TCE 007: Nate Griswold, The Green Roof Conscious Entrepreneur

1508049_880982568593783_3966536344579400833_nThe Conscious Entrepreneur Podcast: COME ALIVE. BE THE CHANGE.
By Chelsea Bay, ACC: Coach, Consultant, Speaker, Designer, Conscious Entrepreneur.
TCE 007: Nate Griswold, The Green Roof Conscious Entrepreneur

The Conscious Entrepreneur Podcast is all about personal, inside stories from Conscious Entrepreneurs… what did they want to be as a kid? What path did they take to get where they are now, and what challenges did they face along the way?  Why they do what they do, and how does it fit with their passions, values and skills, and how does it make them come alive?

“I founded Inhabitect to provide streamlined solutions for constructing green infrastructure that meet my clients’ environmental, social and financial goals and ensure that the results are functional, beautiful and affordable. My motivation to start Inhabitect? My desire to build a business in an industry that has a significant impact on the my community, my region and the world as a whole.” – Nathan D. Griswold, ASLA, GRP, Founder and President of Inhabitect, LLC

Inhabitect is a full-service firm devoted to designing, building and growing all forms of living architecture. We specialize in green roofs. Our comprehensive services encompass all aspects of every stage of the process initial planning, project design and budgeting, materials and plant selection, procurement and installation, as well as establishment and maintenance.

Nathan has worked at the forefront of the green roof industry for more than a decade. He has played critical roles in the design, development, sale, construction and successful establishment of nearly 1,000 green roofs across North America. From 2005-2013, he served as the Senior Garden Roof Technical Sales Coordinator for American Hydrotech, one of the world’s largest waterproofing and green roof manufacturers.

Respected for his technical knowledge and hands-on experience, he has proven to be a valuable resource to many design, installation, and owner teams. One of the first individuals to receive Green Roof Professional (GRP) accreditation from Green Roofs for Health Cities (GRHC), Nathan now helps guide and implement the organization’s efforts to advance green roof technology and educate the design community and policymakers on all forms of green infrastructure. He has been an active member of the Green Roof Committee at the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) for more than eight years, helping develop and promote international standards and testing protocols for the industry.

Nathan earned an associate’s degree in plant science from Northwest Michigan College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and a certificate in landscape and nursery development from Michigan State University.

He launched Inhabitect, LLC to serve as an independent resource for designing, building and growing living architecture that is functional, beautiful and affordable. With his international network of professional colleagues in architecture, landscape architecture, horticulture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, Nathan will bring the right people with the right expertise to every Inhabitect project.

Fulfillament: Boulder, CO March 18th

CCmagFulfillament is coming to Boulder, CO on March 18th!

It will be the main highlight of the Conscious Company Magazine Launch Party at the Impact Hub Boulder  1877 Broadway, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80302

6:30: Doors and networking

7:30 Main Entertainment: ” Fulfillament “… a storytelling event featuring 5 business leaders telling their real inside story of how they got to a place where work fulfills them. They’ll each issue a challenge to the audience to do something to advance your own fulfillment. We’re even going to give away a $500 prize to someone with a good idea who needs a little help to make it happen.

TICKETS: $12 in advance / $15 at the door.
Tickets include: Two drinks of your choice, appetizers, live music, and networking with conscious business leaders from Colorado and beyond.

HOSTS: Evening introduction by Meghan French Dunbar and Maren Keeley, and Fulfillament will be hosted by Chelsea Bay Dennis of The Conscious Entrepreneur and Nathan Havey of Thrive.

Gerry-Valentine_Photo_Sq josh katie Kim Coupounas 4 Wendi-headshotSTORYTELLERS:
* Joshua Onysko, Founder, Pangea Organics
* Kim Coupounas, Director, B Lab Colorado
* Wendi Burkhardt, Co-Founder, Silver Nest & Founder, BC Ventures
* Katie Wallace, Assistant Director of Sustainability, New Belgium Brewing
* Gerry Valentine, Founder & President, Vision Executive Coaching

Conscious Company Magazine is a print & digital publication about innovative, sustainable businesses that are doing good, the future of “business as usual”
“We will highlight the experts and entrepreneurs working to build a more resilient future and seek to ignite a broader interest in the pressing issues of sustainability. We are building a collaborative space where we can tell the stories of the people and companies who are innovating and breaking down barriers to make the world a better place through the power of good business. These individuals and organizations deserve to be recognized, applauded, and given a megaphone… and that is what we intend to do.”

TCE 006: Sami Grover, The Words Conscious Entrepreneur

DSC_3814Sami Grover is a professional communicator with a background in writing, languages, publishing and, above all, social and environmental activism. Currently working through The Change with an array of good-for-the-world companies whose growth makes the world more sustainable, fair and authentic.  Sami is also a daily contributor to TreeHugger, the largest, most frequented green lifestyle site on the internet, and editor of the Bilingual Family Newsletter, which is exactly what the title suggests, and a contributor to Mother Nature Network and Parentables.

Fluent in English, Finnish, Danish and German.

He once vowed never to fly again, then he fell in love with someone on the other side of the Atlantic and now lives in Durham, NC. He once considered never having children, he now has two kids. He believes that adaptability is a prerequisite for sustainability.

Sami and I worked together at The Change for over 6 years. I never grew tired of his fun English accent:)



TCE 005: Pete Farmer, The Music Creating Conscious Entrepreneur

pete farmerOriginally a teacher and historian by trade, Pete Farmer is a self-taught musician, craftsman, and businessman, following his passions for music, design, and working with his hands.

he started Farmer Footdrums in 2005, working by day as a high school teacher, and working by night in a rented single car garage to work on designs and build a foot played drum kit with shakers, tambourines, snare, bass and more. He went for it full time in 2008 and to this day, FFD designs and creates unique, portable and handcrafted instruments that empower musicians to be their own band.

This talk was from January 2015  Fulfillament. in Traverse City, MI
Fulfillament is a storytelling event where five local business community members take the stage and tell how they found fulfillment in their journey- thier inside story.  Each storyteller issues a challenge for the audience to do something to find fulfillment in their own lives. Audience members individually accept a challenge and make connections with others to take action. This event awards a $500 grant to an audience member with a good idea that needs some help to get it moving.

TCE 004: Matt Earley, The Coffee Conscious Entrepreneur

10513253_10203499124351686_4065696873486062370_nMatt Earley has worked for over a decade to help shape a more ethical and sustainable coffee industry and to build partnerships between communities in coffee country and the US. He is a co-founder of Just Coffee Cooperative, and taken it from a two-person company to a cooperative that employs over two dozen great people. His passion is re-shaping our concept of business to put the highest premium on creating a transparent model of trade that is a vehicle for mutually beneficial relationships.

Just Coffee Cooperative is a worker-owned coffee roaster dedicated to creating and expanding a model of trade based on transparency, equality, and human dignity. Just Coffee strives to build long-term relationships with small-scale coffee growers and to provide its customers a truly incredible cup of coffee. JC is one of the biggest Fair Trade coffee roasters in the midwest and has grown into a successful business with a national presence in the US.

I personally met Matt in 2012, as a small group of us were planning 1000 mile journey across Central America meeting with small-scale coffee cooperatives along the way to film and share their stories. These are farmers that Matt, and his colleague Chris Treter of Higher Grounds Trading Company, have had trading relationships with for years. From this trip, My husband and I through Stone Hut Studios were able to produce the series “Fair Trade Chronicles” and documentary “Connected By Coffee”.