Sustainability

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I really, really love trees.

“We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”
Paul Newman

  • I work remotely from my home office in Astoria, Oregon, conducting nearly all of my meetings via Google Hangout and by phone.
  • In my office, I use exclusively 100% recycled paper, print minimally, use business cards printed from recycled paper, and work off an Energy Star-certified Mac Pro.
  • My small home has an extremely low carbon footprint, having been retrofitted for maximum energy efficiency and sustainability, including:
    • All LED lighting + maximum use of natural light
    • All Energy Star appliances, electronics and windows
    • Zero-VOC paints
    • Rainwater collection (1,000 gallon tank) at disconnected downspout.
    • Edible landscaping in front, side, & back yards
    • Buying food from bulk aisles using my own containers
    • Canning, dehydrating, freezing and/or pickling to preserve the harvest.
    • Reflective roofing and no central A/C
    • Dual flush toilets + low flow faucets & showerheads throughout.
    • I am a certified Master Recycler, and am proud to say that we fill less than one 1 garbage can per month. We recycle, compost and eliminate purchases that create unnecessary waste.

* Professionally, I have been a longtime green advocate, spearheading Gold sustainability-at-work certification for Puppet, coordinating adidas North America headquarter’s first Earth Fair + initiating their first e-cycling event with Free Geek, co-chairing BPA’s sustainability employee engagement committee, and hired 75 employees for the energy efficiency consulting firm Ecos.

* In the community, I continue my wholehearted commitment to sustainability, mixing business with pleasure at events such as the Green Professionals Conference and GoGreen, volunteering at City Repair Earth Day, and over the years have spoken on a number of green career panels including PSU, Lewis & Clark, and AEA.

* And, of course, I am an avid blogger, writing about my experiences in the world, careers, garden, home, family, bicycling, and posting a weekly column Eco-licious, dedicated to spreading the word about environmental and social issues, products and philosophies close to my heart.

I work to live, therefore what I do in the 9 to 5 must integrate with who I am as a person and what I believe in. I’ve been a member of the NRDC for 25+ years and am inspired by what they have done for the world. I continue to learn from those around me who set amazing examples in their personal lives, in their communities and in their workplaces.

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