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Going green
Going green
Bob Hauser
Age: 50
Former job: General contractor
Current job: Green building consultant
Hometown: San Francisco

I am a general contractor in San Francisco specializing in multi-family residential buildings. I was in a pretty comfortable place, I was building substantial buildings and I'd been doing it for years. But, this segment of the market virtually disappeared over night.

I needed to reinvent myself in a substantial way. I have survived by selling my home and using the money (luckily there was some) to reinvent myself as a green building and green business consultant.

The green building industry is very much in its infancy. But these buildings and these efforts produce economic returns that are measurable.


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Last updated June 19 2009: 10:01 AM ET
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