Amy Cortese

Director of Programs

Amy is responsible for managing implementation teams covering all aspects of NBI’s work.  She has been involved in sustainable design consulting and implementation of energy efficiency market transformation approaches for over 20 years. Her work has covered a broad range of technical topics, including lighting and daylighting, natural ventilation, advanced building controls, site design, stormwater management, water efficiency, sustainable materials and others. This work has included research projects ranging from a summary report of all net zero energy buildings and districts across North America, proof-of-concept studies for advanced lighting controls, technical analyses to assist portfolio owners in prioritizing energy efficiency improvements, and a cost analysis for net zero energy, water and Living Buildings. Amy also has extensive experience with the USGBC’s LEED program and the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge and Net Zero Certification programs. Amy has served as Vice President of the Portland Planning Commission, the Green Building Certification Inc. Accreditation Committee and as a volunteer on more than a dozen Cycle Oregon rides. Amy is a LEED BD&C and holds degrees in engineering and law.