Sustainable Suburban Design Competition || Keene, NH

Two Competitions: Sustainable Home Renovation & Suburban Backyard Homestead

About Us


Project Visionary || Catherine Skove 
Catherine is an explorer, enthusiast, and supporter of green living and sustainability. She has also been actively involved in fostering both creativity and community through her non-profit work at a Keene area performing arts center, after school program, and agriculturally based affordable housing co-operative.

Project Manager || Lily Jacobson 
Lily is an ecological planner and designer, permaculturist, and sustainability educator. She has been involved in ecological design, sustainability education, natural building, and food growing projects in New England, California, Alaska, Ireland, and the U.K., at an ecovillage in Oregon, at the Pine Ridge Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Lily studied ecological planning and design at the Conway School of Landscape Design in Conway, Massachusetts.

The Sustainability Project || Gilsum, New Hampshire 
The Sustainability Project is a local organization dedicated to outreach and education about sustainable living. Some of their focuses include permaculture, watershed protection, and community housing issues. Learn more here.



Suburban Backyard Homestead Design Competition

Dave Jacke
Dave has been a student of ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own ecological design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, and a meticulous designer. He has consulted on, designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas, but mainly in the Northeast. A cofounder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years. Dave is the author, along with Eric Toensmeier, of the Edible Forest Gardens books. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984).

Jono Neiger
Jono  has twenty years of experience in conservation, restoration, land stewardship, permaculture and landscape design.  He synthesizes his diverse expertise to create productive and integrated landscapes. Working as collaborator, teacher, and guide, Jono empowers individuals, communities and organizations to understand and steward their land and landscape through design. He is principal at Regenerative Design Group, faculty at the Conway School of Landscape Design, board president of the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast (PINE), and stewards his homestead, Hickory Garden, as well as Brook’s Bend Farm in Massachusetts.

Sustainable Home Renovation Design Competition

Bruce Coldham
Bruce runs an architectural practice in Amherst, MA, Coldham&Hartman Architects, that is dedicated to producing high performing green buildings. He has been a leader in establishing cohousing as a viable option in the northeastern U.S. He has been an active member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association since 1984, he has been the chair of its Board of Directors for three years, and has been chair of the Association’s influential Building Energy Conference three times. Bruce was an active member of Governor Deval Patrick’s Zero Net Energy Building Task Force and continues as a member of the Massachusetts Zero Net energy Building Advisory Council. In 2010 he was elected to the AIA College of Fellows. Bruce holds an M.E.D. (Master of Environmental Design) from the Yale School of Architecture and a B.Arch. from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Kim Erslev
Kim is both a practicing architect and a landscape architect with her own firm, Salmon Falls Ecological Design, based in Shelburne Falls. She has taught at the Conway School of Landscape Design since 2006. She has more than twenty years of experience with sustainable landscape and architectural design. Kim’s professional work is dedicated to creating designs that connect humans with the inherent power and beauty of natural systems. She has worked with several design firms on a diversity of projects including: the design of the Micmac Heritage Center in Northern Canada, the Jerusalem Science Museum, the Eric Carle Museum, and the design of a new town destroyed by a volcanic mudslide in Colombia. Her current design practice focuses on the design of super-insulated passive solar homes, ecological landscapes, co-housing communities, and a green cemetery. Kim holds a M.L.A. from the University of Massachusetts (1996), a M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania (1987), and a B.A. from Wesleyan University (1979).


For any questions about the project, please contact our Project Manager at designcompetitionkeene <at>


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