As a clean energy nerd concerned about climate change, Katie Jones has strong goals in building a low carbon-intensive house. But that doesn’t mean homesteading in the country. She’s building a strawbale home as infill density in Minneapolis. Here, she describes her experience in navigating design and material decision-making, city approval successes and challenges, and the community build process.
Uptown Strawhouse Builder
Katie Jones is an engineer, community builder, and climate advocate. For her day job, she supports city and state energy efficiency policy development at the Center for Energy and Environment. Outside of work, she continues to push for structural change while serving on city and state infrastructure and energy committees, leads advocacy campaigns for local complete streets projects, and attempts building projects to decarbonize her properties.
About the DMC Sustainability Series
The DMC Sustainability Series is a monthly seminar sponsored by Destination Medical Center and the City of Rochester. The purpose is to introduce sustainability concepts and best practices for everyone to consider. The series is held virtually on the third Wednesday of every month at noon.