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Rick Barnett has a B.A. in psychology (UCSB) and an Interdisciplinary Master’s in Environmental Management (Oregon State University, 1981). 

Before becoming a builder, Rick introduced recycling to Oregon waste haulers.  By 1980, the disposal industry embraced waste reduction, and widely offered recycling as a service.   Oregon has been a national recycling leader ever since.

Rick started Green Builder in 1996, pursuing more opportunities to reduce the residential footprint.  As a General Contractor, his focus moved to thermal leakage, and the huge amount of heat/cool energy wasted in the residential sector.

Responding to the inability of government incentives and homeowner dollars to cut this waste, he developed an idea that shifts investment to the home’s energy supplier.