Established in 2010, we help nonprofits, NGO’s and corporations use design to create more energy-efficient healthy and resilient buildings.
We are a woman-owned for-benefit corporation whose mission is to facilitate the reduction and elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment.
Included in our mission is the social impact goal to reduce fossil fuel consumption from buildings to the point that it will enable the closure of coal-fired power plants which are often located in low-income neighbourhoods and cause respiratory issues. Closing coal-fired plants is critical in enabling Black and other minorities in having a safe and healthy living environment. We must shift off of fossil fuels quickly in order to limit warming to 1.5oC, or even 2.5oC, and in order to do so, we must transform our society to an equitable one.
How do we do this? We look at buildings differently.
We start by using our exclusive organizational change and development tools to determine your organizational values and goals for the project. This is much more than a checklist. Not only is the typical payback, ROI, or NPV included, but we also do a carbon risk management assessment.
Knowing the goals, we go right down into the design process with your design team. We know where and when to use state-of-the-art energy, daylight and hygrothermal modelling to ensure your building will be truly high-performance.
Sandra Leigh Lester
BTech (ArchSci) MCOD ARIDO IDC CSBA PTS ZIN BAT HLC LEED AP BD+C
Founder & CEO
Hi, I’m Sandra. I’m a sustainable design guru that has created many game-changing projects that have set precedents and have won, in total, over seventy-five awards.
When I was eleven, my life suddenly changed after an F4 tornado struck my town and my family went to help. It was like a war zone. I have been emotionally connected to weather disasters ever since and it explains why I am so passionate about mitigating the effects of climate change.
My architectural design thesis at Ryerson University was, “Exogenesis: a manned mission to Mars” and that was back in 1994… so I am a futurist that has since decided that we should focus on fixing things here on Earth. As an optimist, I believe that we can enable our society to lessen the impacts of climate change by significantly changing how we manage our built environment.
Decades of design experience, my qualifications as a registered Designer for interior spaces and small buildings (ARIDO IDC) and a Masters Certificate in Organization Development (MCOD) enable me to help my clients to use design as a tool to reach their high-performance potential.
I am a LEED-Accredited Professional with a Specialty in Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C) and I taught the LEED-accreditation prep course for HOK Architects. But there is more to sustainability than LEED, so I became a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (CSBA) and taught the Certified Sustainable Building Advisor course for the Canada Green Building Council.
I have a passion for health and wellbeing, and I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Zumba Instructor, and a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach.
In my spare time I advocate for climate change solutions and run the non-profit, Cleantech Innovation Centre. I was a volunteer Community Engagement Leader for Project Neutral. I have been trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader and I am available for speaking engagements upon request.
Our CEO, Sandra Leigh Lester, has worked with, been seen on, or has spoken at the following conferences: