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Sandy Wiggins works at the intersection of three movements – green building, new economies, and thriving resilient communities. His company, Consilience, is a national consultancy with a mission to build environmentally, socially and economically sustainable buildings and communities.
After decades as a traditional and highly successful developer, Sandy reinvented himself as a leader in sustainability in a deep and thoughtful way. He was a pioneer and a central figure in the global green building movement. He’s helped birth sustainable master plans. He’s led the US Green Building Council. His vision and leadership have been responsible for the development of one of the nation’s first Living Building Challenge projects and one of the first Living Community Challenge projects (still in development). And Sandy is responsible for the development of over sixty LEED-rated commercial buildings and the nation’s first LEED gold certified homes, which were also net zero energy consumers. Sandy’s personal epiphany has and will continue to impact many lives.
Together, on this podcast, Eve and Sandy explore what it means to save the planet, through a developer’s eyes.
Insights and Inspirations
- Sandy played a huge role in shaping LEED as we know it.
- Making change takes a long time. It’s been a 25 year journey for Sandy.
- There are lots of pathways people can follow to build green buildings today including LEED, the Well Being Standard, Net Zero, Passive House and more.
- We’ve lagged in addressing issues of social equity and that must come next.
Information and Links
- Sandy is particularly proud of this green building development for the Friends Center and Project Aerzen (wait for the second half).
- He’s been working on the Antioch College Village co-housing project for a number of years. It’s kicking with a pocket neighborhood pilot project.
- Other projects that Sandy has had a hand in include the Stroud Water Research Center and the living certified Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Environmental Center.
- Sandy thinks you should know about the New Story Hub, the International Future Living Institute, The Great Transition, Future Tide Partners and Science & NonDuality.
Image courtesy of Sandy Wiggins