Sustainable Places, Sustainable Organizations is the official name of the consultancy set up by Catherine Horsey in 2007. Long a part-time consultant for a variety of organizations, Horsey took her consulting practice full time that year.
Horsey has been associated with nonprofit organizations, buildings and sustainability for many years. She has worked on the staff and/or directed the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Dallas, and the Providence Preservation Society.
During her tenure with historic preservation organizations, she worked closely with Realtors, architects and developers, as well as neighborhood organizations. At Preservation Dallas, she re-branded the organization and started the Historic House Specialist program, which became a national model for Realtor education.
Horsey returned to Dallas in 2004 to work on sustainable development projects. She teamed with developer/builder Diane Cheatham to develop Urban Reserve, Dallas’s first sustainable residential development. For the National Audubon Society, she oversaw planning and development of the Trinity River Audubon Center, certified LEED Gold, and the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill, also certified LEED Gold.
She worked with the Public Citizen Foundation on a multi-year project to promote energy efficiency and green building initiatives in north Texas, and as a consultant for builders engaging in constructing and restoring resource-efficient houses. She is a member of the City of Dallas’s Green Building Task Force. She has been certified by the National Association of Realtors to teach the REALTOR Green curriculum and speaks broadly on the topic of real estate and sustainability.
Horsey recently spent one year helping the Greater Dallas chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women bring their 100-year-old, all-volunteer organization into the 21st century by providing new structure, new technology, and financial accountability.
Horsey has been designated by the U.S. Green Building Council as an Accredited Professional in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, also known as LEED, with an advanced certification in Building Design and Construction. Her consulting firm assists sustainably oriented businesses, including builders, developers and nonprofits, in developing effective program strategies, particularly where they involve re-organization, development planning, and real estate.