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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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Recent Posts

Giving Thanks

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 24, 2015 8:10:11 AM

This holiday season, I’d like to extend a wholehearted thank you to our readers, advertisers, partners, and colleagues for all of the big and small things you do. It is a herculean task to transform an industry, and we’re successfully converting incremental change into exponential results.

This Thanksgiving, I’m feeling particularly grateful. I’m appreciative that the sustainability discussion has finally reached a tipping point, with countries and companies across the globe making bold commitments to reduce carbon emissions and adopt clean technologies.

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Paris: Hope in the Face of Tragedy?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 19, 2015 12:06:09 PM

The United Nations’ COP21 Climate Talks will take place as scheduled in Paris. Will the meetings unite global leaders around a common purpose to address terrorism in addition to environmental issues?

Despite the heartless, senseless attacks on Paris, the United Nations has confirmed that the COP21 climate talks will take place as scheduled next month. The meetings promise to unite nations around a central purpose—climate action. While the meetings will address one of the most urgent issues our time, I can’t help but wonder, will they foster enough goodwill and solidarity amongst global leaders to facilitate alignment around combating the growing threat of terrorism as well?

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Crumbling Empire: The Messy Demise of the Fossil Fuel Industry

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 12, 2015 10:21:05 AM

Between increasing regulations, snowballing international climate action, expanding divestments, and growing distrust, the writing is on the wall for the fossil fuel industry, even though special interests are making a nasty—but ultimately futile—last stand.

Fossil fuel companies might just look back at 4Q15 as the moment in time when they were dealt the fatal blow that finally forced them to release their stranglehold on our economy. With plunging oil prices, increasing carbon emissions regulations, and rapidly growing pressure from competitive clean energy solutions like solar, the economics of big oil are undeniably and irreparably changing.

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Corporate Response to Climate Change Heats Up

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 29, 2015 8:48:00 AM

As we race towards the COP 21, anticipated to be a landmark series of negotiations resulting in a global agreement to curb carbon emissions, both the public and private sectors are making bold commitments to take climate action.

It’s an exciting—and pivotal—time for the environment. The upcoming COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change taking place in Paris in December (considered to be the last realistic chance for the world to take action that will prevent global warming beyond a 2 degree Celsius increase) is compelling nations across the globe to announce concrete commitments to solve the critical issues of carbon emissions reductions, clean energy adoption, resiliency, and climate adaptation.

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The Outrageous War on Solar

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 22, 2015 9:24:00 AM

Fossil fuel interests are waging a shady war on solar through backroom transactions and bootleg deals.  How long will they be able to rig the game?

84% of U.S. voters are in favor of “taking action to accelerate the development and use of clean energy”, but major fossil fuel interests don’t care as long as their profits are at stake.

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