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dc greenworks staff
Peter Ensign, LEED AP BD+C, GRP – Executive Director
In the two years since Peter Ensign became executive director, DC Greenworks has emerged as the preeminent green roof installer and advocate for green infrastructure practices in the Washington, DC, metro region. Since he assumed leadership of DC Greenworks, green roof installations have surpassed 100,000 square feet, and the organization’s revenue has grown by 78 percent.
During this period, Ensign has overseen the installation of 53,566 square feet of green roofs, 1600 rain-barrel installations, the construction of several rain and native habitat gardens, and the largest rooftop farm in the District of Columbia. These activities have raised ecological awareness among more than 2000 residents, students and property owners, and trained 280 individuals in Green Infrastructure and its benefits – all while reducing stormwater runoff by 1.5 million gallons per year.
Ensign has served as a speaker and panelist on stormwater and green job training issues at conferences held by the US Environmental Protection Agency, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, Bethesda Green, and Smithsonian Institution.
With more than 20 years of experience in architecture and construction project management, Ensign has developed and implemented design procedures, sales and marketing operations, and production systems for several design/build firms in the DC metro area.
During his career, Ensign participated in the restoration of waterways at Ridley Creek Park, PA; managed subdivision construction on the Central Oregon Coast; and currently joins neighbors in the annual cleanup of Sligo Creek in Silver Spring, Maryland. Peter holds a multi-disciplinary BA in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Neil Qusba, Program Director
For the past 15 years, Neil has been heavily involved in residential construction, green building and the energy auditing/weatherization sector. His path began as an apprentice carpenter in his early 20′s slowly moving into various roles such as project manager, estimator and site superintendent.
In 2005, Neil left the for-profit world and found his new calling managing a YouthBuild Program, a non-profit model designed to develop hands-on job skills, education and leadership to at-risk youth from low-income communities between the ages of 18-24, just north of Chicago, Il. During his time at Youthbuild, Neil was highly involved with the GreenBuilding movement becoming certified in BPI WHALCI, USGBC GPRO and the NAPCEP PV Phase 1. This, along with other certifications, drove Neil to want to develop a green job training intiative which he implemented in 2007.
Today, Neil manages all levels of DC Greeenworks residential and commercial green roof projects. He also leads DC Greenworks Green Job Training initiatives and programming.
Erin Fenton, Program Manager
Erin came to Washington, DC by way of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Senegal, and Oregon, bringing with her a background in agriculture and environmental education and an enthusiasm for urban sustainability. Erin is excited to combine these areas of expertise to improve the health of our rivers as Rain Barrel Program Manager. Prior to joining DCG Erin worked at the Science Museum of Minnesota, spent two years as Peace Corps volunteer in rural Senegal and enjoyed a year working in sustainable agriculture in the Pacific Northwest.
Kayleigh Gunnoud – Development and Community Outreach Manager
Kayleigh joined the DC Greenworks team in 2012, bringing with her, her Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management from American University. She is an experienced office administrator in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector. A true lover of nature and all things green, Kayleigh utilizes her administrative experience to help DC Greenworks achieve its mission with efficiency!