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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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Earth Day Reflections: Are we Green Yet?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 21, 2016 9:57:12 AM

Earth Day is an annual celebration of the environmental movement—an earnest reminder to take stock of our progress, celebrate our successes, and lament our losses.

Many people take time on birthdays and holidays to reflect on the year gone by.  As a dedicated environmentalist, Earth Day is a benchmark for me—a moment in time to pause and think critically about the headway we’ve made and setbacks we’ve experienced in our quest for sustainability. 

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The Post-Oil Era: Led by Saudi Arabia?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 7, 2016 11:08:36 AM

It comes as no surprise that the world’s largest company, Saudi Aramco, is a Saudi Arabian state-owned oil empire worth trillions of dollars.  What’s unexpected is the behemoth’s plans to divest from its own oil resources, with the ultimate goal of weaning the country off its dependency on fossil fuels.

Saudi Arabia sees the writing on the wall—the end of the oil era is near.  The kingdom is planning accordingly, creating the world’s largest sovereign fund to manage its massive amounts of wealth, the goal of which is to diversify the country’s financial holdings.

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Climate Change Turning Point: Should Exxon be Afraid?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 31, 2016 8:18:15 AM

On Tuesday, Attorneys General from 17 different states launched an unprecedented effort to prosecute the “high-funded and morally vacant forces” that have allegedly thwarted environmental awareness and climate action for decades, with ExxonMobil at the forefront of the attack.

Attorneys General from California, Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont, Washington state and the U.S. Virgin Islands have launched fraud investigations into ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel industry stalwarts for withholding critical information for decades and deliberately duping the general public about the environmental and health dangers of burning fossil fuels for energy production. 

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China is Taking Climate Change Seriously.  Is the U.S.?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 24, 2016 9:26:31 AM

In its recently unveiled 13th Five-Year Plan, China has set aggressive targets to solve its pressing environmental problems, including air pollution, water conservation, responsible urban growth, clean transportation, and renewables.  It’s a pleasant surprise that China is taking climate change so seriously.  Can the U.S. keep up?

Marco Rubio was dead wrong.  I suppose that blasting him for things he said while on the campaign trail is futile at this point, but I can’t help but vigorously refute a statement that he made in the last Republican debate—that the U.S. shouldn’t engage in any meaningful climate action because the planet is constantly changing (which is true), that China and India are ruining the environment (also true), and that, since everyone else is polluting and acting irresponsibly, anything we do is pointless because we’re all going to hell in a handbasket (unequivocally not true).

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A New Approach to Saving Water

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 17, 2016 9:53:16 AM

World Water Day is coming up on March 22.  The international day of observance is meant to bring light to water issues, which is nice in theory, but given the growing threat of droughts, floods, crumbling and toxic infrastructure, and rising sea levels, is water really receiving the attention it justifiably deserves?

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development created World Water Day in 1992 in an effort to set aside one day each year during which we recognize water quality and quantity issues. 

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