About Us

Who We Are

Welcome to Build That Green, a residential green build coaching and publishing company serving primarily the southeast U.S. region.

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Meet Kim Van Borkulo, RLA, LEED-AP
Publisher and Chief Sustainability Officer
Since 1980, both nationally and overseas, Kim has planned and developed multi-million dollar construction projects and thousands of homes plus managed thousands of acres of valuable land.
After 31 years of working stewardship, Kim sees it’s a darn good world.  To keep it that way, she promotes durable homes that are healthy for you and the environment.
Her accreditation as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-AP) professional and as a registered professional landscape architect (RLA) make an ideal combination for advising owners, builders, designers and others who dream of homes and property with better health, better value, and better balance.
Born in Warwick, Rhode Island, Kim is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Environmental Design – Studio Design program. She has enjoyed southern living in Fayetteville, NC for over 22 years.

Kim is an outdoor sports nut on land and water and especially when her husband ‘Van’, the rest of the family, or any friend is up for the challenge! E-mail Kim

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Kim's Water Wise advice - Carolina Home & Garden Show Feb 2011

Our Featured Contributors:

AdamErickson smallMeet Adam C. Erickson
Born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Adam is a videographer located in Fayetteville, NC.
Besides Build That Green videos, he has shot all over the world – everything from filming foreign documentaries, television news production and establishing a video production ministry at a church.
He’s worked side-by-side with world-famous producers Ralph Winter and Phil Cooke, as well as directed more than fifty commercials and short films. He’s interviewed major recording artists and worked on set with clients like Time Warner as well as Powerade. He’s even had the opportunity to shoot footage for networks such as The History Channel, ETV, and A&E.
When not filming, he catches up on the latest movies, hikes, and hangs out with his wife Hannah and their Daschund-Poodle mix named Jimmy.
Are you on our email list? We’ll alert you when our Build That Green 2010 Idea House videos (edited by Adam of course!) are released.  They’ll be packed full of ideas for your green remodeling projects.
E-mail Adam

Meet Joanne H. Shawcross
Designer – Writer
Born and raised in New England, Joanne now lives in Massachusetts.

Over the years, her Skidmore College fine arts degree and decades of experience in Art Education has proved very handy. She seems to be always tweaking and transforming places into beautiful living spaces – indoors and out.

Besides Joanne’s talent being featured in a Boston Globe interior design Showhouse event, she’s done other projects in contemporary homes and gardens, as well as coached and collaborated with hundreds of people.

With a solid background in theory, she also understands the practical side of owning ‘design’ – She’s lived and transformed two historic homes.

While she’s great at researching materials and concepts Joanne’s real love is writing and helping people with creative design solutions.