Green Festival Speakers

Hal Bolton


Hal Bolton, AIA, founded Terraplane Studios to provide sustainable design services for small to mediumsized residential and commercial projects with a commitment to energy efficiency and green building. A registered architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, Hal brings fifteen years of professional experience to each project. In addition to consulting on LEED certified projects, Hal's projects incorporate renewable materials, recycled products and efficient systems into all phases of the design process. Recent projects have integrated renewable energy systems including photovoltaics, geothermal heating, and passive solar design.

A regular speaker in the D.C. area, Hal has presented at the Solar Decathlon, the National Zoo, and for a number of professional organizations. A local sustainability advocate, Hal testified in front of the D.C. City Council for the Green Building Act. Hal has been actively involved in the D.C. Chapter of the Committee on the Environment (COTE), a focus group of the American Institute of Architects. He is a former chair and is currently serving as the MidAtlantic Regional Team Leader for COTE. In addition, he will begin teaching a course in sustainable design in 2011.

After graduating from the University of Virginia and Georgia Tech with degrees in architecture, Hal started his professional experience in Atlanta. After a brief time in Mauritania, West Africa with the Peace Corps, he moved to Washington, D.C. and currently lives in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. To provide sustainable transportation, he is rebuilding a 1976 International Scout to run on biodiesel and used vegetable oil.