Strategic Trailblazing

Meet the Partners

Established in 2008, the Open Spaces NW (previously GreenSteps) team consists of energy efficiency thought leader Ken Baker; interior designer, Suzie Hall; and green building expert, Sharon Patterson Grant.  All three are LEED accredited professionals, award-winning advocates, skilled facilitators, experienced entrepreneurs and strategic thinkers. Meet the Open Spaces NW partners:

Ken Baker, LEED AP — Technical Thought Leader

Author and energy efficiency advocate since 1978.  Past Chair of the Governor’s Idaho Strategic Energy Alliance Task Force for Energy Efficiency and Conservation. Owner of K energy consulting.

Ken was the Principal Energy Specialist for the State of Idaho for 15 years and has been consulting as K energy since 2001. From 2013 to early 2018 Ken enjoyed his role as Senior Manager, Codes & Standards for the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. Previously Ken worked with the (NEEA) BetterBricks program as an educator and training coordinator for the commercial building energy efficiency sector. He is a nationally known energy code advocate and expert and enjoys developing curricula that makes energy codes more usable and effective.

Ken led the Office of Energy Resources in development of the 18 million-dollar Idaho K-12 Efficiency Project and co-administered the project with OER staff. He is a co-founder and advisory board member of the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab.

His 1982 Master of Architecture degree from the University of Idaho focused on energy and resource-efficient construction techniques and the use of local-based materials to create vernacular and sustainable buildings. He is an experienced educator, facilitator, mediator and writer. 

Suzie Hall, LEED AP ID+C, ASID — Director of Design

Suzie Hall, ASID, LEED AP ID+C, is highly regarded as a mastermind expert in the field of interior design, and is one of the most sought-after designers and consultants in the Pacific Northwest.  An award-winning commercial interior designer dedicated to creating healthy and high-performance buildings and spaces for over 28 years, and LEED Project Administrator for the first two LEED-CI Gold certified projects in the state of Idaho.  Has served on or led the design teams for 15 LEED certified or registered projects, along with numerous other sustainable  Better Bricks Emerging Leader Award winner in 2008.  She is Founder and President of Cornerstone Design, a firm that specializes in healthy and high performance interior environments.

Ms. Hall is that unique blend of a creative visionary and left-brained facilitator.  Those who work with her describe her as results-oriented, innovative, and a strategic thinker.  Passionate, intuitive and communicative, Ms. Hall brings a powerful combination of skills to each relationship and project she undertakes. Her portfolio spans the corporate, hospitality, luxury residential, and multi-family markets.

Ms. Hall currently serves on the Boards of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Advisory Council, the St. Alphonsus Foundation and the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team. She is a recent Past Chapter President of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Idaho and was a multi-term Board member of the Idaho Chapter of the US Green Building Council.

Sharon Patterson Grant, LEED AP Homes and BD+C, CSBA — LEED Wrangler

Consultant on over 95 LEED projects, including LEED v4.  Strategic planning and facilitation for multiple organizations and communities. Extensive work with energy codes. Degrees in business and ecological design.  Education provider for the Idaho Real Estate Commission. Published author and frequent speaker.

Sharon has been providing green building consulting and education since 2006. She has worked with the largest property managers in Idaho to reduce energy usage through strategic energy management (SEM). She has since expanded her work on SEM to communities and school districts, and has worked with Boise, Tacoma, Missoula, Eugene, Providence and Grand Rapids as well as being tasked with developing a “how to” guide for small to medium size cities to adopt a strategic approach to saving energy and lowering emissions. (link to Community SEM Implementation Guide)

Her extensive experience with LEED led to developing and teaching multiple LEED workshops. She has also taught at BSU and Maui Community College and presented at dozens of local, regional and national events including the National Energy Codes Conference, EEBA, National Healthy Homes Conference, Region 10 EPA Conference and the Idaho Energy and Green Building Conference.  She launched the “Building a Greener Idaho” show on Radio Boise and has published several articles on green building, which can be found on the News! page.

Her work received Grow Smart Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and a Better Bricks Award in 2010. Her leadership positions have included USGBC Idaho Chapter Board (Chair), GreenWorks Idaho Board, Northwest Integrity Housing Board (VP) and Idaho Smart Growth Board.