What's up in sustainability's trenches? Let me — and SBO's readers — know

Andy Giegerich, Portland Business Journal

Andy Giegerich is editor of Sustainable Business Oregon.

While I’ve only helmed the SBO desk for three months, I’ve quickly discovered that SBO readers are some of the more diverse and fascinating business types in Oregon.

You build electric vehicles, the batteries that charge them and the components that comprise their shells. You delve in renewable energy forms that even today seem barely imaginable. You design and construct buildings that use little power and minimal water. You also religiously reuse materials when those structures are being built.

You’re smart and inventive, and I’d like to know more about what you do.

Starting this week, we began publishing what I’m hoping is a series of blogs called “In the Trenches.” I’d like to find out what many of the industry’s unsung heroes are up to as your expertise and reach develop. For an example of what we’re seeking, we ran this piece this week on Ecova’s Brooke Mittermann. Brooke heads the firm’s energy and resource programs. She’s referred to at the Ecova shop as “The Princess of Energy.” You can read the blog, written by her co-worker Wendy Carhart, here:

I’m looking for similar submissions, written by peers or other observers, that run between 550 and 700 words. We’re happy to give you, the writer, your proper due (a byline, that is). And because these blogs will run in our Voices section on our website, we’ll also need a photo, of at least 1,000 dpi, of the person being profiled. Some of the entries may also make it into SBO’s print edition, which runs within the pages of the Portland Business Journal.

Please send your submissions to me at agiegerich@bizjournals.com. We’ll reserve the right to edit blogs for clarity and to ensure they fit within our guidelines. You can also email me for a copy of those guidelines.

I’m looking forward to getting to know more about you. So too, I’m sure, are your sustainability peers.

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