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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. He holds over 20 years of experience in helping architects, builders and homeowners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country.

117 | What a Great Time to Be Alive

Eric Corey Freed is the Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. He has also helped thousands of companies monetize sustainability by showing them how to cut their real estate operations costs in half. 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. He also served as 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 credited with helping establish the Sustainable Design curricula at both Academy of Art University and University of California, Berkeley Extension Program

Freed is the author of 12 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 also 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.” Currently, he serves as the Director of Sustainability at CannonDesign

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."