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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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Proposed Emergency Funding Increase in Preparation for Fire Season

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jun 9, 2016 11:36:42 AM

As the American West braces for another extreme fire season, Senate attempts to clear the way for recovery funding.

Proliferating drought and climate change have parched large portions of the continent, dramatically increasing the risk of wildfire.  The 2016 fire season is expected to be even worse than 2015, during which nearly 7 million acres burned in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  

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Plagued by Plunging Profits, Shell Creates Renewable Energy Division

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 26, 2016 11:16:45 AM

The end of the fossil fuel era is near.  Some industry stalwarts, like Exxon, are in outright denial.  Others, like coal king Peabody Energy, can’t help but feel acute pain as their once-impenetrable fortresses crumble.  Others, like Shell, are investing in the future.

Europe’s largest oil company, Shell, sees the writing on the wall.  The Anglo-Dutch conglomerate has determined that it is not going to rely only on dirty fossil fuels for its livelihood.  Rather, it’s going to catch a wave on the market tide and invest in the burgeoning clean energy revolution. 

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Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground to Mitigate Risks from Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 19, 2016 8:46:49 AM

Across the planet, individuals and organizations are joining together to advocate for keeping coal, oil, and gas in the ground, demanding that our global society break free from fossil fuels to mitigate the risks of climate change.

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The Race Is On: Who Will Win When Smart Meets Solar?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 12, 2016 9:24:49 AM

The Solar and Smart Home technologies are quickly converging, opening up watershed growth opportunities for companies in these sectors. But it also invites new players like metadata behemoths Google and Amazon into the space, who have a long history of disrupting industries. Who is poised to win?

The global solar industry, expected to reach $345 billion by 2020, and the global smart home market, expected to reach $59 billion by 2020, are two of the building industry’s hottest growth sectors. 

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Smart Home Evolution: Connected and Solar

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 5, 2016 1:50:36 PM

Both the solar and smart home technology categories are growing at meteoric rates.  To date, the sectors have remained relatively independent, but their convergence will soon offer a game-changing level of control, independence, and peace of mind to homeowners.

Solar and smart home technology are consistently, month after month, two of the hottest topic areas of interest to Green Builder Media’s readers.  And it’s no wonder—with the extensive and rapid innovation occurring in both sectors, there is a lot to be excited about.

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China and India: Doing the Unimaginable to Address Climate Change

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 28, 2016 10:54:39 AM

In the four months since the United Nation’s COP21 meetings in Paris, China and India have taken huge strides in their quest to reduce carbon, improve air quality, and shift to a sustainable economy.

Climate action has never been so en vogue. Last Friday, 175 nations signed the Paris accord, using Earth Day as the celebratory milieu to take a vital next step in the hard-fought, decades-long battle to reduce global emissions. 

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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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Climate Change and Politics

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 10, 2016 11:48:20 AM

During the recent Presidential debate, Floridian Mayors demanded answers about rising sea levels.  The candidates’ responses were passionate, but has climate change really received the attention it deserves?

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE HOPEFUL Martin O’Malley made sure that climate change was front and center in every debate he participated in, hitting the audience with point after poignant point about the urgency of the issue. Since his departure from the race, the topic has been marginalized, relegated to a few comments here and there by Sanders and Clinton about clean energy and climate action, and ignored completely by Republican candidates (in fact, frontrunner Trump has disavowed climate change completely, calling it a hoax.)

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Warren Buffet’s Clinical View of Renewable Energy

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 3, 2016 9:20:35 AM

Warren Buffet has been slammed by the media lately for waging an outrageous war on solar. But a recent shareholder letter reveals that his perspective on renewables is purely clinical and unflinchingly focused on the bottom line.

Warren Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been the focus of an embroiled battle against solar in Nevada. One of its portfolio holdings, NV Energy, has been accused of colluding with the Public Utility Commission and Governor Sandoval to terminate net metering, effectively killing the residential solar rooftop industry in the State.

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