Executive Director

Alicia Dolce is the Executive Director of The CT Green Building Council, succeeding former director, James Albis.

After establishing a career in marketing, advertising and strategic planning, Alicia joined forces with her husband, an established builder of energy efficient homes, and the two of them co-founded Celebration Green Design & Build, a design/build company on the CT shoreline committed to the adoption and creation of high performance and energy efficiency with a specialty in passive house and zero net energy.   Their firm has received multiple Home Builder Industry Awards (HOBI’s) and in 2016, they were selected as the grand prize winner of the CT Zero Energy Challenge.

When Alicia is not engaged in marketing and management activities for Celebration, she is very active raising awareness & teaching other stakeholder groups “why, what & how” sustainable building matters for our future.  Her passion to educate, advocate and inspire has resulted in a broad spectrum of outreach efforts including organizing Pro tours and open-houses that showcase high-performance design & construction, and organizing educational and training events – including the first Passive House designer & consultant training in Connecticut.  She has also appeared on public TV, given talks on zero energy, and written content for a variety of different forums, including a multi-part series on building a zero energy home for the online edition of Builder magazine.  

Alicia is proud to be a founding board member of Connecticut Passive House (CTPH), an organization dedicated to providing resources and education on Passive House; a building science strategy that minimizes the use of energy while maximizing comfort, health, durability while also enabling occupants to comfortably shelter-in-place over a sustained length of time, a key aspect of resiliency.  As the liaison for CTPH, Alicia helped organize and run the first Northeast regional conference on multifamily Passive House buildings. 

In recognition for her outreach efforts, Alicia was the recipient of the CT Green Building Council’s 2017 Judy Swan Green Advocate Award. Most recently, Alicia has expanded her efforts to challenge conventional thinking about how we design & build multifamily buildings, especially for our most vulnerable populations. In 2018, she led a successful call-to-action advocacy campaign in Connecticut to ensure the continued inclusion of sustainable design parameters in the state's financial incentives program for the affordable housing sector. She credits her success as a result of her training as a Climate Reality Leader and years spent as a qualitative market research consultant, where the hundreds of interviews she conducted serve as an invaluable reminder that education and advocacy must start with "meeting people where they are". 

Originally from Ohio, Alicia has made the northeast her home for over thirty years and has been a resident of Connecticut since 1989.  Recently, she and her husband relocated to Guilford to build their own Passive House/zero energy home.  With a desire to reduce their reliance on cars, their new home is only steps from the train and a five minute walk to the town center. In her free time, Alicia enjoys reading, cooking, and being outside – either digging in the dirt or enjoying the world looking over the handlebars of her bike.

You can reach Alicia at james@ctgbc.org until her organizational email address has been established.