We are proud to announce the newest addition to our Seattle team, Chris Lombardo! Chris has a background in sustainable design and project management, including experience with a variety of third-party certifications including Living Building Challenge, Built Green, Passive House, LEED, and Washington State Energy Codes.

Get to know Chris Lombardo better through this Q&A.

Tell us about your background and what led you to Paladino.

I started my career in sustainable design at Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, GA, and after a year at the LEED Providership I moved to Seattle, WA and began working with a prefab builder on an off-grid cabin design. In Seattle I’ve gained exposure to local green building programs and have participated in the integrative design process from multiple perspectives. Paladino has been on my radar since my fellowship at Southface, and I’m excited to learn and grow within my role.

Where do you find inspiration in your work?

I’m inspired by nature. I was always outside when I was little, and I developed a great appreciation for the natural environment. When I graduated college, I realized that I needed to find tangible ways to positively impact the planet and protect the places that I enjoyed as a child.


What direction do you think green building is headed? Where do you see the industry in ten years?

I see a need for infrastructural alternations in major cities to move towards mass transit-orientation, as well as a departure from traditional building materials (i.e. steel and concrete) in favor of eco-friendly, post-consumer recycled materials.

What role does sustainability play in your life outside work? What does it mean to you?

I bring my own grocery bag to the store, and carpool with friends when we go for a hike. I also share industry knowledge about green building with my friends and family, so they can see how to make positive impacts at home and at work. Our workplace knowledge is nothing if we don’t take the time to share.

What is one positive impact you feel sustainability will support in the world?

Education is essential – the more we can learn about current/past infrastructure and energy use the more it will inform the decisions of future generations. Early-childhood engagement and education will foster environmentally conscious decisions for the future.  Programs like Washington Green Schools are doing great work on this front.

What do you do in your leisure time?

I enjoy watching soccer, hiking, and cooking with my friends.

What are three things you can’t live without?

English Premier League, coffee, and sunshine.

What are you most proud of?

I’m so proud of my little sister, Clare! She’s a reporter for NPR and I always get chills when I hear her on the radio. Check her out next time you’re listening to Morning Addition or Fresh Air!


Is there anything else that you’d like to know about Chris? Ask away in the comments section below!

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