Leadership Profile: Tim Beal
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Posted by: Emily Nilsen
Each month Housing Colorado profiles a member volunteer who serves on a committee or another volunteer opportunity. This profile features members who have shown great commitment to the mission of Housing Colorado.
Tim is the Director of Sustainable Communities for Boulder Housing Partners. He is responsible for leading three initiatives that come together under the theme of sustainable communities: leading the development and execution of broad-based, agency-wide and project-based strategic sustainability initiatives; leading organizational risk planning and claims management; and leading community engagement initiatives. Tim has extensive experience in resort and commercial property development and management. He has served on the Board of Directors for several local non-profits in the Boulder area. Tim received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont and recently completed the Executive Energy Leadership Program at National Renewable Energy Labs. When he’s not working, Tim enjoys spending time with his family biking, hiking and skiing in Rocky Mountains.
How did you end up in affordable housing?
I met former Executive Director of Thistle, Peggy Wren, several years ago. She told about Thistle’s work and its mission to provide affordable housing. At that time in my career, I worked for a private developer and property management company. After I heard her story, I was sold on mission-based work. I was fortunate to get a job with Boulder Housing Partners several months later.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The people – residents, staff and partners. I feel very lucky to be able to engage with amazing and talented folks every day!
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Navigating financing options and regulations related to innovative alternative energy and resources conservation projects.
How did you get involved with Housing Colorado?
I have attended the Housing Colorado conference for many years. I always have a great time and learned so much!
How do you currently serve Housing Colorado and what do you enjoy most about volunteering?
I serve as Co-Chair for the Eagle Awards Committee. It is an honor to serve on this committee and to be part of this process. I’ve been part of the selection committee for the last few years. Each year it gets harder and harder to select the winners. The people, projects and services that get nominated for the awards are amazing.
What are some exciting progressions or projects currently going on in your work?
We will achieve the milestone of going over a Megawatt of solar generation in our portfolio this month. Fifty percent of our properties now have solar. We are about a quarter of our way to having a net zero portfolio. This has been an exciting process to produce this much clean energy while reducing energy operating costs and reducing demand charges.
What project, program or undertaking are you most proud of and why?
We recently partnered with the Department of Energy and the City of Boulder on a resiliency pilot project. The project included the installation of solar, battery storage system, energy control systems and a natural gas generator on our central office building. All these elements combined, will help our office maintain power to critical loads during grid outages. This gives us the ability to maintain services to our clients when the grid goes down; serve as haven during natural disasters; and serve as a staging area for Boulder emergency services if necessary. We will also be experimenting with the system to help reduce energy demand charges and therefore reduce operating costs.
What is the best career advice you have ever been given?
“Work/ life is a marathon not sprint” – this was great advice for an impatient sprinter!
Who has been an instrumental mentor through your career so far or who do you look up to?
Betsey Martens, Former Executive Director, Boulder Housing Partners. I am the very fortunate recipient of many years of worldly advice and great insight from Betsey.
What website(s) do you find useful in your work?
If you were given the chance to go on a vacation to any place of your choosing, where would you go and what would you do?
Nepal, a bucket list destination for me. I’ve always wanted to see Everest and get as close as possible to the top of the world. I’m am also interested in getting immersed in the local culture. Everyone I’ve met from Nepal is amazing, humble and gracious. I’ve finally got a trip planned for next fall with my family.
What’s your favorite restaurant in Colorado?
Zoe Ma Ma - A small family run restaurant featuring Asian home cooking and authentic street food. Located in downtown Boulder
What book are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. A great read for those who are trying to find balance in their life. Essentialism involves doing less, but better, so you can make the highest possible contribution. I hope to be enjoying it more when I learn to do some of this stuff!