Strategic Trailblazing

Our Impacts

We were so glad to have Sharon be a part of our team on the Library! at Bown Crossing.  Her knowledge was exemplary.  The project was one of the first LEED version 4 projects in our area, and it was the first time our team, both design and construction, had tackled a LEED project using the version 4 approach.  Because of this, there was a lot of learning curves that we worked through along the way, however with Sharon’s help we always felt that we were on the correct path.  Additionally, I appreciate her approach to focus on points that provide a return on investment to the owner, thus providing the best long-term strides towards sustainability for the building and its occupants.
-Anna Ellis, Project Manager/Partner, CM Company, Inc.
Sharon is thoughtful, engaging, and well-organized, and working with her is a pleasure.  Our work has been focused on working with cities to develop strategic approaches to conserving energy and reducing emissions.  She is a highly valuable member of our project team, and I would not hesitate to work with her again.
-Mark Frankel, Technical Director
LEED Fellow New Buildings Institute
The LEED Certification process is one that is very cumbersome, demands great record keeping and strives for excellence in design and construction.  Aspen Skiing Company is thankful to Sharon Patterson Grant for her leadership and help in achieving LEED Silver Certification for the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum, ID.  We might not have accomplished this without her help.
-Mark Vogele, Construction Manager, Aspen Skiing Company
Thornton Oliver Keller is the largest commercial real estate firm in Idaho.  We manage over 5.5 million square feet and complete hundreds of commercial sales and leases.  When TOK wanted their team to learn how to manage and lease LEED certified buildings as well as complete a pilot deep energy retrofit, we turned to Greensteps.  Suzie, Sharon and Ken bring the expertise, the relationships and the patience to ensure any organization can master the complex world of “sustainable” building development and management.  They were our coaches for the Kilowatt Crackdown Competition, and were helpful in guiding our buildings to achieve significant energy savings.
-Michael J. Ballantyne, CCIM, SIOR, Managing Partner, Thornton Oliver Keller
With Sharon's guidance, Cardona, a 48-unit apartment community we constructed in Chubbuck, Idaho, was the first multifamily project to achieve LEED platinum certification in the State of Idaho.  For the past decade, Sharon's counsel has been materially important to all of our multifamily developments constructed since then.  Further, when we decided to form a nonprofit tax-exempt organization focusing on affordable housing, Sharon was at the top of the list.  She thankfully said yes, and has been an extremely valuable board member of Northwest Integrity Housing Co.  Sharon has my highest and unqualified recommendation.
-Thomas C. Mannschreck, President, Thomas Development Co.

Strategic Energy Management for Oppenheimer Development Corporation, Thornton Oliver Keller and The Riverside Hotel in Idaho.  SEM for the cities of Boise, Tacoma, Missoula, Eugene, Providence and Grand Rapids.  SEM for the school districts in Idaho

Kilowatt Crackdown Competition for 47 commercial office buildings in Boise.  GreenSteps was selected as the exclusive coaching team for the Boise Kilowatt Crackdown, the premier commercial building energy competition sponsored by Idaho Power, BOMA and NEEA Better Bricks.  The goal was to help each of the buildings to use less energy and reduce operating costs.  The three “Energy Coaches” – Ken, Sharon and Suzie – provided guidance on benchmarking building energy use and developing energy saving initiatives for each building based on best practices learned over their combined decades of experience in energy efficiency.


LEED Consulting for the following clients:

LEED NC (New Construction) v4* – Micron, City of Boise Library! at Bown Crossing

LEED NC (New Construction) v3 – Limelight Hotel Ketchum, Veterans Administration Regional Office Building, McAlvain Construction, SERE Training Facility (two buildings), ADA Battalion

LEED CS (Core and Shell) – Banner Bank Building

LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) – Banner Bank Downtown branch, Cornerstone Design Studio, Boise City Hall West, Intermountain Gas, Silverdraft Studios

LEED for Homes (Low-Rise Multifamily) – The Gee, The Springs, 12th and River, Vineyard at Broadmore, The Grove, Ross Island, Ash Street Townhomes, Cardona, Rosslare, Summerhill, Bandon River, Valencia, Kinsale Place, Cottonwood Meadows and Las Brisas

LEED for Homes (Single Family) – Meadow Ranch, Old Cutters, Boise Public Schools and Habitat for Humanity

LEED ND – Meadow Ranch


Sustainability Program Development and TI Guidelines for Intermountain Medical Imaging, Oppenheimer Development Corporation and Thornton Oliver Keller.