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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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The Triumph and Tragedy of 100

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 13, 2018 11:31:52 AM

The number 100 has been in the news a lot lately, associated with bold action and as well as imminent disaster: commitments to 100% renewables across the globe; 100% bans of single-use plastics; and 100% certainty that the climate is changing so quickly that we’re losing our ability to cope with it.  Here’s a deeper dive into the important—and ominous—number.

100 is a powerful number.  Scoring 100 on a test was always an aspiration in my school days.  My grandmother is turning 100 in January—an incredible achievement.  100 represents a century, the boiling temperature of pure water at sea level on the Celsius scale, and the record number of points scored in one NBA game by a single player (Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors in 1962).

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Codes With a Side of Climate

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 12, 2018 2:29:28 PM

Codes are designed to keep homeowners and building occupants safe and protected. They also play a critical role in protecting the environment.

The connection between codes and the climate may, at first blush, seem oblique. However, the two are intricately connected. Codes are designed to make homes and buildings stronger, safer, healthier and more durable. They’re designed to improve performance and energy savings. And in so doing, codes play a pivotal role not just in protecting lives, but the planet as well.

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Climate Action: The World Marches Forward

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 6, 2018 3:17:29 PM

Last week at the G20 meetings, leaders from across the globe reaffirmed their commitment to climate action through the framework set by the Paris Agreement.  This week, international delegations are meeting in Poland for the United Nation’s climate change conference, COP24.  The Trump Administration has been conspicuously absent from the conversation.

At last week’s G20 meetings, countries from across the globe united, once again, in their commitment to aggressive climate action.  In a joint statement, G20 leaders emphasized that “a strong economy and a healthy planet are mutually reinforcing.”  The G20 leaders recognized the importance of “comprehensive adaptation strategies, including investment in infrastructure that is resilient to extreme weather events and disasters.”

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Climate Action: Is it too Late?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 28, 2018 7:43:36 PM

The UN’s World Meteorological Organization released its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin last week.  Not surprisingly, the results are bleak: concentrations of key gasses that drive up global temperatures are at an all-time high, and the changing climate will unequivocally impact global financial stability and force the U.S. into uncharted territory.  Which begs the question: is anyone in Washington listening, and if so, will they have the courage and wherewithal to take action? 

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Election Results: An Environmental Nightmare?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 8, 2018 9:28:44 AM

The midterm elections uncovered many interesting insights about our nation and proved, once again, that the fossil fuel industry still has a powerful stranglehold over our economy, as big money squashed environmental initiatives from coast to coast.

With the Trump administration’s aggressive regulatory rollbacks, the midterm elections were vital for local and state-based policymaking—particularly with respect to environmental initiatives.  

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Video: Walkthrough of Smart, Small Footprint, Net Zero, Prefab Living

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 1, 2018 9:35:33 AM

Green Builder Media has launched The Align Project, a one-year demonstration project designed to challenge entrenched ideas about how we live in the U.S. and offer suggestions for how we can align our lifestyles with our changing socio-economic and environmental realities. Check out this video walkthrough of the cornerstone of The Align Project: a small-footprint, prefab, smart, net zero home created by Austin-based builder Kasita.

Whether we like it or not, the changing climate is demanding a sweeping overhaul of the way we live. Fortunately, advances in high-performance products and enabling technologies are providing viable solutions for enhanced efficiency, resiliency, sustainability, and connectivity.

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Midterm Elections: What’s at Stake for the Environment?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 25, 2018 10:09:43 AM

Environmental issues—from carbon emissions to renewable energy to clean water to habitat protection–are on the ballot this election cycle. Will progress on the state level combat the ferocious wave of federal regulation rollbacks?

With the current Administration’s active rampage to gut regulations, the stakes have never been higher for the environment. 

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VISION House Seattle Cascades: The House the Experts Built

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 16, 2018 9:51:09 AM

It’s not often that the opportunity comes along to redefine sustainability and set a new standard for building green in the current marketplace. But that’s exactly what Green Builder Media is aspiring to do with the next project in our VISION House demonstration series, as we work with CR Herro, VP Innovation at Meritage Homes, to design and build a template that can be replicated across the country.

Green Builder Media has always endeavored to swing for the fences, with the goal of setting the standard for excellence in sustainability, quality, durability, intelligence, and wellness in the built environment.  Everything we do advances our mission to improve the performance of homes in North America.

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The Align Project Shines Bright at Solar Power International

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 27, 2018 12:10:57 PM

The Align Project, created by Green Builder Media and Austin-based prefab home builder, Kasita, made its debut this week at Solar Power International in Anaheim. Designed to educate people how to align our lifestyles with our values and environmental realities, the project stole the hearts and minds of attendees with its unique design, high performance products, smart technologies, clean mobility solutions, and compelling suggestions for enhanced sustainable living.

Green Builder Media partnered with prefab builder Kasita to develop The Align Project, a Rendezvous with Reality—a one-year housing exposition designed to challenge, disrupt, and re-imagine some of society’s most entrenched ideas about what it means to live the good life in the U.S.A. To do this, we’re dissecting the spaces we live in and the products that serve (and own) us, and challenging many so-called “common sense” ideas.

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Living In the Future’s Past: What Are We Hoping to Sustain?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 20, 2018 10:45:26 AM

Living in the Future’s Past, a new film by Academy Award winning actor Jeff Bridges and Director Susan Kucera, explores how cheap energy and animal instincts enabled us to create a system that prioritizes short-term thinking over the long-view, to the detriment of our species and our planet.  Do we have the ability to transform our behavior before it’s too late?

When most people think about Academy Award winning actor Jeff Bridges, they generally think about his classic roles in movies like The Big Lebowski, The Fabulous Baker Boys, and Crazy Heart.  But it turns out that “The Dude” is deeply concerned about the environment and the future of civilization, as evidenced in his latest film, Living in the Future’s Past

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Kasita CEO Ruminates on The Align Project and Small Footprint Living

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 13, 2018 11:42:22 AM

The Align Project is like no other housing exhibition you’ve experienced. Our mission is to disrupt, challenge and re-imagine some of society’s most entrenched ideas about what it means to live the good life in the U.S.A. To do this, we’re dissecting the spaces we live in, the products that serve (and own) us, and challenge many so-called “common sense” ideas.

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California Plans to Source Only Clean Energy by 2045

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 6, 2018 10:16:01 AM

Last week, the California State Assembly advanced a bill that would require the state to access 100% of its power from carbon-free energy sources by 2045, offering an example that other states may soon follow.

California took another important step away from fossil fuels last week when the State Assembly passed Senate Bill 100 (SB 100), mandating that electric utilities and other service providers generate 50% of their power from clean energy sources by 2027, 60% by 2030, and 100% by 2045. 

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EPA’s New Clean Power Plan: Are we Collateral Damage?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 30, 2018 9:50:15 AM

Albert Einstein astutely pointed out that “We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”, an axiom that is apparently lost on the current EPA leadership. How can we possibly address our runaway emissions problems by reversing fossil fuel regulations and eliminating key requirements to clean up coal-fired power plants?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) proposal, intended to replace the Clean Power Plan, giving states the authority to craft regulations for coal-burning power plants and eliminate “overly prescriptive and burdensome” requirements on “on-site, heat-rate efficiency improvements.”

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