For a while now, I’ve been working in the built environment and observing how “sustainability” has grown as a focal point. Yet with all the talk of “green”, it seems to have left a bit of a bad taste in the mouth, causing me to question what’s become of this term “sustainability”.
Let me give you an example – Last year I calculated that it would take a $200k to $250k solar heating or solar electric system to be installed in order to “offset” all the driving that my company/employee’s did installing solar heating systems in the first palce… So is what we’re doing a win for the environment, a “nice to have”, or actually a loss?
And so this, and many other questions got me thinking… and that’s where this journey began. This project will most likely take both you and I on an interesting journey looking into the ideas, problems, opportunities, failures, wins and experiences of pursuing a better way of engaging with our environment, our communities and our companies.
I’m originally from Australia, born and raised in Melbourne – and now live in the USA in the lovely state of Maine with my wife and 3 kids. My company Shift Energy is a solar heating company that specializes in larger scale commercial and industrial solar heating projects. I spend most of my time exploring opportunities and developing solutions with Shift Energy, and try my best to carve out a few hours each week to crank out an episode of Sustainacast.
I’m genuinely excited to see where this project goes, and just thankful that you’ve found it and that I have the opportunity to do it!
If you’d like to contact me to share ideas for the show, feedback, ways to improve it or to work with me please email me at;
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2 Main St, #17-302T
Biddeford, ME 04005