Jacob oversees WARM's technical assistance division. An experienced program designer, Jacob has developed regional and statewide programs to advance energy efficiency and green building. He spearheads WARM’s work as a founding partner of the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office, providing technical assistance to local governments. Jacob serves on the steering committee for the Better Buildings for Michigan program, as part of his role in overseeing the program design and outreach efforts for providing energy retrofits to over 4,000 homes in Detroit and the Metro area.
Jacob conducts seminars and consults on energy efficiency, green building and renewable energy for a variety of audiences and clients. He performs (and sometimes that word is quite accurate) 30-50 seminars a year, including national and statewide conferences. In addition, he has taught sustainable design at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He has also authored a variety of reports, guides and essays on energy savings and green building, including blog posts at warmtraining.org and lagomorph.org.
With a passion and commitment to social and organizational sustainability, he has been working with collaboratives and local groups on sustainable development since 1997 and is a co-founder of Sustainable Detroit and the Urban Ecovillage Network. He is a trained mediator and has studied integral theory and sustainable development at the Integral Institute.