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Sara Gutterman

Sara is the Co-Founder and CEO of Green Builder Media. An experienced entrepreneur, investor, and sustainability consultant, Sara specializes in developing companies that are simultaneously sustainable and profitable. Sara is a former venture capitalist and has participated in a portion of the life cycle (from funding to exit) of over 20 companies. Sara graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College and holds an MBA in entrepreneurship and finance from the University of Colorado.

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A Massive People's March to Confront Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 25, 2014 12:16:00 PM

It has been a big week for climate awareness. On Tuesday, the United Nations hosted a landmark Climate Summit in New York City, attended by over 125 world leaders. While the Summit didn’t result in a definitive plan for international carbon emission reductions, it was a clear indication of the growing urgency for a comprehensive global climate action strategy.

It wasn’t just world leaders that converged to confront climate change. On Sunday (prior to the UN summit), millions of people took to the streets to participate in the People’s Climate March, the largest climate action rally in history. 2,646 marches took place in 162 countries

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Frontline of Climate Change: Drought

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 19, 2014 10:55:36 AM

Water: it is a common agenda for all of us, for every walk of life. It’s our planet’s most valuable resource. Nations are powered by it. Life depends on it. And soon, we’ll be fighting over it.

We think of water as infinite and inexhaustible, but the hard truth is that we’re depleting, polluting, and wasting water from aquifers and other fresh water sources in such vast quantities that we’re not allowing these sources to renew themselves, resulting in drastic drought conditions across the globe.

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Germany: The Clean Energy Conundrum

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 4, 2014 1:16:29 PM

GERMANY HAS BEEN LAUDED as the leader in distributed, clean energy, its renewable energy strategy touted as one of the most innovative and successful worldwide. The claim certainly has validity—Germany has increased the share of its total electricity production from renewables from 6% to 30% over the past decade; it has the highest per capita installed solar power capacity in the world; and its feed-in tariff (FIT) policy establishes long-term, fixed fee contracts for renewable energy producers, encouraging households, cooperatives, and communities alike to produce clean distributed energy.

However, when examining the country’s total energy portfolio, the facts belie Germany’s reputation as “the world’s first major renewable energy economy.” In glaring contrast to its image as a leader in sustainability, Germany is a heavy user of coal and the largest importer of Russian natural gas (over 40 billion cubic meters in 2013).

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U.N. Climate Report Warns of "Irreversible" Disasters Ahead

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 28, 2014 2:40:00 PM

American anthropologist Margaret Mead may be most famous for her quote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” In an equally astute moment, she also observed that “We won't have a society if we destroy the environment."

According to a new report by the United Nations, climate change is causing “severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts” to our natural world. In response to a series of scientific studies issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations (UN) has authored a bold, blunt, and urgent report about the state of our changing climate (expected to be released to the public in November). The facts are clear—global warming induced food shortages, mass extinctions, warming and rising seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rain, and extreme weather are likely to intensify unless we take immediate and drastic action.

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One Carbon Fee Program to Rule them All

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 14, 2014 2:38:47 PM

In our ever-evolving global economy, it’s becoming crystal clear that only the countries and companies that successfully merge sustainability with profitability will succeed in a resource constrained world. In the future, if organizations and governments divorce sustainability from financial growth, they’ll simply put themselves out of business.

Fortunately, businesses and administrations around the world are devising creative strategies to address their specific environmental impact. Amidst all of the activity, an emerging solution is gaining in palatability and viability across the board—appropriately pricing carbon.

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