating demand for high-performance buildings worldwide.

Chris Bajuk

Chris Bajuk, Co-Founder & CEO, UrbanHarvest

Chris Bajuk is the Co-founder & CEO of UrbanHarvest, a hyperlocal urban farming startup based in Seattle. He earned both his MBA and M.S. in Real Estate degrees from the University of Washington and a BS in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy. Chris has worked previously in various capacities for the U.S. Navy, Cadman, McKinstry, and Wright Hotels. He serves on the Board of the Washington State Corporate Real Estate Network (CoreNet), and is a committee member for the NAIOP Developing Leaders and Urban Land Institute Young Leaders groups. Chris is passionate about urban agriculture and the smart utilization of land resources.

Stacy H. Smedley

Stacy H. Smedley, Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Sprout! Collective

Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington and 10 years in the architecture profession. She has spoken at universities, conferences and workshops on the importance of sustainability as an educational tool, and how buildings can fit into that model. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum Certified project in Washington, as well as the first project built to Living Building Version 2.0 standards: an elementary school science building in Seattle. As an Associate at KMD Architects, Stacy helped found the firm's internal Sustainability Steering Committee and currently serves as the Committee Membership Chair for the Seattle branch of the Cascadia Green Building Council, National Emerging Professionals Recruitment Chair for the United States Green Building Council, and a member of the UW Dept. of Architecture Professional Advisory Council. She also acts as an ongoing mentor for various elementary through high school sustainability programs and in May of 2012 was appointed a Living Building Hero by the International Living Future Institute.

Kevin Moore

Kevin Moore, Partner Pixel Lab and Bloom Seattle Co-Founder

As a software engineer, Kevin spends a lot of time troubleshooting buggy and broken computer systems. As a voter, he is fascinated by our buggy and broken voting system. Kevin will give a tour of the glaring and subtle issues in how we chose our leaders in a more sustainable fashion--from City Hall to the White House-- and discuss the proven alternatives we could be using in government and even our own organizations to truly honor what the people want.

Martin Tull

Martin Tull, Executive Director, Green Sports Alliance

As Executive Director, Martin manages the overall operations of the Green Sports Alliance. He oversees all environmental impact reduction strategies, strategic alliances and membership programs. Martin led the formation and growth of the Alliance from the founding six pro sports teams to nearly 100 teams and partners today. In addition to leadership roles at the Northwest Earth Institute and as a Director of Sustainable Technology, he previously served in senior leadership positions in the outdoor recreation industry and has been an elite rock climber and instructor for over 20 years. Martin serves as a volunteer on the Oregon Global Warming Commission Communication Committee and on the National Advisory Board of Climate Solutions. He was recently recognized as a 2011 Pivotal Leader, received the Portland Business Journal 40 under 40 award, and was awarded the 2012 Better Bricks Emerging Leader award.