Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Seabold Architectural Studio
Jackson, MS

Faulkner once wrote that if you want to understand the world you must first understand a place like Mississippi.  Understanding this, Jeff Seabold has made a significant difference, not only in his home state of Mississippi, but also across the Southeast with regard to strong sustainable design and construction though his company Seabold Architectural Studio.

Jeff has led this fight in a state where sustainability is not a forefront issue. He has made a long-lasting case for the guiding principles of sustainable practices within his home state that have influenced and changed lives for the better.  By helping to educate not only his clients, but also writing for multiple publications, Jeff has demonstrated a level of leadership that far surpassed what most architects in private practice would do in such a hostile climate.  His simple advocacy message of “just be responsible” has made him a leader and model for other designers. Jeff feels that within every project there are opportunities to make a meaningful difference for his clients and the planet, and works with everyone individually to discover these chances. Whether it is from investigating simple orientation strategies of the house on the site to opportunities with simple and deep energy retrofits, there is always a chance to make a difference.  Within his practice Jeff dedicates at least 10 percent of his firm’s time back to the community for causes that support the mission of his firm.  This award would help support his mission-based business helping his advocacy and education efforts.

His dedication to sustainability is found in his firm’s philosophy where he wrote:  "We see sustainable design as design that uses energy and resources with the deference they deserve.  Sustainability is not merely the use of highly technical “green” products and systems.  It can be that, but more often it is the employment of techniques that are borrowed from our building heritage that have been tested over many generations and continuing to refine these principles... It is making buildings and sites that will still be valuable years down the line—assets for future generations and models for future development and use of resources.”

Jeff helped found the Mississippi Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), led the chapter for two years, and served as the state’s LEED for Homes Advocate for years. During this time of service, Mississippi saw the largest installation of LEED Silver homes get built within one neighborhood with over 750 certified LEED silver or better homes.  Currently, he is serving on the AIA national’s Housing Knowledge Community; is the Chair Elect for the Southeast Regional Committee of the USGBC; and will be serving on the USGBC’s Chapter Steering Committee in March of this year, a national committee tasked with directing the shape of the USGBC’s 77 Chapters across the country.  Jeff was also recently selected to be one of a dozen architects from across the country to participate in North/South Resilient Design Charrette that focused on delivery methods and opportunities for designing and promoting more resilient homes across the country.  He was the first architect in Mississippi to become designated a LEED Accredited Professional for Homes, and currently has five registered LEED for Homes projects seeking Gold or Platinum certification.  In his short career, his residential experience includes over 250 projects from remodel and new construction to historic preservation.  His awards and honors include the following: Historic Preservation Award, the New York AIA Douglas Haskell Award for his theoretical writing, Best Architect in Jackson by the Jackson Free Press in 2012, Top 40 under 40 in Mississippi business by the Mississippi Business Journal, and a Master of Design by Portico Jackson in 2010.

Seabold Blueprint
Supporting Project Green Fork. Elevation study for Mississippi's next LEED house.
House House
Before. After. Green master suite remodel.
Historic Historic2

Historic Remodel:  A current project where we are taking a home in north Mississippi that is designated on the National Register of Historic Places, remodeling it, and seeking to have it LEED certified upon completion. 

Kitchen Kitchen
Before. After. Whole-house energy retrofit and remodel.

BELOW: Safe Routes to School Plan:  Just completed neighborhood study for a comprehensive plan to add bicycle lanes and sidewalk infrastructure to the North Midtown Neighborhood of Jackson, MS allowing children positive and safe options on how they get to school and additionally helping to improving the overall quality and health of the entire neighborhood.