Columnists: 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.

Climate Change Builds the Case for Increased Resiliency

Unfortunately, floods and fires that were once considered 500 and 1,000 year events are occurring on a 5 to 10 year basis, and experts project that the frequency and intensity will only continue to increase.

Smart Tech Takes Over, Bolstered By Record Investment

Smart, clean technologies have taken the market by storm, promising to change our built environment and grid infrastructure forever. Commanding over $430 million in venture capital in just the second quarter of 2016 alone, it has already been a banner year for these enabling technologies.

Tesla’s Takeover: Creating the First Integrated Energy Company

Is Tesla’s recently submitted offer to purchase SolarCity, valued at $2.8 billion, a grand plan to create an integrated energy company, or a last ditch attempt to save an empire deeply in debt?

China and India: Doing the Unimaginable to Address Climate Change

In the four months since the United Nation’s COP21 meetings in Paris, China and India have taken huge strides in their quest to reduce carbon, improve air quality, and shift to a sustainable economy. Climate action has never been so en vogue. Last Friday, 175 nations signed the Paris accord, using Earth Day as the   …Continue Reading

The Post-Oil Era: Led by Saudi Arabia?

It comes as no surprise that the world’s largest company, Saudi Aramco, is a Saudi Arabian state-owned oil empire worth trillions of dollars.  What’s unexpected is the behemoth’s plans to divest from its own oil resources, with the ultimate goal of weaning the country off its dependency on fossil fuels. Saudi Arabia sees the writing   …Continue Reading

Does Warren Buffet Have a Conflict When it Comes to Renewables?

Warren Buffet has been slammed by the media lately for waging an outrageous war on solar. But a recent shareholder letter reveals that his perspective on renewables is purely clinical and unflinchingly focused on the bottom line. Warren Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been the focus of an embroiled battle against solar in Nevada. One   …Continue Reading

Flint Water Crisis Uncovers Ignoble Decisions and Neglect of Existing Enviro Regs

The Flint water crisis has uncovered the most ignoble aspects of human decision making and a complete indifference to an already marginalized community. It also exposed the blatant neglect of existing environmental regulations—namely, the Federal Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Water Quality Act. If the Flint River had been managed   …Continue Reading

The War on Solar

Fossil fuel interests are waging a shady war on solar through backroom transactions and bootleg deals. How long will they be able to rig the game? Eighty-four percent of US voters are in favor of “taking action to accelerate the development and use of clean energy”, but major fossil fuel interests don’t care as long   …Continue Reading

A Clean Energy Future in Sight

President Obama sees the pathway to a clean energy future and confronts fossil fuel interests that are blocking progress and stifling free markets. With the Paris Climate COP only months away, the heat is on world leaders to back big talk with viable plans for future climate action. Earlier this week, President Obama, at the   …Continue Reading

Solar On and Under Fire

Solar is soaring, but some are stopping at no end to stall its success. Solar is on fire. According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Energy Infrastructure Report, solar and wind represented 100 percent of the nation’s new generating capacity in April. The US Energy Information Agency reports that, among the US renewable portfolio,   …Continue Reading