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Griffin Hagle

Griffin Hagle has been involved in weatherization and home performance since 2006, most recently as a field trainer and utility program consultant for Richard Heath & Associates. He previously conducted hundreds of energy audits for SolarCity, and trained auditors throughout Oregon and Southern California. Griffin lived for years in San Diego, California, but recently moved to Barrow, Alaska, where he works for the local housing authority and owns what is probably the northernmost blower door in North America.

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Griffin was the recipient of the 2015 Habitat X Fellowship. Read his articles Performance in Paradise and The End of Malaise in the Habitat X Journal.

Habitat X Fellows Griffin Hagle, Michelle Nochisaki, and Ed Matos are the founders of the Brighter Energy Collective.

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John Dendy

John Dendy is a year-round associate with Habitat X Technical Services. He has built a successful career among gas and electric utilities that makes him well suited to understand and lead the building performance field. With training as a chemical engineer and energy specialist, he has lead successful teams focused on industrial safety, human resource development, and demand-side management. He was most recently a regional program lead for DNV-GL, managing consumer energy audits and direct installations for Northwestern Energy. John is also the leader of the band Cottonwood Club, based in Helena, Montana.

Read the Deemed Savings Manual co-authored by John for the State of Wisconsin PSC. Or read John’s article on utility programs in the 2015 Habitat X Journal.

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Chris Dorsi

Chris Dorsi is the founder of Habitat X. He’s spent the last 40 years developing best practices for the housing industry, writing and publishing respected books and technical curricula, running a successful construction company, and working as a real estate developer.

Chris is the co-author of Residential Energy: Cost Savings and Comfort for Existing Buildings, the Homeowner’s Handbook to Energy Efficiency, and other respected titles on sustainable design and construction. Chris’ upcoming book, Human Habitat, is due on the shelves in 2017, and reports from the intersection of housing, culture, and environment.

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Chris divides his time between Helena, Montana and Madrid, Spain. His avocations include all manner of outdoor activities, having traveled under human power down most of the rivers and trails of the American West.

Chris is available for events at your site, whether to deliver keynote speeches, manage technical training, or to support corporate communication projects.

View or download Chris’ CV in English or Spanish.

See a few of Chris’ publications at Amazon.com.

See how Chris’ publications are used by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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J West

J West serves as a part-time staff member for the Habitat X conferences, and is the Principal at High Performance Human Habitats Training & Consulting in Chicago.

J has earned a reputation for bringing together high-tech training tools and effective training skills. He has trained hundreds of instructors, energy auditors, quality control inspectors, and crew members from around North America, and has been involved at Federal, state, and local levels delivering building performance training, developing curriculum, performing building research, and facilitating working groups.

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J is the co-creator of the bilingual weatherization training series  Carlito’s New Adventures in Weatherization.

Read J’s articles in the 2014 Habitat X Journal.

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Joe Medosch

Joe Medosch operates the consultancy Energy & Environmental Consulting LLC. He’s a training consultant to Retrotec Incorporated, and a part-time staff member for Habitat X.

Joe is a technical wizard across much of the home performance field, and a talented trainer as well. He developed the Energy Management curriculum for Technical College System of Georgia, he’s a former energy manager for University of Georgia at Tifton, and he’s an Energy Management Instructor at Moultrie Technical College. Joe lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Joe holds the distinction of having designed his own slightly cryptic typeface, hand-grinding the characters of an old Underwood manual typewriter. Read Joe’s article in the 2014 Habitat X Journal.

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Amy Sheppard

Amy Sheppard is the operations manager for the Habitat X conferences. She lives in Helena, Montana and Madrid, Spain. Amy has managed people and events for the last twenty-five years, working with organizations as diverse as science centers, art museums, guest ranches, and eco-tourism companies. Her work venues include Denali National Park, Hudson Bay, Colombia Ice Fields, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, Paris, Prague, Monte Carlo, and the Danube, Rhone, and Seine Rivers.

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When you attend a Habitat X Conference, it’s Amy who’ll assure that your registration is handled smoothly, the event runs on time, the meeting space is set up properly, the printed materials are impeccable, and the food is very, very good.

Amy is the co-author of the acclaimed cookbooks New West Cuisine: Fresh Recipes from the Rocky Mountains, and Sweet Treats from the Wild West.

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