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As a self-proclaimed nerd when it comes to all things “green,” this LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) AP is making a difference as a business woman and environmental steward. Easton Gardner is the Director of Commercial Advisory at Greener Dawn, a small but growing company that specializes in carbon footprint analysis, sustainability and LEED consulting and management. Easton works with owners and tenants on developing sustainability initiatives and focuses on strategies that set parameters for how to integrate green into both business and lifestyles.
This is not just a job for this vibrant citizen of the world, but a mission: Easton grew up among nature and is passionate about preserving it from environmental destruction. Her work allows her to take an active role in keeping nature in its natural state so that everyone can benefit. She receives great inspiration from her clients and calls this the “green light bulb moment.” These moments occur when the client gets the “call to action” to become more sustainable; it usually happens when their children catch them in environmental no-no’s.
It is no surprise that she has chosen this career path. Having spent her first eleven years on a family farm in Deming, New Mexico, Easton observed and analyzed nature in its finest state. But it wasn’t until she came acrosscross a book about green roofs in Taipei Taiwan, that she opened her eyes to the world. “I was pretty obsessed with ancient building techniques and the idea of green roofs across cityscapes to improve air quality and access to outdoor space,” she recalls. It also opened her mind to the concept of green building practices.
Easton’s family relocated to Sedona, Arizona and she went on to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Business Management & Entrepreneurship from Arizona State University. During this time she opted to study Spanish in Spain where she experienced the vegetative rooftops of Barcelona and basked in the wonders of Spanish architecture.
During college, Easton started a business in real estate with her family where she stayed in tune with her great love of the history of architecture and innovative design. Her career path also included working in Aspen for the US Forest Service where she was once again up close and personal with the elements.
Shortly after moving to the San Diego region, Easton pursued her LEED Accreditation and has since become Co-Chair of the Education Committee and Secretary of the Steering Committee for the local San Diego USGBC (United States Green Building Council) chapter. In this capacity she is able to inspire future LEED Associates in their quest to support green building practices.
On the horizon Easton envisions magnetic freeways where cars are moved by the pull of magnetic tracks. According to Easton, we are living in an era of The Jetsons where technology can help people coexist in a sustainable way, if we can truly determine sustainability.
When Easton is not working you may find her on her yoga mat or hiking with her dog Tabor enjoying North County Coastal San Diego where she now lives.