Interview with Seth Leitman on Green Living, Green Technology and Environmental Issues

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The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. He love to writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more.

Here is our Conversation with Him

Q1. You have done a lot of research on Green Companies, you even have a list of approved green companies. What criteria do you use before giving a company the green light?

Seth Leitman: There are a few.  Are they the most energy efficient, do they actually do what they say, does it meet all the Standards it claims to etc. If so and they are a solar company, they have to be one of the best versus just a company. The number of businesses will grow over time but it has to include companies that are more than just a good one.

Q2. You have been involved in consulting for the transfer to a greener style of living in America but also in a number of other countries. How do you find the difference in approach to green living in countries often with very different cultures?

Seth Leitman: Ah. Interesting question. I think the universal notion of saving cash, an organic non GMO product or saving energy while saving the environment does well in any country.

Q3. How do you appraise the green credentials of the current crop of potential presidential candidates?

Seth Leitman: Um yeah I try to stay out of politics. However, we know Bernie and Hillary like Green energy but it seems Hillary works with Monsanto. Donald Trump buildings usually are all LEED Certified but you have to vote on who you think will represent the Country and everyone   I’m keeping my vote to myself.

Q4. We all consume resources, and to varying degrees we all excerpt strain on the environment. How do you define sustainable living and can you recommend some simple changes that everyone can make in their everyday lives to be ‘greener’ citizens?

Seth Leitman: Great question.  Yes it’s a bit simpler than people think. Start recycling more. Just a bit more. Then get LED lighting or add a bit more insulation in the roof or add low flow water showerheads. One you saw the savings in your bill or you eat more organic and feel better or healthy; you’ll then want to do more and more. I have been able to see people save money and also cut their medicine intake from eating right. Going green helps folks.

Q5. What is the best example of ingenuity and/or ambitious project you have seen in recent years, whether it be from an economic standpoint or technological one?

Seth Leitman: Tesla, Solar City, Tesla Wall and for a project I’ll say Solarize Hudson Valley in NY. With local involvement and tight deadlines, this group with my assistance got over 1MW installed in less than 11 mos.

Q6. Green technology is clearly an area of interest to you and one with massive potential from a commercial and environmental standpoint. What do you consider to be the next great frontier for green technology?

Seth Leitman: Energy storage, vehicle to grid usage with electric cars and finding the next great lithium type battery technology

Q7. You have chosen an interesting career path, what originally stirred your interest in all things green?

Seth Leitman: I always was interested in the environment. Yet, when I went for my Master Degree I realized how government and international agencies plus the private sector working together was essential. Then I was “all in” as they say.

Q8. Have you in any way changed in your beliefs and/or approach to environmental issues over the years?

Seth Leitman: Much more focus on healthy living and non GMO. I am coming out with a line of green smoothie and vitamins with a partner soon because without your health and the environment you have nothing.

Q9. Are you hopeful for positive change to come from the recent Paris agreement on climate change targets?

Seth Leitman: I don’t look at targets. I look at results. The costs are outweighing everything so solar on a grand scale is occurring. Electric cars save on energy. That’s why over 500,000 people put down $1,000 for a Model 3 Tesla EV. Wind power has more potential on a large scale and farms are being installed. That’s what gets me going.

Q10. In the UK the BREEAM standard is something of an equivalent to LEED:

a. To what extent do you feel central leadership from government funded programmes like these have on promoting a greener philosophy of building?

Seth Leitman:  I think it’s ok but more private sector involvement is always great since they make the products to help save energy in our buildings. Also the central government needs to include more green leaders than they do. It’s too much to talk about in a short interview but let’s just say government sometimes needs to get out of the way and let humans that are leading the way to Lead. Not the head of an agency.

b. Are you familiar with the BREEAM standard? How does it compare to the LEED criteria?

Seth Leitman: Not to familiar but I do know LEED.

c. Are there any commercial incentives to companies to achieve LEED certification?

Seth Leitman: There are a lot of incentives but when a company doesn’t have to pay for energy or water, that’s all the incentive needed for any CEO or CFO.

Thanks,

Green Energy Scotland Ltd.

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