Kim Shinn is a registered professional mechanical engineer, a certified commissioning authority, a LEED Fellow and Accredited Professional with specialty in Building Design and Construction, and a Principal and Senior Sustainability Consultant at TLC. TLC is an engineering firm committed to sustainable design in mechanical, electrical, structural, communications, and technology systems engineering. Mr. Shinn is the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the United States Green
Building Council (USGBC), a former chair of the South East Region Council, and a former National Board Member of USGBC. Mr. Shinn has been involved in over 200 LEED certified projects, including academic, laboratory, commercial and industrial facilities, as well as helping to develop the LEED rating system for Health Care design and construction. He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (thesis on the Crosbyton Solar Power Project) and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics (cum laude) from Texas Tech University. The photo shows Mr. Shinn (at the top of the mast) helping to assemble a 30 kW vertical axis Darius wind turbine at Texas Tech in the spring of 1978. He has much less hair now, but remains shy about showing too much leg. Mr. Shinn co-teaches SU 6133 Renewable Energy Options and Design Applications.
James (Jamie) Qualk
James Qualk is vice president, team leader, and co-founder of the Sustainable Solutions Group of SSRCx, LLC. He is responsible for the management of operations and the direction of marketing and sales of sustainable consulting services. Mr. Qualk served on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council, Middle Tennesee chapter, and was its communications chair for two years. He also serces on various committees for the Tennessee Environmental Council (TEC) and acts as its liaison to the Tennessee Poulltion Prevention Roundtable in the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). He is a guest lecturer in the Civil Engineering department of Vanderbilt University and the Institute for Sustainable Practice.
Justin Southwick is a project manager at Wilmot, Inc. He leads resource efficiency and greenbuilding certification projects throughout the Southeast, including the first LEED for Homes renovation in the U.S. Previously, he led risk management, technology and Six Sigma quality projects at General Electric. While running a real estate investment firm, he learned first hand the challenges and necessity of sustainable development.
John Patrick retired in April 2010 as a program analyst for the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in Washington, D.C. During his federal career, he was also a special agent with the EPA OIG and a postal inspector with the U.S. Postal Service. He co-authored the February 2099 report from the OIG on EPA's mitigation and adaptation efforts to confront climate change and the February 2010 report on EPA's Toxic Substances Control Act program. He has spoke to state groups, national conferences, universities, faith communities and federal workshops concerning climate change and it's subsequest policy questions. John has completed his coursework in the doctoral program in Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University, focusing on environmental corporate management and sustainable farming methods. He received his Master's in Technology and Human Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He has also received an Executive Certificate from Georgetown University in Nonprofit Management and is a Certified Internal Auditor. John is currently a co-owner of Foggy Hollow (a small, organic vegetable farm) near Joelton, Tennessee. John lives in a LEED platinum home and is a board member of the Cumberland River Compact, which is a nonprofit working to maintain the health of the Cumberland River and its 14 watersheds. Mr. Patrick is a co-instructor for SU 6143, Sustainable Food Practice.
Andrea Cloninger Wilson
Marissa Bransford provides technology assistance for all ISP classes, and also guest lectures in SU 6013, Sustainable Society. Ms. Bransford is passionate about sustainable food systems.
Ms. Bransford holds a B.S. in psychology and accounting from Belmont University, a M.S. in sustainable practice from Lipscomb University and a certification to teach Principles of Permaculture. As a Nashville native, Ms. Bransford is a mother of four and sees sustainability education as a way to increase the quality of life for future generations