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.

Bridgette Meinhold
Solar-Powered Alpine Meadows Cabin Soaks up the Sun in Lake Tahoe

Solar-Powered Alpine Meadows Cabin Soaks up the Sun in Lake Tahoe

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Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge Connects Downtown Clifton Forge to New Public Park

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Stevenson School Passive House Duplex Provides Teacher Housing in Pebble Beach

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Zip Kit Homes is a division of Timberhawk Homes out of Mt. Pleasant, UT with a focus on efficient, small and sustainable prefab homes. Their line of modestly sized homes makes the most out of

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Park 567 opened to the public on September 13th and is the second above ground park to be completed as part of The 606 system. The neighborhood park features limestone boulders for use as

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Stanford’s Start.Home is Built Around a Next-Gen Prefab Core at the Solar Decathlon 2013

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OMA Completes 3-Star Green Rated Shenzhen Stock Exchange

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Sci-Arc/Caltech & DALE Sci-Arc/Caltech not only have home court advantage for this year's competition being the closest to Irvine, but they also have a experience in previous

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This is the first time Stanford University has competed in the Solar Decathlon competition and is one of 20 teams who will test their smart home design in Irvine, California this fall. Their

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