Kellen Lynch to Speak on ZeNETH Tiny Houses at Huxley College Speaker Series

Kellen Lynch, project manager for the WWU student-led Project ZeNETH (Zero Net Energy Tiny Houses) will provide an update on the Institute for Energy Studies project as part of the Huxley College Speakers Series Thursday, April 5, at 4:15 p.m. in Academic West 204.

The talk, co-sponsored by the Institute for Energy Studies, is free and open to the public. 

In addition, there will be an opportunity for students to ask questions about the work and to potentially join the growing team. Lynch hopes to encourage other driven students to look at their own education with a critical eye and identify ways to improve upon it.

Project ZeNETH is a student-led effort at Western's Institute for Energy Studies that is taking on climate change and affordable housing through sustainable home design. The goal of Project ZeNETH is to:

  • Research local housing issues and opportunities within Whatcom County.
  • Design a zero net energy tiny house that generates its own energy.
  • Construct a tiny house through collaboration from community partners.
  • Educate the university by practicing sustainable home design.

As the first tiny house ever constructed at Western, the team aims to leave a legacy that encourages further sustainably designed tiny homes at the university and throughout the state of Washington.

Lynch, the project manager for Project ZeNETH, is focused on innovating sustainable and scaleable energy designs through Western’s Institute for Energy Studies. Upon graduating, Lynch will be applying his education in his hometown of Port Townsend. He holds an Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science, and has previously launched two successful food businesses – a bakery and a pop-up restaurant.

The Huxley College Speaker Series, sponsored by Western’s Huxley College of the Environment, is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the WWU and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.

WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment is one of the oldest environmental colleges in the nation and a recognized leader in producing the next generation of environmental professionals and stewards. Huxley’s distinctive, interdisciplinary curriculum reflects a broad view of the physical, biological, social, and cultural world, and has earned international recognition for quality.

For more information, please contact WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment at (360) 650-2949 or visit the website:


artist's rendering of a tiny home