Melinda zytaruk - general manager

Melinda Zytaruk is the General Manager and a founding member of the Fourth Pig Worker Co-op. Melinda is a PHIUS Certified Builder and in 2010 was trained as a PHI consultant. She has completed the Net Zero Home Building Science Training.  She enjoys managing eco construction projects almost as much as troweling on a smooth coat of fresh earth plaster. She has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University with a focus on community renewable energy and sustainability and is a graduate of the Renewable Energy Education Program of Solar Energy International located in Colorado. Melinda’s career has merged her passions for green construction, community organizing and education. She has worked as a builder on straw bale houses, designed and installed solar electric and hot water systems, and has been the general contractor for eco-renovations since 2007. 

As General Manager with the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, she developed Renewable Energy Co-operatives throughout Ontario and organized diverse stakeholders throughout the province to support co-operative owned power. Melinda campaigned successfully for renewable energy policies that lay the groundwork for the Green Energy Act in Ontario and helped build a community power sector. She is the founding president of the Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Co-operative, a not-for-profit organisation building renewable energy facilities in Lake of Bays, Ontario to benefit the local community and the greater environment. A frequent presenter on energy efficiency and renewable energy, Melinda is a former board member of Passive Buildings Canada and the Solar and Sustainable Energy Association of Canada and is a member of the Canadian Association of Women in Construction.


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