Kathleen O’Brien


Founder, Special Projects Consultant


Certified Sustainable Building Advisor
LEED Accredited Professional

Concentrations & Specialties

Visioning, leadership development


Kathleen is a nationally recognized leader in the field of sustainability, having been in the field as a writer, educator, strategic planner, and project consultant for nearly 25 years. Kathleen is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, and earned her Masters at Antioch University in Environment and Community. Her book, The Northwest Green Home Primer (Timberpress) is her first full-length publication aimed at the layperson. Kathleen’s forte is to distill abstract concepts into meaningful ideas you can put into practice.


BetterBricks Award, “Advocate” (2011)
Antioch University Distinguished Alumna (2009)
Cascadia Region Green Building Council “Cascadia Fellow” a lifetime achievement award (2008)
Kitsap County Earth Day Award for Environmental Leadership (2007)
Sustainable Seattle’s Outstanding Leadership Award (2006)
Kitsap County YWCA Woman of Achievement (2001)

Legacy Projects

Kathleen has contributed significantly to the development of continuing education programs for professionals in the green building industry. While at O’Brien & Company she helped develop and spread the Sustainable Building Advisor program across the US and Canada.  Learn more about her legacy projects: