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117 | What a Great Time to Be Alive

Eric Corey Freed is an American architect, author and advocate for green design and sustainability. For decades, Freed has advocated for aggressive green strategies to transform our buildings and cities for a new future. His work most often takes the form of a kind of advocacy – advising clients (from individuals to corporations to cities) and helping them challenge their own assumptions about how and why we build.

117 | What a Great Time to Be Alive

Freed currently serves as the ‘Sustainability Disruptor’ at Morrison Hershfield. Previously he served as Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, a nonprofit that helps cities and developers create regenerative, resilient and socially equitable neighborhoods for everyone, and Vice President of the International Living Future Institute, a nonprofit that developed the Living Building Challenge, a global, regenerative, deep green building standard.

Freed is the author of 11 books, including “Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies”, a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, and “Sustainable School Architecture.” His how-to book, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Freed is the recipient of many awards; named by San Francisco Magazine “Best Green Architect” in 2005; “Best Visionary” in 2007; and “Green Visionary” by 7×7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.”

We were fortunate enough to catch up with Freed on our podcast Social Design Insights, where we discussed the state of the union in green design, and the bold actions necessary when designing green. Have a listen at the link above.


Our opening theme music for 2019 is "Bang Bang" and our closing theme is "Salvame" both by Eljuri from her album "La Lucha." The break music for this episode is "Portland Oregon" by Loretta Lynn from her album "Van Lear Rose."