Interim Executive Director
Ann Edminster is a leading expert on green homes, assisting professionals in developing their capacity to create Net Positive projects. A principal developer of LEED for Homes, Ann also authored Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, a comprehensive guide for designers and builders seeking to create zero net energy homes.
Ann Edminster’s preoccupation with net-zero energy homes has been foreshadowed by a number of her life events:
- – 1966 (age 10) first manifested inborn passion for minimizing waste in all forms by volunteering at her town’s new recycling center
- – 1969 spent many hours cleaning birds stricken in the Santa Barbara oil spill, galvanizing lifelong dedication to environmental restoration
- – 1974 began formally studying buildings at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (B.S. Architecture, 1978)
- – 1977-78 lived in Florence, Italy, became ardent critic of North America’s resource-intensive and socially destructive development patterns
- – 1983-85 lived in Phoenix and experienced the worst of American development firsthand
- – 1987-93 founded and led small non-profit dedicated to ecological restoration
- – 1991 resolved to shift professional practice 100% to the nascent field of green building, completed that transition 1995 with M.Arch. degree from UC Berkeley
- – 1996-98 researched and wrote Efficient Wood Use in Residential Construction
- – 1999-2004 instrumental in development of LEED for Homes (steering committee, chair, co-chair)
- – 2005-2008 participated in LEED for Homes pilot implementation, worked on several net-zero homes
- – 2009 wrote and published Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet
- – 2010-2011 living, sleeping, breathing, teaching net-zero energy homes.
Shilpa is a social entrepreneur who has provided communications, strategic planning, and technology advisory services for global brands, start-ups, and Fortune Global 1000 companies. In 2008, Shilpa co-founded ZETA Communities, the first U.S. manufacturer of net-zero energy modular buildings. Shilpa served various roles in establishing the company’s operation and developed the ZETA brand as an internationally recognized industry pioneer in the space. ZETA built the first LEED Platinum live/work townhome that won the 2010 Green Builder Magazine Home of the Year award (and is currently net positive performance), 15 other NZE buildings, and dozens of other projects with a minimum EnergyStar standard.
Shilpa co-founded Alpha Group SF, an advisory firm specializing in market transformation for social entrepreneurships in sustainable development, energy, and cleantech. She has also served leadership positions with key organizations to drive adoption of energy efficiency in the building industry. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) appointed Shilpa to the Zero Net Energy Action Plan Champions initiative, leading the “Path to Zero” campaign to drive the awareness and education of the State of California’s plan to meet its 2020 and 2030 net zero energy mandates.
Prior to ZETA, Shilpa was a consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Sapient Corp., where she provided management consulting services to General Motors, Wells Fargo Bank, AAA, Nike, Verizon Wireless, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, among others.