Miriam Landman is a sustainability advisor, writer, editor, and educator. She provides practical guidance on green living, sustainable land use, green operations, green building, and other sustainability strategies. Miriam founded M. Landman Communications & Consulting in 2005. She also publishes TheGreenSpotlight.com weblog.
Miriam has been writing and working in the environmental field for about 25 years, often focused on issues related to the built environment. She brings a broad set of skills, interests, and knowledge to her work. The goals of her work are to communicate and facilitate positive actions for sustainability. She is passionate about building people's awareness of effective solutions to environmental problems, and providing the concrete information and tools that people need to put green principles into practice.
Miriam helps people incorporate green practices into their daily lives, and can help companies incorporate green practices into their facilities and business operations. Her green building work facilitates the use of healthy, efficient, and sustainable practices in the planning, design, construction, renovation/remodeling, operation, and maintenance of homes, homesteads, buildings, developments, and communities. Her services include consultations, presentations, and the development of written materials and online resources.
Her past and current clients include: Center for Climate Protection, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery, New Leaf Community Markets, Lehrer Design, Global Green USA, Partnership for Sustainable Communities, Environmental Defense Fund, GreenBuildingAdvisor.com (BuildingGreen/Taunton Press), GreenHomeGuide.com, the David Brower Center, the U.S. Green Building Council's Northern California Chapter, Enterprise Community Partners, Simon & Associates, EduTracks, Industrial Economics, Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority, Compendia, RESSAC Climate Control Technologies, Wild Sanctuary, Ecobanca, Ewald Tajbaksh Architecture, and Healthy Home Plans.
Prior to founding M. Landman Communications & Consulting, Miriam was senior associate with Simon & Associates Green Building Consultants (now part of Thornton Tomasetti), and earlier in her career she worked as a producer and reporter for public radio's Living on Earth program. She has also worked for Global Green USA, Davis Square Architects (formerly Mostue & Associates), the Resource Renewal Institute, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, and Copperfield's Books.
Miriam was a contributing author for the book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing, edited by Global Green USA (Island Press, 2007). Her articles and commentaries have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Natural Home magazine, Environmental Design + Construction, and Urban Land's GreenTech magazine, and on public radio's Living on Earth program, MotherEarthNews.com, and KQED.org.
She offers writing, editing, proofreading, and research services to assist companies, organizations, and agencies with their publications. Entities that have featured her writing in their publications include the National Building Museum, Global Green USA, Partnership for Sustainable Communities, the City and County of San Francisco's Department of the Environment, the State of California's Integrated Waste Management Board, and the State of Massachusetts' Division of Capital Planning. (Go to the PUBLICATIONS page for a full listing along with links to Miriam's published works.)
In addition, she presents workshops and lectures on a variety of environmental topics and has taught university classes. (See the PUBLIC SPEAKING & TEACHING EXPERIENCE page for more information.)
Miriam was a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional (v2) and she consulted on many LEED certified projects, as well as other green residential, commercial, and institutional projects. (See the GREEN BUILDING EXPERIENCE, PAST CONSULTING PROJECTS, and GREEN BUILDING SERVICES pages for more information.) She is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and has been involved with the council's Northern California and Redwood Empire Chapters.
Miriam has a master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University in Boston, and she received her bachelor's degree (with Honors) in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
More information on Miriam's professional experience is provided on her résumé. For information on Miriam's approach, values, and sources of inspiration, go to the APPROACH page. To see some of the praise that she has received from her clients and colleagues, go to the TESTIMONIALS page.
Some lesser-known facts about Miriam are that she is semi-fluent in Spanish; she worked as a part-time professional cellist in her late teens; she has worked (in her spare time) on a horse farm, at a goat dairy, and on an organic vegetable and berry farm; and she used to get herself around by motorcycle rather than by car. An urbanite for many years, she now lives on the northern, rural outskirts of the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their animals.