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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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Paul Hawken: How to Reverse Global Warming

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 15, 2018 12:42:55 PM

At Green Builder Media’s recent Sustainability Symposium 2018, sustainability pioneer Paul Hawken delivered a rousing keynote outlining a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming.

Paul Hawken is considered to be one of the fathers of sustainability. His early work, including the bestselling book Ecology of Commerce, effectively launched the corporate sustainability movement, inspiring business leaders across the globe, like Interface CEO Ray Anderson, to make major course corrections and craft blended strategies that took into account people, planet, and profit.

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Seizing America’s Renewable Energy Future

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 8, 2018 11:46:10 AM

At Green Builder Media’s recent Sustainability Symposium 2018, Governor Martin O’Malley outlined a plan to take our great nation to 100% renewable energy by 2050, and discusses our moral imperative for doing so.

Governor Martin O’Malley cares deeply about progress, peace, and sustainability—and has the track record to prove it.  As Mayor of Baltimore, he effectuated a dramatic reduction in crime in what was then the most violent city in America.  As Governor of Maryland, his policies reversed a 350-year decline in the health of the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. 

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HAPPENING NOW: Third Industrial Revolution

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 1, 2018 12:28:17 PM

At Green Builder Media’s recent Sustainability Symposium 2018, economist Jeremy Rifkin delivered a mind-blowing keynote outlining the transformation that our global economy is currently undergoing, with advances in communication, energy, and mobility solutions that will fundamentally change our built environment.

Jeremy Rifkin’s resume couldn’t be more impressive.  Economist, futurist, political advisor, sustainability activist, and lecturer at The Wharton School, Rifkin has written 20 bestselling books and helped heads of state in Europe and China craft long-term development plans for smart, sustainable cities.

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Trump Slaps Tariffs On Solar Cells: Is the U.S. Industry Doomed?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 25, 2018 9:25:28 AM

On Monday, President Trump announced his decision on the hotly debated solar trade case, imposing a 30% tariff on imported solar cells. While the decision will undoubtedly hinder the solar industry, the outcome wasn’t the worst case scenario.

After agonizing for months over the Section 201 trade case brought to the International Trade Commission by manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld Americas (ironically, both foreign-owned companies with U.S. operations), the solar industry is recalibrating in light of President Trump’s decision to impose a 30% tariff on crystalline-silicon solar cells, decreasing by 5% over the next three years until it reaches 15%.

The decision also includes a 2.5 gigawatt exemption for imported cells (there is still confusion about whether this exemption is applied to importing companies or countries.)

While the announcement certainly wasn’t good news for the solar industry, it wasn’t the worst case scenario—industry experts were bracing themselves for up to a 50% tariff.

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Innovation with Purpose: Hard Lessons Learned from CES

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 18, 2018 11:33:46 AM

Last week in Las Vegas, CES showcased, as always, a veritable garden of earthly delights. Artificial Intelligence and Alexa were everywhere. Autonomous cars zoomed around parking lots. 3D printers pumped out gadgets of every kind. Oceans of high-def TVs dazzled spectators with delightful images. Robots cleaned, virtual reality transported viewers to unimagined places, smart luggage trailed after its owners, and drones buzzed incessantly. But the real takeaway for some attendees this year wasn’t the whiz-bang of technology, it was something altogether different.

In a recent article in The Guardian, Olivia Solon points to the failure of CES 2018, lamenting that, despite all of the cool gadgets and devices, the show felt empty and without purpose.

“The annual tech trade show seems less about real innovation breakthroughs solving unmet needs and more about incrementally improved nice-to-haves for the 1%,” said Solon. “Given the other scandals that rocked the [technology] industry in 2017, including sexual harassment, poor factory working conditions and exploding batteries, and mounting evidence that people should spend less time glued to their devices, one might have hoped for a more cautious or conscientious display of mass consumerism. Here’s hoping for 2019.”

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It’s Showtime: Sustainability Symposium 2018 and Flex House at CES Are Here!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 4, 2018 2:49:06 PM

It’s the beginning of January, which can only mean one thing: CES! Ocean of innovation, CES boasts everything from autonomous cars to smart home devices to virtual reality to wearables to all things mobile. This year, CES doesn’t stand alone—the conference overlaps with Design and Construction week in Orlando, and Green Builder Media’s own Sustainability Symposium, which promises to be the sustainability event of the year!

Green Builder Media is bursting with excitement about two major events, both taking place next week.

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How Blockchain will Upend the Energy Market

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 21, 2017 12:18:46 PM

Heard of blockchain but not quite clear about what it is? Here is a down and dirty overview that will bring you up to speed in a flash about how it works, why it’s important, and how it will flip the energy industry on its head.

In case you’re not familiar with the concept of blockchain, it’s a distributed database (sometimes called a ledger), comprised of many connected computers, that follows a particular set of governing rules and deploys advanced cryptography to track data in such a way that the data can’t be changed retroactively. 

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Climate Action: The World Marches On Without Washington

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 14, 2017 1:50:05 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron summoned global leaders this week to Paris for the One Planet Summit to discuss enhanced climate adaption, mitigation, and mobilization solutions and marshal funding—and a lot of it—for large-scale climate action deployment. Washington wasn’t invited.

At the recent United Nations COP23 climate talks, the world responded decisively to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement with an impressive show of solidarity and escalated commitment to climate action.

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Two Can’t Miss Events: Sustainability Symposium 2018 and Flex House at CES

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 7, 2017 10:56:52 AM

The Green Builder Media team is as busy as Santa’s fleet of helpers preparing for two major events in early January—the Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change and the Flex House at CES. If you’re going to be in Orlando or Vegas (or both!) for Design & Construction Week or CES, or if you just want an excuse for a meaningful post-holiday getaway, please join us!

In case you haven’t noticed, Green Builder Media is bursting with excitement as we get ready for two prominent events that will take place in early January.

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Sustainability Symposium 2018: An Event that Matters

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 30, 2017 11:57:24 AM

Let’s face it—not all events are created equal. Green Builder Media’s upcoming Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change, co-hosted with Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando on January 8, promises to be one of the most important and inspiring engagements of the year. If you truly care about a sustainable future and want to participate in the development of strategies for the transition to a zero carbon economy, this is a can’t-miss opportunity.

Green Builder Media has enjoyed the privilege of planning and hosting numerous events over the past decade.  We always endeavor to create compelling thought leadership summits that expand the mind and arouse the soul.

Our Sustainability Symposium 2018: Champions of Change promises to be our most meaningful event yet, brimming with an undeniable lineup of true visionaries who are facilitating leading-edge projects and affecting tangible change. 

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A Few of My Favorite Things

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 21, 2017 10:44:19 AM

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are lovely, but I’ll take global socio-economic transformation any day.

It’s that time of year to give thanks. 

I’m appreciative of the evolution that is unfolding around us, with sustainability finally reaching a tipping point and countries, states, cities, and companies across the globe making bold commitments to reduce carbon emissions and adopt clean technologies. 

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Climate Talks: One Nation—Divided, but not Diminished

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 16, 2017 9:44:40 AM

With a vocal group of American politicians, sustainability advocates, and business leaders receiving more attention than the official U.S. delegation, a staged protest that halted a pro-fossil fuel panel, and overwhelming credence and support offered to the “We are Still In” coalition, the COP23 climate talks aren’t going the way that the Trump Administration had planned.

The 23rd session of the United Nations Conference of the Parties, or COP23, underway this week in Bonn, Germany, has, in its own way, represented a watershed moment for climate action.

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COP23 Climate Talks in Bonn Next Week: What can we Expect?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 2, 2017 8:22:42 AM

Next week, world leaders will gather together for the COP23—the next round of international climate talks. With every country across the globe except Syria and the U.S.A. supporting the Paris Agreement, will our nation’s delegation, with its isolationist approach, be scorned?

The COP23 summit, scheduled to be held next week in Bonn, Germany, marks the two year anniversary of the Paris Agreement. 

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