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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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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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Join Green Builder Media at IBS/KBIS: free coffee and beer!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 12, 2019 4:35:27 PM

On Tuesday, February 19 through Thursday, February 21 at Design & Construction Week, Green Builder Media will showcase The Align Project—a stunning example of net-zero, small footprint, intelligent living, with the smartest home and mobility technologies all under one roof.  And did we mention free coffee and beer (see below for details)?!?!

While with us at The Align Project, you can talk with the Green Builder Media team and our partners—including innovative companies like Rheem, Jinko Solar, Toyota, DuPont, Tabuchi Electric, Andersen, Viega, Rockwool, Loxone, Delta Electronics, FLO by Moen, Corian Design, Trex, and Voltea—about the convergence of sustainability and technology in a right-sized-home that challenges entrenched ideas about how we live.

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Green Builder Media Takes Vegas By Storm!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 7, 2019 11:02:55 AM

If you’re planning to be in Las Vegas—or anywhere nearby—on February 17-21, you don’t want to miss Green Builder Media’s incredible lineup of festivities!  From a gala dinner celebrating the most innovative green building professionals to a knockout roster of global leaders during our Sustainability Symposium 2019 to the smartest net zero prefab house you’ve ever seen, we’ll will have something for everyone.

Green Builder Media is gearing up for one incredible week in Las Vegas—February 17-21, 2019 will be chock-full with ideas, inspiration, and plenty of fun!

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The Wait is Over: Sustainability Symposium 2019 Agenda Unveiled!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 31, 2019 10:18:48 AM

Green Builder Media’s third annual Sustainability Symposium 2019 promises to be our best one yet.  Check out the star-studded agenda, filled with visionary leaders who are leading the transition to a sustainable future.

Green Builder Media has scheduled the Sustainability Symposium 2019: The Desert Shall Bloom on Monday, February 18 at the Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall  on the UNLV campus.  Trust me—you don’t want to miss this one.

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Pavlov’s Dilemma: The Quest for Relevancy

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 24, 2019 8:16:47 AM

How can our nation—and the building industry—possibly remain relevant if it continues to follow 20th century logic?

Last week, I was a guest at a lovely corporate event in Phoenix, AZ, during which I attended a session presented by a lead economist from well-known building industry publishing and data company. 

The economist offered a variety of interesting insights and financial projections: he anticipates a short-term pricing correction in the housing industry, shifting the market in the buyer’s favor.  He expects that the recent lowering of interest rates was only temporary, and that those rates will continue to increase over the coming year. 

 

He also expressed grave concern over our crumbling infrastructure, and he ardently asserted that the explosion of the national debt is the greatest threat to the long-term health of our economy.  

He hinted at a grand solution to address the ballooning debt crisis that he plans to reveal at the upcoming Design & Construction Week: flood the market with oil, bring down gas prices, and use the money for infrastructure projects.

The moment the words came out of his mouth, my heart sank.  “No, no, NO,” I screamed silently to myself.  And as I sat frozen in disbelief, all I could think of was that humanity simply cannot survive such a plan. 

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A Thrilling Agenda for 2019

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 3, 2019 11:34:36 AM

Amid pioneering demonstration homes, groundbreaking events, revolutionary market intelligence, and award-winning content, 2019 promises to be a sensational year for Green Builder Media.  Check out the exciting projects we have in the hopper!

Since our inception in 2005, Green Builder Media has helped set the standard for excellence in sustainability, quality, resiliency, and wellness in the built environment.  Everything that we do—from generating award-winning content, to developing cutting-edge demonstration homes, to hosting thought leadership events, to offering pioneering market intelligence, advances our goal of improving the performance of the built environment in North America.

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The Flex House is in Production!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 27, 2018 11:27:32 AM

In 2017, Green Builder Media and specialty modular builder Shelter Dynamics debuted the Flex House, a model for “Right-Sized” living in a small, flexible space that is connected, intelligent, resilient and sustainable.  After much anticipation, the Flex House is finally in production and available for purchase.   Order yours today!

Finely crafted by Shelter Dynamics, the Flex House embodies the concept of “Right Sized Living”.   At 768 square feet, the Flex House makes a big impression with its high ceilings, arched doorways, rounded corners, clerestory windows, and U-shaped flow.  The home has two bedrooms, full kitchen, dining nook, sizable living room, and full bathroom.

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The Align Project at CES: Convergence of Sustainable Living and Intuitive Technology

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 20, 2018 10:59:50 AM

Heading to CES in a few weeks?  Join Green Builder Media and our sponsors for a personal tour of The Align Project, a stunning example of net-zero, small footprint, solar-powered, intelligent living—with the smartest, most intuitive technology available today.

If you’ve never been to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), allow me to paint a picture for you—imagine Disneyland for tech geeks filled with endless gadgets that do almost anything you can think of, drones filling the skies, robots roaming the hallways that would make even Rosie from the Jetsons jealous, connected electric vehicles that run on solar power, Artificial Intelligence powered products that make your home smarter than you are, wearables that track your every biorhythm, and TVs, oh those illustrious high-def TVs, everywhere (literally, everywhere!) in a wall-to-wall jam-packed, high-energy sea of human invention. 

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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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