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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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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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Puerto Rico: State of Chaos

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 26, 2017 10:17:32 AM

Five weeks after Hurricane Maria, 70% of Puerto Rico remains without power. While the recent announcement regarding the rebuilding of the Puerto Rican grid by a small company out of Whitefish, Montana may bring some short-term relief to residents, the news certainly raises many long-term questions around ongoing grid resiliency and reliability. And an even bigger question looms—who will pay?

Even before Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s power infrastructure was precarious at best.  The entity in charge of the commonwealth’s electricity delivery, the Puerto Rico Public Power Authority (PREPA), had been suffocating under a mountain of crippling debt (in the range of $10 billion.) 

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EPA Moves to Repeal Clean Power Plan: How Much Will It Matter?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 12, 2017 11:28:02 AM

Earlier this week, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt confirmed that he will sign a rule to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a signature environmental policy from the Obama administration focused on cutting U.S. carbon emissions. But given the shifting dynamics of the market, this decision might not have the intended impact.

In 2015, the EPA published a final rule to enforce the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel power plants by 32% by 2030.  The rule set targets based on each state’s unique blend of power generation, allowing states to determine how to most effectively meet the targets.

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Coming Soon: An All Electric Vehicle Future

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 5, 2017 10:11:56 AM

Countries like France, Britain, India, and China are implementing sweeping clean vehicle regulations, driving demand for electric cars and innovative mobility solutions. Automotive companies are responding with dramatic plans to shift their portfolios and phase out gas and diesel powered motors.

In July, Volvo rocked the automotive industry with the unveiling of a plan to completely phase out combustion engines, shifting fully to electric and hybrid motors by 2024.

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Is the U.S. Solar Industry About to Collapse?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 28, 2017 12:11:57 PM

Last week, the International Trade Commission ruled that the importation of low-cost solar panels meaningfully harmed U.S. manufacturers. The case will now go to President Trump, who will decide whether or not to issue steep tariffs on foreign made panels—a move that would make U.S. solar panels the most expensive in the world and could effectively strangle the industry nation-wide.

Last Friday, the International Trade Commission (ITC) unanimously ruled in favor of a petition issued by U.S.-based solar panel manufacturers Suniva and SolarWorld to place a $.40/watt tariff on imported crystalline silicon solar panels, with a minimum price of $.78/watt, arguing that the glut of inexpensive foreign panels materially harmed the American companies. 

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Willing to Change?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 20, 2017 3:14:09 PM

With battering hurricanes and raging wildfires from coast to coast, one would think that our nation would be clamoring to increase the safety, resiliency, and independence of our built environment. Unfortunately, it’s unclear how open we are to learning from these disasters, changing our approach, and rebuilding with resiliency in mind.

Only partway through historic hurricane and wildfire seasons, the verdict is still out about how willing we are to respond to climate change, build more responsibly, and curb our use of fossil fuels.

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Flex House Expected to Shine Bright in Vegas at Solar Power International

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 7, 2017 11:53:48 AM

Green Builder Media and Shelter Dynamics are bringing the Flex House, our small-footprint, net-zero energy, solar powered demonstration home, to Solar Power International next week. We anticipate that the home, once again, will steal the hearts and minds of attendees with its unique design, high performance products, and smart technologies.

Green Builder Media partnered with specialty modular builder Shelter Dynamics to showcase the concept of “Right Sized Living” with the Flex House

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Harvey: Heartbreak, Horror, and Hard Realities

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 31, 2017 12:31:49 PM

With its three battering landfalls, Hurricane Harvey has spilled over 9 trillion gallons of rain, wiped out communities, and caused countless casualties—with a quickly rising death toll. In the aftermath of the superstorm, victims will reconstruct their lives. But should they rebuild their homes?

Harvey has rendered us speechless.  With heavy hearts, we send thoughts, prayers, and donations to our friends and colleagues in Texas, hoping that our support will, in some small way, ease their inconceivable suffering.

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Love in a Time of Chaos

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 22, 2017 12:04:08 PM

This blog was originally published February 2, 2017.  Recent events have made it worth republishing.  

In a time of great tumult, I have adopted one of Martin Luther King’s best quotes as my mantra: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

I look at the world around me, and I see madness everywhere.  Fear is in the air.  A new level of hatred has been unleashed. 

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Green Builder Media Congratulates 2017 Eco-Leaders

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 17, 2017 10:18:55 AM

Each year, Green Builder Media’s editorial team recognizes pioneering companies that are confronting environmental challenges in innovative ways. This year’s Eco-Leader selections don’t disappoint—with breakthrough technologies and inventive approaches to reducing our collective footprint, these organizations are paving the way to a sustainable future.

This year’s chosen Eco-Leaders understand the competitive advantage of sustainability.  These inspired companies have developed advanced products, enabling technologies and innovative manufacturing processes that reduce our environmental footprint, improve people’s lives, and enhance profitability.

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Dear Green Builder Media Readers: We Asked, You Spoke

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 3, 2017 9:22:53 AM

The results of Green Builder Media’s recent Reader Survey are in. We knew that we reached a progressive, thought-leading audience. We just didn’t know how right we were—and how advanced you are!

We founded Green Builder Media in 2005 to affect positive change within and beyond the building industry.  Our competitors, the 10,000 pound publishing gorillas, said we’d never last.  They made presentations in front of large audiences claiming that green building was a fad, and that building professionals and homebuyers would never be interested in anything other than lowest upfront cost.  Boy, were they wrong.

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