Back to Policy Toolkit

Buy Clean Buy Fair Washington Pilot Study

The Buy Clean Buy Fair (BCBF) Washington Project was a pilot study commissioned by the Washington State Legislature in 2021. The goal of this project was to evaluate the feasibility of BCBF data reporting requirements and identify areas for improvement in potential future BCBF programs.


The Buy Clean Buy Fair (BCBF) Washington Project was a pilot study commissioned by the Washington State Legislature in 2021. This project was funded by two budget provisos that required the University of Washington (UW) College of Built Environments’ Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) to:

  • Develop a reporting database to collect environmental and labor information from state construction projects.  For this project, the database is a prototype, meant for testing and demonstration purposes only.
  • Conduct a case study using pilot projects.  Five projects were enlisted to test out and provide feedback on the data reporting process.

The Carbon Leadership Forum has been working with the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Office of State Efficiency and Environmental Performance (SEEP) to execute this project.

The following reports document the working process and findings from the BCBF Project:


The individuals from the Carbon Leadership Forum at the University of Washington College of Built Environments who worked on this report are:

  • Meghan Lewis, Senior Researcher
  • Monica Huang, Researcher
  • Kate Simonen, Executive Director
  • Martin Torres, Technical Consultant

The individuals from the Washington State Department of Commerce, Office of Efficiency and Environmental Performance, Energy Division who worked on this report are:

  • Hanna Waterstrat, Director
  • Ian Kinder-Pyle, Policy Analyst

The individuals from Meserow Design who worked on this report are:

  • Patrick Escarcega, Chief Technology Officer
  • Ellen Escarcega, Chief Executive Officer


​We would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions to this project:

State of Washington, Department of Commerce IT

  • Liz Saylor, IT Policy and Planning Manager, OPS-Information Services
  • Austin Scharff, Energy Policy Specialist, Energy Division
  • Scott Varga, Visual Brand Manager, Director’s Office
  • Jasmine Vasavada, Government Affairs Director, Director’s Office
  • Huilin Wang, Applications Developer, OPS-Information Services

University of Washington, College of Built Environments IT

  • Ross McKenzie
  • Eric Gould

Database consultants

  • Matt Zumwalt
  • Erin Fahy
  • Michelle Hertzfeld
  • Jessica Schilling
  • Maryanne Wachter

Carbon Leadership Forum

  • Anthony Hickling
  • Brook Waldman
  • Megan Kalsman

Building Transparency / C-Change Labs

  • Phil Northcott
  • Stacy Smedley

Blue Green Alliance

  • Jessica Koski

Pilot projects:

  • University of Washington (UW) Seattle – Interdisciplinary Engineering Building Project
    • Kabri Lehrman Schmid, Hensel Phelps
    • Morgan May, Hensel Phelps
    • Billie Faircloth, Kieran Timberlake
    • Kate Czembor, Kieran Timberlake
    • David Feaster, Kieran Timberlake
    • Kit Elsworth, Kieran Timberlake
    • David Rariden, Kieran Timberlake
    • Alex Olevitch, Kieran Timberlake
    • Jennifer Reynolds, UW
  • University of Washington Tacoma – Milgard Hall Project
    • Craig Holt, Andersen Construction
    • Susan Bouthillette, Andersen Construction
    • Tyler Carlyle, Andersen Construction
    • Austen Kartic, Andersen Construction
    • Shannon Thompson, UW
  • WSDOT Olympic Region Maintenance Administration Facility
    • Jim Rodgers, WSDOT
    • Eric Yates, WSDOT
    • Steve Holloway, WSDOT
  • Shoreline Community College – Allied Health, Science, and Manufacturing Replacement
    • Dino Monioudis, FORMA Construction
    • Zach Vance, FORMA Construction
    • Ben Retzlaff, FORMA Construction
    • Colin Bott, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES)
  • Western Washington University (WWU) – Sciences Building Addition and Renovation
    • Mark Nicasio, WWU
  • Meserow Design:
    • Michael Pogson
    • Biondi Lun
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Dave Walsh (Dave Walsh Consulting)
    • Don Davies (Magnusson Klemencic Associates)
    • Kjell Anderson (LMN Architects)
    • Mark Chen (Skanska)

Participants in the feedback survey (described in Section 3.2), who shall remain anonymous

Cover of Buy Clean Buy Fair Progress Report


Huang, M., Lewis, M., Escarcega, P., Escarcega, E., Torres, M., Waterstrat, H., Kinder-Pyle, I., Simonen, K. (2022). Buy Clean Buy Fair Washington Project: Final Report. Carbon Leadership Forum and
Washington State Department of Commerce.


View all policy resources in our resource library