Stacy H Smedley


CEO, The SEED Collaborative

Director of Sustainability, Skanska USA Building

Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, and 10 years in the architecture and construction professions. Her resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington State as well as the first project in the world to be certified under Living Building Version 2.0 standards, the Bertschi School Living Science Building in Seattle. At Skanska, Stacy is the Director of Sustainability, focusing on creating sustainable initiatives and opportunities office wide.  She is also the co-founder and CEO of the SEED Collaborative, a non-profit committed to creating environmentally restorative learning spaces that educate and inspire children to be the next generation of environmental stewards, based largely on her experience managing the Bertschi School living building and witnessing the transformational impact it had on its students. Stacy is committed to educating and engaging children and her community on sustainable design and serves in various volunteer and mentorship roles. Current roles include Membership for the Seattle Branch of Cascadia Green Building Council, Regional Emerging Professionals Recruitment Chair for USGBC, Sustainable Design and Curriculum Consultant to Northshore School District’s Sustainable Engineering and Design Lab, and 2013 Scholar in Residence for the National Association of Independent Schools Summit on the Environment. She also volunteers at various K-12 public and private schools, offering sustainable design workshops that engage students to think creatively and apply Living Building Challenge principles to design spaces that they would like to learn in and from.


  • Washington Business Leaders for Climate Action
  • Seattle Branch Steering Committee- Cascadia Green Building Council
  • Regional Emerging Professional Recruitment Chair - USGBC
  • Professional Mentor/Advisor - Sustainable Engineering and Design Lab, Northshore School District
  • Professional Coach - Sustainable Ambassadors, Sustainable Systems College Leadership Program
  • Scholar in Residence 2012 National Association of Independent Schools Summit on the Environment, 
  • 2012 Living Building Hero. 


  • Association for Learning Environments Alaska Annual Conference Keynote,12/15 (Anchorage)
  • Mohawk Carpet Sustainability Summit Speaker, “Sustainable Education Every Day”, 09/15 (Pittsburgh)
  • Biznow Panelist, “Seattle’s Green Building Revolution”, 08/15 (Seattle)
  • Living Future UnConference, “Living Education: Being the Challenge”, 04/15 (Seattle)
  • Mercer Island High School Guest Speaker, "What if...?", 11/14 (Seattle)
  • USGBC GreenBuild 2014, "Living Education: Living Building Challenge Schools as Educational Tool", 10/14 (New Orleans)
  • International Facility Management Association, "What if All Buildings Were Living?", 07/14 (Evansville, IN)
  • Sustainability Ambassadors StarTalks, "Sustainable Education Every Day", 05/14 (Seattle)
  • SxSWedu, "Getting Students Out of the Box to Redesign It", 02/14 (Austin)
  • North Sound Youth Earth Summit, "Sustainable Education Every Day", 12/13 (Snohomish)
  • WSSDA Annual Conference, "Living Buildings, Systems Based Learning", 11/13 (Seattle)
  • Deerfield Academy All School Assembly Web Presentation, "What if Every Building Was Living?" 10/13
  • USGBC Center for Green Schools Webinar Series, "Sustainable Schools as a Teaching Tool," 09/13
  • NAIS Summit on the Environment, Scholar in Residence, June 2013 (The Hotchkiss School, CT)
  • University of Washington Guest Lecturer, Construction Management Professional Practice Course, “Sustainability in the Construction Industry,” June 2013
  • Skanska Earth Week Lunch and Learn, “The Living Building Challenge, A Case Study”, April 2013
  • Green Building Alliance Inspire Speaker Series, "Pushing The Limits" Jan 2013 (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Storming the Sound North, “SEED – Sustainable Education Every Day,” Jan 2013 (Padilla Bay, WA)
  • Bainbridge Graduate Institute, March 2013 (Bainbridge Island, WA)
  • Youth Earth Summit 2012, “Envisioning Green Schools”, Dec 2012 (Snohomish, Washington)
  •  Greenbuild, Panelist – ILFI Living Building Challenge Materials Forum, Nov 2012 (San Francisco, CA)
  •  Architecture for Humanity - Design Like you Give a Damn Open Mic, 3rd Place Presentation for “Create.Educate.Inspire”, Nov 2012 (San Francisco, CA)
  •  Bloom 5 – Innovations in Sustainability, Presenter on the SEEDclassroom, Oct 2012 (Seattle, WA)
  •  International Sustainability Conference, Aug 2012 (Basel, Switzerland) (Selected, did not attend)
  • Living Future UnConference, May 2012 (Portland, OR)
  • Catholic University School of Architecture April 2012 (Washington, DC)
  • NBIS High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition of US Congress, April 2012 (Washington, DC)
  • NBOA/NAIS National Town Hall, February 2012 (Seattle, WA) Key Note Address
  • NBOA/NAIS Annual Conference, February 2012 (Seattle, WA)
  • Living Future UnConference, April 2011 (Vancouver, BC)
  • Seattle LEED User Group, 2009-2011 (SLUG, Seattle, WA)
  • East Side LEED User Group, 2009-2011 (ELUG, Bellevue, WA)
  • University of Montana, Nov 2010 (Missoula, MT)
  • Great City, Oct 2010 (Seattle, WA)
  • Living Future UnConference, May 2010 (Seattle, WA)
  • Northwest Ecobuilding Guild Annual Conference, Oct 2009 (Seattle, WA)


Professional Mentor/Advisor:
-Sustainable Engineering and Design Lab, Northshore School District, 2011-present
-Sustainability Ambassadors Professional Coach, Puget Sound, 2012-present

Student Living Building Challenge/SEEDclassroom Design Workshops:

  • Fernwood Elementary School (Seattle, WA)
  • The Evergreen School (Shoreline, WA)
  • McClure Middle School (Seattle, WA),
  • Tacoma Science and Math Institute (Tacoma, WA),
  • Seattle Girls School (Seattle, WA),
  • Villa Academy (Seattle, WA),
  • School (Pittsburgh, PA)