Patricia Chase – Principal/Urban Strategist
An urban strategist, Patricia has worked with real estate developers, architects, politicians, and senior city staff to expose them to global best practices in urban sustainability. She has lead over 25 professional research missions to cities in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. She has served as managing partner on research and communication projects for both the public and private sectors. Through both professional research missions and a variety of communication projects, she has facilitated the public and private sector coming together in a shared vision.
As a recognition of her work with i-SUSTAIN, Patricia was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects in 2007 “for creating a uniquely effective program to educate and inspire political and business leaders through international models of sustainable design and development.”
At the request of the Mayor of Seattle, Greg Nickels, she was a member of the 2008 Mayor’s Green Building Task Force, which provided guidance on appropriate policy mechanisms that would reduce the energy use of new and existing buildings by 20%. As a result of the task force, changes in law regarding building energy disclosure requirements have been enacted in Seattle and have spread to other US cities.
Patricia has served as a Board Member of the Cascade Bicycle Club, the largest bicycling organization in the US. In 2010, she was made a Fellow with the World Affairs Council, and she currently is on the board of Great Cities, an urban advocacy group. She co-founded two non-profit organizations, the International Sustainability Institute (ISI) and KidzMusic, a music education site for school age children, both 501 C-3 organizations. Patricia works closely with the two NGOs, the Scan/Design Foundation and the Sustainable Buildings Institute (SBAI) who provide funding for elected officials and public sector employees to participate in i-SUSTAIN professional research missions, something they would not otherwise be able to do.
She is co-authoring a book entitled, “Visions of Urban Sustainability” with University of Washington professor Nancy Rivenburgh.
Patricia has always been an entrepreneur. Prior to i-SUSTAIN, from 1987 to 2001, she owned and operated Chase Bobko, a leader in the content management field. The firm had up to 200 employees at any one time, and worked for major corporations such as Microsoft, Boeing and Motorola along with many leading dot.coms. Chase Bobko was honored by the Washington State Software Association for creating and funding “Kids on the Web,” a program in the late 1990s in which Chase Bobko staff taught under-resourced teens web development skills.