Practicing What We Preach: Everyday Solutions for Living a Sustainable Lifestyle


We talk a lot about sustainability at a large scale; this typically includes large building projects or grid-level issues, like energy affordability and access to renewables. But how about the small-scale? What type of sustainability initiatives are people passionate about in their everyday lives?

To answer this question, Robb assembled a group of sustainability professionals from Steven Winter Associates and asked them to share some best practices for living a more sustainable lifestyle. Each guest responds with one topic they are passionate about and explains how they turned a common challenge into a sustainable solution.

Here’s the breakdown of topics by guest:

  • Maureen Mahle – Eliminating combustion and going all-electric [0:03:25]
  • Andrea Foss – Water conservation in toilets [0:24:15]
  • Robb Aldrich – Walkability and proximity to transit [0:41:10]
  • Gayathri Vijayakumar – Duct sealing  [0:59:00]

Episode Guests 

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Robb Aldrich (Host)

Principle Mechanical Engineer

Image of Maureen Mahle,Managing Director, Sustainable Housing Services

Maureen Mahle

Managing Director, Residential Building Services

Andrea headshot

Andrea Foss

Sustainability Director

Gayathri Headshot

Gayathri Vijayakumar

Principal Mechanical Engineer

Episode Resources


SWA Blog – Electric Cars: Are They Better for Your Pocket and the Climate Right NOW?

Factsheet – EPA: Fast Facts on Transportation Greenhouse Gas Emissions


Article – More info on Aeroseal and how to find a local contractor to get a quote:


Video – Samantha Bee’s take on cooking with gas (with RMI):

Images – Before and after photos of Maureen’s transition to an all-electric home:

Image of Vintage Chambers Gas Range, Model 61C

Vintage Chambers Gas Range, Model 61C

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Wood Burning Fireplace Insert

Image of Combustion free Induction Range and Faux Fireplace

Combustion-free Induction Range and Faux Fireplace

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Robb Aldrich | Kelly Westby

Production Team

Heather Breslin | Alex Mirabile | Dylan Martello


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