Energy Management

About Our Faculty

One of our strengths is that we have a collection of adjunct faculty with years of relevant field experience who teach for the Energy Management program. The students in the program have the chance to hear firsthand "real-world" information from instructors who have been in the trenches and are given the opportunity to participate in relevant applied field work.

Randy Sibley offers his expertise in the built environment with the experience that comes from owning a construction company that has been employing energy efficient/green contracting in projects.

Carol and Duane Lewellen come with more than 30 years of experience each in the energy management field; they remember and worked through the first energy crisis. They both worked for utility conservation programs in the past and continue to work with them, as well as private clients, who want HVAC and plumbing systems to be greener.

Tom Barr has worked on the architecture side, designing practical application machines for use in developing countries and designing buildings that meet stringent energy codes all over the world. He also co-founded a sustainable co-housing group/development.

Larry Price brings hands-on experience related to building systems and facilities maintenance/management as well as project management (building new energy efficient buildings) in large facilities, such as schools and government campuses.

Alison Pugh brings her passion for sustainable business as well as her experience as the Sustainability Researcher/Administrative Services Manager here at the college. She has managed programs, created activities, and chaired committees that revolve around preserving our world for the future.

David Butler rounds out our staff as a lighting expert, who has taught lighting, worked with manufacturers, and designed energy efficient lighting systems for both residential and commercial applications.

We pride ourselves in being on the cutting edge of the green economy, sharing our life/work experiences in the green jobs field, and helping to grow new, passionate workers excited about the field of energy efficiency.

Carol Lewellen: Energy Management Department Head, Instructor, and Internship Coordinator

BA in Communications, Washington State University
Certificate: English as A Second Language instructor
Owner Lewellen Associates: marketing/advertising/public relations, teaching and tutoring

Carol has previously worked as Energy Information Coordinator, Residential Supervisor, Tank Wrap Program Manager, College Home Energy Check program coordinator, an d auditor trainer — all for Snohomish County Public Utility District. She was the first Residential Conservation Specialist chosen to help start a demonstration program for residential auditing at Seattle City Light in 1978. While at City Light and PUD, she received extensive training and earned several other certificates in various aspects of residential conservation and program management. Carol was a para-educator for the Edmonds School District for 13 years, and she served as a Board Member for Edmonds CC's Women's Programs from 1987 to 2005.

Alison Pugh: Part-Time Instructor

BA in Art History, Mount Holyoke College, Cum Laude
MBA in Sustainable Business, Bainbridge Graduate Institute

Alison was one of the resident experts on sustainability at Edmonds Community College, developing green curriculum and programs as well as providing support operationally for the college to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and reduce the campus' overall impact on its ecosystem. Alison helped lead the way at Edmonds CC since 2005, when she and other faculty brought the importance of sustainability to the administration's attention. The college's philosophy statement shifted in 2006 to include sustainability, and the Sustainability Initiative was born.

The Sustainability Council guides the initiative's efforts, and Alison was integral to the council, providing leadership and support while serving as co-chair. Alison stepped in to fill a new role at the college as Sustainability Researcher, supporting the Workforce Development and Training office and the Sustainability Council's efforts. Alison led the development of the college's current energy management program, including convening the industry-led advisory committee, developing course sequencing within the degree and certificates to modularize "stackable" certificates leading to the degree, developing curriculum and online content, and led the department as director for six years.

Randy Sibley: Construction Industry Training (CIT) Department Head and Part-Time Instructor

BA in Philosophy and Art, Cornell College
MA Contemporary Analytic Philosophy, University of Wyoming
Certificate in Career and Technical Teaching from Central Washington State University
LEED AP, certified

In addition to teaching, Randy is manager and owner of CJR Associates, a company focused on commercial tenant improvement, residential remodeling, and home performance contracting. Randy has his LEED AP certification, Level One Buildings Specific Thermal/Infrared Thermography certificate, and is also an OSHA authorized OSHA 10 and 30 hour trainer.  He earned the Building Analyst Certification and Envelope Specialist Certification from the Building Performance Institute (BPI) in New York. Randy also holds instructor certifications in scaffold training and Duct Testing Training for the Washington state Energy Code, and has attended numerous trainings for energy auditing.

Tom Barr: Part-Time Instructor

Bachelor of University Studies, University of New Mexico
Master of Architecture, University of New Mexico
LEED AP, certified

In the 1970s, at the University of New Mexico, Tom worked on projects involving human-powered agricultural machines, wind energy, and solar-heated buildings. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador, he worked on solar crop dryers, solar water heaters, biogas digesters, wind-powered water pumps, and hydraulic ram pumps. Tom assisted teaching architectural design at the University of New Mexico for a period of time, and thereafter, for 20 years, Tom worked for architectural firms specializing in health care design.

He coordinated construction drawings for most aspects of institutional buildings, including building envelope, interior build-out, finishes, and mechanical, electrical, and construction administration. Concurrently, he collaborated as the design coordinator for Songaia Cohousing Community in Bothell, Wash. — small homes and common amenities in a village-like setting, supporting a low-impact, sustainable lifestyle. Tom has also taught in the zero energy tech program at Shoreline Community College.

Larry Price: Part-Time Instructor

BS in Forest Resource Management, West Virginia University, Cum Laude
MA and Certificate, Continuing and College Education, WWSU
Washington Executive Leadership Academy
MBA, Columbia College

Larry is an account executive in the Building Efficiency Division with Johnson Controls. Previously, he worked for Bellevue College, Everett Community College, and the Kent and Marysville School districts as their Facilities Director. He served 20 years as an engineering officer in the United States Marine Corps. He holds Building Operator Certificate Level I (BOC Level I), HAZWOPER, and is a certified project manager with the Department of the Navy.

David Butler: Part-Time Instructor

BA in English Literature, Seattle University
MA in Lighting & Scenery Design, University of Washington

David owns David Butler Design, a lighting design consulting firm that works with architects and interior designers for residential and commercial applications and lighting manufacturers. He also designs lighting for the theater and television. He has taught theater and lighting tech at both Seattle University and Southern Oregon College. He is Lighting-Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professions, and is a member of IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America).

Duane Lewellen: Part-Time Instructor

ATA in Energy Management, Edmonds Community College
BS in Business Management, City University
LEED AP, certified

Duane is principal of Rice Group, Inc., a mechanical engineering and energy consulting firm in Lynnwood. Duane has 30 years' experience in the Energy Management field. He has held the positions of Energy Specialist and Energy Utilization Engineer in Residential and Commercial Conservation at Snohomish County PUD. He is a Washington State Energy Code Special Plans Examiner and Inspector, Energy Code Circuit Rider for western Washington, and an instructor for BOC (Building Operators Certification) and the State Energy Code Instruction and Assistance program. He was Electric Motor Management program advisor for Washington State, and holds his LEED AP certification. Duane is a member of the International Code Council (ICC), and is a an ICC Certified Mechanical Plans Examiner and ICC Certified Energy Codes Plans Examiner.

Alex McEwen: Part-Time Instructor

Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology, Western Washington University
Pursuing master's degree in Engineering and Technology Management, Washington State University

Alex is an experienced instructor, teaching both face-to-face and in the online environment. He's currently managing about 70,000-square-feet of facilities at the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center (WATR) and the Employee Resource Center (ERC). Both of these facilities are managed by Edmonds Community College. He was appointed project manager for the WATR Center remodel and planned and directed the conversion of a 30,000-square-foot facility into a state of the art aerospace training facility. He actively incorporated many cutting edge energy efficiency technologies into this project.

Working closely with Snohomish County PUD, Edmonds Community College was awarded an $18,000 energy efficiency rebate for including energy efficiency measures in the conversion of the building. The project included integration of a 2kw wind turbine, motion sensors, high efficiency lighting and plans for an electric car charging station. He is currently managing phase two of the building remodel. Alex also in an instructor teaches at the WATR Center.