Stephen Aiguier, Green Hammer Founder and President, was recognized as an outstanding leader in the Portland Business Journal’s 2011 Top 40 Under 40 program. Stephen was selected from a impressive field of Portland’s most accomplished young business leaders. Equal parts talented craftsman and business entrepreneur, Stephen has guided the maturity of Green Hammer Inc. from a sole proprietorship into a flourishing small multi-faceted corporation with twenty-five plus staff. Read below from Stephen’s interview with the Business Journal. Congratulations Stephen!
Hometown: Hinesburg, VT
What does your company do?
We design, engineer and build ultra high-performance living and work spaces to inspire urban livability.
What led to your present career?
The very short version in one breath: I grew up as a carpenter; studied physics, design, community development and applied economics; got fed up with my office job in Boston; hitched out to Portland and started swinging the green hammer.
Most significant issue you face:
We’re just now beginning to recognize the impending and severe hangover that will result from the sudden halt in cheap energy and environmental issues resulting from massive carbon emissions and over-taxed natural resources. That said, truly the most significant issue I face is looking my daughter in the eye daily and honestly saying, “I’m doing everything I can.”
Hot topic in your field:
The German Passive House standard. Germany’s best physicists came up with a fossil fuel exit strategy through building homes and commercial spaces with superior indoor air quality, comfort and performance that use a tenth of the energy of traditional buildings.
How do you relax? Surfing the Oregon Coast
Charitable or political cause: I support a wide variety of nonprofits dedicated to the environment and sustainability.
Favorite book from the past 12 months: ‘Urbanize and Insulate’ A Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy
Music most recently purchased: Eddie Palmieri’s “Simpatico”
Favorite local restaurant: Bamboo Sushi . Their sushi and nonfish fare are fantastic!
Favorite travel destination: Italy
Personal trivia: I grew up with a father who was a hobby naturalist and spent many years learning how to find and forage wonderfully delicious foods from the forest. Now one of my favorite annual activities is foraging for chanterelle mushrooms with my daughter, Olive.