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The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti

Jun 15, 2022

Lauren Sparandara has over 15 years of experience as a green building leader where she has been a champion for green building projects in California and across the globe. For the past eight years she has worked for Google’s Real Estate and Workplace Services team where she is currently a Bay Area Sustainability Partner. In her role she advances Google's efforts to optimize our built environments for the health and performance of Googlers and the natural environment. For the six years prior to Google, she was a Senior Green Building Consultant for the DNV GL Group. Mrs. Sparandara obtained her environmental management degree from Yale University and her architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a LEED Fellow and Living Future Hero.

She has taught many green building courses and contributed to a variety of green building publications, blogs and podcasts. Over her career, she has volunteered with sustainability rebuilding efforts at Historic Green in New Orleans, was appointed to be part of the City of Mountain View’s Sustainability Task Force, and was a member of the USGBC Materials and Resources Tag.

Show Highlights

  • A visionary approach to thinking about buildings.
  • The challenge and honor of working at a place like Google with regard to green building projects and opportunity.  
  • Lauren unpacks her role as Bay Area Sustainability Partner within the Real Estate and Workplace Services team at Google to unite workstreams. 
  • Determine best practices and minimum sustainability building goals on diverse projects.
  • Key components to circularity and sustainability. 
  • The exciting challenge of building and selecting materials to meet California and Google mandates. 
  • Work towards the interconnected components of the sustainability spectrum. 
  • Lauren shares a powerful list of women who supported her journey to becoming a LEED Fellow. 

“We want to stay focused on this idea of how interconnected everything is.  I think sustainability professionals are really smart and experienced at this, but we don't want to lose sight of the other elements like circularity, health, materials, ecology, biodiversity, water. All these different components of sustainability.”

-Lauren Sparandara

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