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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.

What’s Your Carbon Standard?

It is widely accepted that to avoid total environmental collapse, human-generated greenhouse gas emissions need to reach net-zero no later than 2050. Carbon accounting will play a crucial role in these decarbonization efforts across the corporate...

U.S. Military Marching Towards Net Zero

Environmental sustainability is a growing theme in boardrooms across the U.S. while consumers and investors demand that businesses do more to assess and improve their impact on the environment. This growth in environmentally conscious business is...

The Inflation Reduction Act Expands Tax Incentives For Sustainability

President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) into law in August of this year. While it is under the header of inflation, the act does much more than just target the rising inflation the U.S. has seen throughout 2022. In...

Sustainability Certifications Are Not JUST for Buildings

While most people in the sustainability space are familiar with sustainability certifications that apply to buildings such as LEED, NGBS, and Green Globes many don’t know about certifications for outdoor spaces and structures. SITES and...

Don't Be a Drip! Water Efficiency is Easy!

When it comes to the natural resources that a building uses, water is always at the top of the list. Some communities across America are particularly challenged either by a lack of resources or failing infrastructure. For example, Phoenix and its...

Sustainability and a 6-Pack

In the Northern Hemisphere, the autumn season brings a time to enjoy the crisp leaves, cooler weather, and holiday festivities - including Oktoberfest! While fall is still a lovely season for some, the climate is changing, and extreme weather events...

Schools Are the Building Blocks of Our Sustainable Future

What does the future hold for our kids (and their kids) in a world where the planet's health is at risk? Across all facets of life, sustainability is coming to the forefront of the public consciousness as we consider the danger climate change brings...

Old, Historic, and Now Sustainable

Historic buildings are beautiful and connect us with history. There is a lot of value in preserving old architecture so that it can be appreciated for generations to come. But how can these sites maintain relevance in the 21st century where...

Our Path to Net Zero Carbon

Emerald’s core value, Eye of the Tiger, often affords us the opportunity to challenge third-party verifiers about the factual basis or efficacy of rules and regulations. As advocates for our clients, if a sustainable rating system has not yet...