Sostane Seattle

Wendy Hughes-Jelen


I am a designated Certified Built Green™ Professional: Real Estate and a Washington state licensed real estate salesperson serving the major Seattle metropolitan area. I have worked in real estate or related industries since 1991. My background includes residential real estate, multifamily, retail, and commercial property management, mortgage broker marketing, or related service companies in those areas. My personal passion and focus is green living – and how we can “live with” ourselves from a sustainable Earth perspective. My husband and I chose West Seattle as our home when we were married in 1997. We love it here! In 2007 we “downsized” and bought a townhome in the newly redeveloped mixed-income Built Green™ Certified Community of High Point. My rescued Italian greyhound, Sophia, and I organize The High Point K9 Club. We enjoy walks together in our! neighborhood and other Pacific Northwest great green spaces! We also have 3 cats.

Steps Taken

I have done all of the obvious things, like organic food and gardening, non-toxic paint, CFLs, etc., but still am challenged by the cost of greening my wardrobe and having limited options for other things in my life I wish to purchase and there are no options.

Surprising Successes

Deciding to take my green lifestyle further by selling my home and moving into a Built Green Certified townhome in High Point, a Built Green Certified Community.

Having Trouble With

Wardrobe is the biggest challenge.

Giving Back

•Homework Tutor, After-School CCS Youth Tutoring Program, High Point neighborhood, West Seattle.
•Pet Therapy Team, Seattle Animal Shelter program to visit residents of Lifecare Center on Admiral Way, with my dog.
•The High Point K9 Club and IGGY Ambassadors. Founder and organizer of two community-building, dog-centric social groups in the Seattle area.
•High Point HOA Open Space Committee. My goal is to help the residents of High Point turn the entire neighborhood into a Certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat.
•Blogger. “Green” home and lifestyle educator via a professional blog


•Redwood High Point Homeowners Association. Served as President during the Transition phase of a newly formed home owners association, 2007-2008.
•Board of Directors, P-Patch Trust, a land conservancy and non-profit support team for Seattle’s P-Patch community gardening program. Served as Secretary on the Executive Committee and as a Director on the Food Security Committee. In second term (May 2005 – May 2007). Occasional contributing writer to the quarterly newspaper, P-Patch Post, focusing on food security and food diversity news and issues.
•Grant Writer for Camp Long in West Seattle. Seeking funds for trail restoration and habitat rescue of Camp Long’s polliwog pond to improve pond and Longfellow Creek watershed studies and educational opportunities for Seattle’s youth.
•Native Plant Steward, Washington Native Plant Society. Volunteer Publicist for the annual Native Plant Stewardship Program in King County. Led restoration work parties, taught workshops about native plant benefits and the damage done by invasive non-native plant species, narrated slide shows at Camp Long on Neighbor Appreciation Day, worked with children at the Woodland Park Zoo during the Celebrating Wildflowers event, and staffed the educational booth at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Coordinated three environmental United Way Day of Caring volunteer projects.
•Working with the Public: Volunteer Creek Site Steward of Longfellow Creek and volunteered for the Roxhill Wetland Restoration project, the creek’s headwaters. Volunteer Cedar River Naturalist, House Hostess for Southwest Seattle Historical Society’s Homes with History Tour, “Volunteer crew” positions at annual FlightFest held at the Museum of Flight.

1 Comment so far

  1.    by: julie beall March 17th, 2009 4:19 pm

    Hey Wendy- Who knew you did all these things?!?!?! nice to see a sister on this site.