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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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Green Builder Congratulates our Home of the Year Winners!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 23, 2017 11:43:21 AM

Each year, Green Builder Media selects the most innovative, sustainable projects as our Green Home of the Year Award Winners. This year’s victors delight and inspire.

Green Builder Media’s Home of the Year Awards certainly feature the best of sustainable design and construction.  Year after year, the winning projects showcase creative applications of pioneering green products, advanced technologies, renewable energy solutions, building science best practices, and forward-thinking design strategies. 

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Chaos at the EPA

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 16, 2017 9:32:10 AM

Scott Pruitt, newly anointed head of the EPA, stunned the world last week with his admission that he doesn’t believe that carbon emissions contribute to climate change. Is he fit to lead the government agency?

If you look at his professional career, in which former Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt has sued the EPA 14 times, it would appear that he harbors a deep seeded resentment for the agency, which is ironic given that he has recently become its Administrator. 

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Have Your Say: 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 2, 2017 2:38:21 PM

Every year, Green Builder Media asks our readers to share information about your favorite brands and current perceptions about the green building market. We invite you to participate in our 2017 Readers’ Choice Survey so that we can keep our finger on the pulse of the greenest companies, latest trends, and your preferences.

Green Builder Media is proud to be the nation’s leading media company focused on green building and sustainable living.  Our mission is to constantly improve ourselves, our editorial, and our offerings by aligning with our readers’ preferences and important market trends. 

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NASCAR vs. Leilani Münter: Who will Win?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 22, 2017 4:53:06 PM

If you’ve never heard of Leilani Münter, the beautiful and talented environmentalist race car driver, you’re missing out. Münter, the only carbon neutral NASCAR driver, uses her sport in the most unlikely way to promote climate action. Her mission is to completely revolutionize the racing industry, and given her powers of persuasion, I have no doubt that she’ll win.

Leilani Münter likens herself to a bumble bee, which for all practical (and physics-based) purposes, should never be able to fly.  Like the bumble bee, a young, female, biologist is an improbable race car driver, but, again like the bumble bee, Münter excels in her sport and in her advocacy through sheer persistence.  “No” is simply not in her lexicon.

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A Carbon Tax for All?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 16, 2017 11:25:08 AM

Climate change becomes depoliticized and common sense as a group of seasoned Republican leaders introduce a carbon tax designed to spur our economy and increase American competitiveness.

We’ve reached the point of no return—the moment in time that sustainability professionals from both sides of the aisle have been fighting for—when elected officials from both parties agree that we need to address the threats posed by our changing climate.

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Smart Cities: Democratization of Information

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 9, 2017 11:35:11 AM

At Green Builder Media’s recent Sustainability Symposium, industry experts offered insights into on one of today’s hottest topics—Smart Cities, exploring how enabling technologies are improving quality of life and reducing environmental footprint.

Designed to explore intelligent solutions for a resilient future, Green Builder Media’s Sustainability Symposium: Ready for Anything, held on January 9 in Orlando, was a medley of ideas and inspiration. 

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Love in a Time of Chaos

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 2, 2017 8:52:38 AM

In a time of great tumult, I have adopted one of Martin Luther King’s best quotes as my mantra: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

I look at the world around me, and I see madness everywhere.  Fear is in the air.  A new level of hatred has been unleashed. 

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Pipelines, Pipedreams, and Politics: What’s at Stake?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 26, 2017 9:31:53 AM

President Trump’s methodical dismantling of environmental regulations and myopic attempt to revive controversial pipelines is based on ‘Alternative Facts’ that will, ultimately, hurt the American people.

Since the day he set foot in the Oval Office, President Trump has pledged allegiance to the fossil fuel industry, putting on a characteristically gaudy show of shredding environmental regulations, fast-tracking the construction of the Keystone and Dakota pipelines, and abandoning climate action.

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Sustainability Symposium 2017: Optimism Wins the Day

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 19, 2017 2:09:05 PM

Green Builder Media’s Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything exceeded all expectations, offering an abundance of inspiration, assurance, and intelligent solutions for the transition to a sustainable future.

When we first conceived of the Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything, we understood that it was time to elevate the national dialogue about intelligent solutions for a resilient future.  What we didn’t realize was how timely and relevant this event would become, and how important of a role it would play in galvanizing influencers and inspiring action at a local, municipal, and citywide scale.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to kick off the day with opening remarks, during which I recognized that it is a pivotal moment in time—some sustainability professionals fear that the hard-earned progress that we have achieved in the areas of climate action, resource efficiency, renewable energy, and green building is under threat. 

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Live from CES 2017: An Ocean of Innovation

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 5, 2017 9:50:59 AM

This week, I’m reporting live from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where today’s smartest, zaniest, and most innovative minds have converged to showcase ingenious technologies.

If you’ve never been to CES, allow me to paint a picture for you—imagine Disneyland for tech geeks filled with endless gidgets and gadgets that do almost anything you can think of, drones filling the skies, robots roaming the hallways that would make even Rosie from the Jetsons jealous, connected electric vehicles that run on solar power, Artificial Intelligence powered products that make your home smarter than you are, wearables that track your every biorhythm, and TVs, oh those illustrious high –def TVs, everywhere (literally, everywhere!) in a wall-to-wall jam-packed, high-energy sea of human invention. 

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White House Report Uncovers Resiliency Risks and Opportunities

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 28, 2016 8:29:54 AM

Last week, the White House released a report that reveals threats posed by a changing climate and opportunities to make our homes and buildings safer and more resilient.

Resiliency has become one of the most important and urgent issues of our time, given the daunting fact that we now spend more on disaster recovery from super storms, floods, and wildfires, than we do on education. 

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Building Codes: The Right Tool for Achieving our Climate Goals?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 22, 2016 9:18:01 AM

In a recent webinar, Building Codes Assistant Project (BCAP) President Maureen Guttman questioned whether building codes are effective when it comes to successfully reaching our energy efficiency and climate goals.

Building codes are a unique and complex animal, and their development is driven by a diverse spectrum of vested interests.  The recent 2018 code hearings exemplified how motley agendas could at least temporarily align to craft a middle-ground solution for a tough issue (namely, building envelope performance tradeoffs for onsite power production), setting an important precedent for cooperation, but certainly not realizing the gains that many sustainability professionals were hoping for.

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Sustainability: Transcending Politics

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 15, 2016 12:18:26 PM

In preparing for our upcoming Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a wide spectrum of professionals in the sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart tech, and green building sectors from both sides of the aisle. Their overriding message: progress will continue.

One of the most exciting aspects of planning a big event is the opportunity to speak ahead of time with presenters and participants about the issues that are top of mind.  In planning for the Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything, taking place on January 9 at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in Orlando, I’ve had the good fortune to speak with some of today’s visionary leaders and most passionate professionals in the sustainability sector.

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