Bridgette Meinhold

 

Bridgette is a sustainability consultant who helps individuals and businesses to reduce their environmental impact. She graduated in June 2007 from Stanford University with her masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering in their Atmosphere and Energy Program. She also has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University.

She has spent time abroad in Germany working for a wind turbine manufacturer, a kitchen assistant at a culinary school in New York City, a private chef, a waitress and ski bum in Utah. Bridgette currently lives in an aspen grove in Park City, Utah.

During the winter her home is covered in 12 feet of snow and in the summer she walks directly from her house to hiking trails. She has a black lab/border collie mix named Cooper and is married to the man of her dreams, who also happens to be a firefighter/paramedic.

Bridgette is the Architecture Editor on Inhabitat and a contributing writer for Inhabitots.com and Ecouterre.com. When she's not blogging about architecture and design, she likes to bake gluten free goodies or hide in her recycled shipping container art studio, painting and drawing. Learn more about Bridgette's art and freelance writing on her website. She is currently awaiting the release of her first book - Urgent Architecture, a collection of housing projects in the context of natural disasters, which is expected out in January 2013.

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