Commonwealth National Podcast

Renovating from Old to Green: A Homeowner’s Fable

Robert Emery Smith, Director of Technology Services, Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute, Stanford; Video Engineer

Smith’s dreams of turning an old cabin into a green home provide a grounded theory application in evaluating and using the new sustainable technologies for home ownership, improvement and renovation. Smith tells us what he learned, frustrations and outcomes of the home-based green technologies on the market today. His visual documentary is a “cradle to cradle” story of going home green. In addition to his pioneering work as Director of Technology for Stanford University's Center for Innovations, Smith has been project leader for state-of-the art technology, commercial design and project management for InTex, David Kelley Design and Tandem Computers.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on March 16, 2010.