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Laura Steinbrink

Ms. Steinbrink has over eleven years of experience leading project teams to discover and implement sustainability goals in business and the built environment. She grew Emerald Built Environments over that time to an internationally-sought after partner to owners and their architects and project teams. Ms. Steinbrink excels at facilitating eco-charrettes and strategy sessions that align the owner’s business and financial objectives with their renovation and new construction projects thereby establishing clear goals and strategies for project delivery. Her experience spans heavy industry to retail, housing, commercial, education, medical facilities and roads and bridges.

The Strategic Advantage of ESG: How Sustainability Boosts Business

In a world where corporate sustainability has shifted from a nice-to-have to a must-have, the conversation among business leaders has pivoted sharply towards the importance of sustainability for business success.

Sustainability in Higher Education: A Growing Commitment and Its Benefits

It’s not surprising that we can look to higher education to find leaders in sustainability. Historically, colleges and universities are at the forefront of change. Research shows that sustainability was already a core consideration in many...

The Evolution of Sustainability: A Journey of Environmental Awareness

In today's society, there is a prevalent awareness and a growing level of comfort with the idea and terminology of sustainability. From coffee shops encouraging reusable cups to corporations reporting on the Environmental, Social, and Governance...

Making Every Drop Count: Water Scarcity in Manufacturing

Water is one of the most important resources on our planet it is a core component in nearly every industry and a requirement for life. However, water shortages across the U.S. are becoming a growing concern, with significant knock-on effects for...

The E in ESG: Shaping Sustainability in the Built Environment

ESG, which stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance, has become an area of focus for businesses of all types and sizes. ESG-focused companies adjust how they do business, how they share information and govern themselves, and what metrics...

Behind the Scenes of LEED Certification: Our Success Story

When we contemplated moving offices in 2021, our employees were clear: “Don’t bring us back to the office unless you walk the walk.” To our team at Emerald Built Environments, that commitment meant having LEED-certified offices. However, for a small...

Sustainable Building Finance: A Blueprint for Budget Mastery

In today's building sector, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations aren't just admirable goals — they're business imperatives. Stakeholders are no longer satisfied with a mere nod toward sustainability; they demand tangible...

Unveiling the Truth: 7 Sustainable Building Myths Busted

When discussing sustainability in the building industry, there's no denying its significance. However, just like in many sectors, it's riddled with misconceptions that hinder adoption. Differentiating between myths and reality is essential for all...

Working Sustainably Together: An Opportunity for NonProfits

Our purpose at Emerald is to develop a sustainable future, and we do it by providing services that improve performance in the built environment neighborhoods and communities and all building types, including industrial, mixed-use, retail,...