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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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Top Financial Regulator Equates Climate Change Risk to 2008 Financial Crisis

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jun 13, 2019 1:15:33 PM

Rostin Behnam, a top financial regulator and member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, is sounding the alarm, urging the public to understand the risks associated with climate change, comparing them to the mortgage meltdown that led to the Great Recession.

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Initial Learnings from the VISION House Seattle Cascades

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jun 6, 2019 11:23:27 AM

As Green Builder Media embarks on our next extraordinary demonstration project, the VISION House Seattle Cascades with Meritage Homes VP Innovation CR Herro, we fully embrace the exquisite joys and agonizing realities of building in today’s market.

There’s nothing quite like designing and building one’s dream home—fashioning the glimmer of an idea, the concept of a state of being, into a delightful structure that comforts the mind and manifests the soul.

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A New Zeitgeist: From Climate Change to Climate Crisis

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 30, 2019 11:01:13 AM

A myriad of scientific findings indicate that we have entered a state of alarming climate emergency.  Appropriate action must ensue. 

In October, 2018, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report that clearly stated that we have about a decade to reduce carbon dioxide levels by 50% by 2030 in order to avoid environmental catastrophe.  The report urged policy makers to implement sweeping regulation in all sectors of the economy with the goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 45% of 2010 levels within 12 years and reaching carbon neutrality on a global scale by 2050. 

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Global Plastic Plague Reaches Epidemic Proportions

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 16, 2019 1:03:26 PM

Intrepid American explorer Victor Vescovo journeyed to the bottom of the sea, and what did he find?  Plastic.  Aside from the heartbreaking fact that the everlasting material can now be found in the most remote places of the planet, here is why it’s important to humanity.

It’s official: from the highest mountain peaks to the depths of the ocean floor, our planet is covered in plastic. 

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Mass Extinctions: What is the Value of Life?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 9, 2019 9:56:21 AM

The United Nations just released a report confirming that one million essential plant and animal species are on the brink of extinction due to destructive farming practices, excessive hunting activities, carbon emissions, and climate change.  How can we be so complacent about such a colossal loss of life?

Earlier this week, the United Nations released the results of their Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, compiled by hundreds of international scientists based on thousands of field studies, verifying that “Human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than ever before.”

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Calling All True Thought Leaders, Visionaries, and Agents of Change!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 2, 2019 2:09:34 PM

Green Builder Media is delighted to announce our fourth annual Sustainability Symposium 2020, scheduled for the auspicious date of January 20, 2020 in Las Vegas.  If you have creative solutions that address the nexus between sustainability, social justice, and economic prosperity, we encourage you to submit a presentation proposal today!

The National Academy of Sciences confirms that climate change has exacerbated global social and economic inequality.  Understanding the causes of these disparities is critical for achieving equitable communities, because sustainable communities embody more than energy efficiency, water conservation, smart technologies, and renewables.  They also protect the human condition, providing the fundamentals for people to live vibrantly and with dignity. 

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Solving for Energy and Water: Progress from Coast to Coast

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 25, 2019 2:11:25 PM

From California to New York, codes, mandates, programs, and projects are ushering in a new era of sustainability, tackling the most critical issues related to the built environment: energy and water. 

With each incremental code, policy, incentive, and program, California continues to blaze a trail with regard to sustainable living.  From banning single-use plastics to increasing electric vehicle requirements to implementing strict regulations designed to enhance the performance of the built environment, California is making headway in its enduring quest for a more sustainable future, despite facing opposition from Washington at every turn.

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Demand Side Energy Management: Why it Matters

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 4, 2019 10:17:31 AM

Demand Side Energy Management (DSM) is the hidden hero of energy efficiency, cost savings, and grid optimization.  While the term sounds esoteric and even a little boring, the reality of DSM is quite exciting.  Here’s the skinny on what it means, how it works, and why you should care.

Demand Side Energy Management, or DSM, is all the rage in sustainable development these days.  DSM refers to the modification of energy demand through behavioral change and load shifting.  DSM enables homeowners and building occupants to reduce energy use during peak hours, shifting energy use to off-peak times (such as nighttime and weekends.)

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The Floods are Coming: Are you Ready?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 28, 2019 1:11:39 PM

Scientists predict record-breaking floods resulting from a snowy winter and wet spring.  Are you prepared for the deluge?

Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its annual Spring Flood Outlook, which predicts epic flooding across the country this spring due to a unique blend of excessive winter snowfall, rapid snowmelt, heavy spring rains, and saturated soil.

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Water: Limiting Factor to Growth

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 21, 2019 10:13:05 AM

At Green Builder Media’s recent Sustainability Symposium 2019, former Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association Executive Director Kim Shanahan shared his insights about the future of the building industry, limits to growth, and the most critical topic of our time: water.

They say that once a builder, always a builder.  But this outspoken, pioneering, hero of sustainability has broken the mold.  As the former Executive Officer of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association (SFAHBA), Kim Shanahan had the unique opportunity not just to show by example how to build high performance, water-saving, durable homes, but he has also been able to influence the industry from the inside.

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Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Predicts Radical Disruption in Building Industry

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 14, 2019 10:10:04 AM

At Green Builder Media’s recent Sustainability Symposium 2019, pioneering venture capitalist Andrew Beebe explored innovative, enabling technologies that are transforming the built environment, transportation, and cities.

Andrew Beebe is an uncommon venture capitalist.  With a deep background in the solar industry, Beebe has played a pivotal role over the past two decades in the advancement and adoption of renewable energy across the globe.  Now a Partner at Silicon Valley-based Obvious Ventures, Beebe spends his time investigating disruptive technologies that will propel us towards a sustainable future.

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General Wesley Clark: Climate Action is Imperative for Global Security and Economic Stability

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 28, 2019 10:58:09 AM

At Green Builder Media’s recent Sustainability Symposium 2019, General Wesley Clark outlined, in no uncertain terms, the urgent need for climate action to protect our economy, our society, and the very future of our planet.

Last week, Green Builder Media held our third annual Sustainability Symposium.  The agenda was jam-packed with luminary presenters who shared extraordinary ideas and remarkable insights related to the transition to a sustainable future. 

General Wesley Clark, retired Four-Star General, Army Chief of Staff, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, presented the opening keynote, kicking off the day with an informed and eloquent overview of the imperative of climate action. 

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Green Builder Media Celebrates our 11th annual Home of the Year Winners!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 14, 2019 11:56:41 AM

Green Builder Media recently announced the winners of our 11th annual Green Home of the Year Awards.  This year’s winning selections delight and inspire, offering a glimpse into what a sustainable future with a truly high performance built environment will look like.

The winners of Green Builder Media’s 11th annual Green Home of the Year Awards include a spectrum of beautiful residential projects that showcase pioneering green products, advanced technologies, renewable energy, building science best practices, and forward-thinking design strategies. 

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