Tropical Forest Foundation Elects Sara Gutterman To Its Board of Directors

TFF Reinforces Its Commitment To Sustainable Forest Management With The Election Of Seven New Board Members
Dec 6, 2013 8:00 AM ET
Press Release

Green Builder Media co-founder and CEO, Sara Gutterman, has been elected to the Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) Board of Directors for a term that begins January 1, 2014. Gutterman joins a group of new directors that demonstrate TFF’s founding tradition to provide a forum for industry, conservation, and academia to join forces to encourage the adoption of sustainable forestry practices in the tropical regions of the world.

“Sara understands and is committed to TFF’s mission of conserving the tropical forests by maintaining their economic value. As we improve the skills and knowledge of local forest communities, she will provide valuable counsel and relationships that can advance our work,” said Bob Johnston, TFF executive director. “Each new member of the Board of Directors was carefully selected for his or her innovative thinking and ability to contribute to TFF’s ongoing efforts of encouraging sustainable forest management. We look forward to utilizing their experiences and ideas to further enhance the practices and programs currently in place.”

Gutterman is a known sustainability advocate within the green building industry. She works closely with Green Builder Media’s advertisers to develop long-term green strategies that make a profound impact on the market and are simultaneously sustainable and profitable. Prior to founding Green Builder Media, Gutterman served as a venture capitalist with Boulder Ventures, where she evaluated and structured technology infrastructures, organic foods, and natural products deals.

Additional new Board of Directors include:

  • Kerry Cesareo, Managing Director, Forests, World Wildlife Fund
  • Kenneth MacDicken, Senior Forestry Officer/Team Leader, Global Forest Resources Assessment, Food & Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
  • Hank Menke, Jr., President and CEO, OFS Brands, Inc.
  • Lenny Shibley, President, Inter-Continental Hardwoods, LLC
  • Erin Sills, Professor and Director of International Programs, Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University
  • Kevin Thieneman, President, Caterpillar Forest Products

About Green Builder Media

Green Builder® Media, LLC is the leading media company in North America focused on green building and sustainable living. With a comprehensive suite of print and digital media solutions, demonstration projects, case studies, online training and live events, Green Builder Media assists building professionals in preparing themselves for the new green economy and helps homeowners understand how to live more sustainably. For more information, visit

About the Tropical Forest Foundation

The Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) is an international, non-profit, educational institution committed to advancing environmental stewardship, economic prosperity, and social responsibility through sustainable forest management (SFM). TFF regional programs in Asia Pacific, Africa and South America have become synonymous with the promotion and training of Reduced Impact Logging (RIL). For 20 years, TFF has fostered dialogue and alliances among industry, government, and academia, as well as the research and conservation communities to improve tropical forest management around the world and increase the economic value of these forests for those who depend upon its bounty for their livelihood. To learn more about the Tropical Forest Foundation, visit

Contact: Heather Wallace