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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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Hard Choices Ahead

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 18, 2019 11:12:06 AM

As climate change puts more cities and communities at risk of flooding, wildfire, super storms, drought, and other cataclysmic natural events, which areas will be hardest hit, and who foots the bill?

From coast to coast, U.S. cities are being brutalized by climate change.  As the toll of destruction escalates, lives are torn apart and costs skyrocket. 

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Lucky Seven: Green Builder Wins Again!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 11, 2019 11:01:38 AM

With humility and delight, Green Builder magazine proudly accepts the award for Best Trade Publication for the seventh year in a row from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE).  A hearty congratulations to our stalwart editorial team, and a sincere thank you to NAREE, as well as our readers, advertisers, partners, and friends, for your continued support and contribution to our ongoing success.

Since our launch in 2005, Green Builder Media has helped set the standard for excellence in sustainability, quality, resiliency, and wellness in the built environment.  There are many things that differentiate Green Builder Media, beginning with our unwavering commitment to and passion for making the world better, cleaner, healthier, and more efficient. 

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United We Stand?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 3, 2019 1:00:11 PM

Our nation is embroiled in divisive conflict over formidable issues ranging from immigration to abortion to race equality to climate change.  On this July 4th holiday, perhaps we can take a moment to remember what unites us and celebrate the basic freedoms we enjoy that allow us to express our opinions with such conviction.

The remote mountain town in southwestern Colorado that I live in is stunning at this time of year.  The rushing river, exquisite wildflowers, abundant wildlife, and robust forests comprise an undeniable testament to all that is good and peaceful in the world.

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New York Sets Climate Standard

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jun 27, 2019 2:42:34 PM

Led by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York lawmakers reached a deal last week to pass a historic climate plan that would create a net zero economy, effectively eliminating greenhouse gas emissions within the state by 2050.

New York just raised the bar on climate action.  With the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the state plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 85% (when compared to 1990 levels) by 2050 and offset the remaining 15% through carbon capture measures.

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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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