Circuit Member Profile: Pacific Green Development
Your house probably doesn’t sequester much carbon (unless you live in a log cabin). But what if you could build with a material that was sustainably sourced, nontoxic, reduced your energy usage, and actually stored carbon rather than releasing it? Andy Kim, founder of Pacific Green Development and a member of the PSU Social Innovation Incubator Circuit Program, is working to bring this material to the Pacific Northwest.
Hempcrete, a mixture of industrial hemp and lime, is increasingly being used in green building projects around the world, but is only now starting to enter the US market. One of the first hempcrete projects in the US, built by Pacific Green Development’s supply partner, was recently completed in North Carolina (photo below).
Andy has an exclusive license from his supplier to distribute hempcrete in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently in talks with the Portland Development Commission and Building Research Establishment to build a demonstration home in Portland’s new Green Innovation Park. He is also working with local nonprofit Green Empowerment on ways that Pacific Green Development can support their community-based clean energy projects in developing nations.
What’s next for Pacific Green Development?
“We are currently at a proof of concept/prototype stage for the startup, and are looking for investors and strategic partners that align with our mission and values and have the experience to scale this venture.”