Cynthia Grier, serves as dedicated reviewer, writer and editor for EcoLogic LifeStyle. She is passionate about activities that stir the soul – travel… especially to wild, pristine locations… yoga, hiking, camping, writing, painting, photography and music.
Cynthia has been a proponent of environmental causes for many years, beginning with Environmental Studies courses in college. Coursework in Anthropology later prompted her to spend time traveling to many locales with a fascination for various cultures. She received her degree in Interior Environmental Design and began her career as an Interior Designer. Cynthia then spent 18 years as a Territory Manager/Specification Consultant for a variety of building materials and finishes, assisting architects, designers and contractors with design, technical, sustainability and environmental impact information. During that time, she built two new homes of her own with conventional building materials. She became very ill and it took a few years to determine that it was her homes, with their toxic finishes and materials, which were making her ill. By changing her environment and surrounding herself with natural and healthy alternatives, she has regained her health.
Cynthia is a Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional, a member of the The International Ecotourism Society, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the Natural Building Network, and the Institute for Bau-Biologie and Ecology. She is currently studying for her Certification as a Bau-Biologie (Building Biology) Practitioner. Cynthia sits on the Ojai Valley Green Coalition – Built Environment Council where she has helped to design and assemble a mock green home in both the Ojai Valley Museum and the Community Services of Ventura County Green Center. She also serves as a judge for USGBC C4 chapter Green Awards, and as an Editorial Advisor for Natural Home Magazine, and has joined as an advisor & organizer for an Ecotourism initiative in the Ojai Valley area of California.
In addition to working as a Reviewer for the EcoLogic LifeStyle ecoexcellence award Cynthia is currently active as a consultant to specifiers, business owners and home owners on eco healthy material selection & specification, space planning & design, and other sustainability best practices. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge through speaking/teaching engagements and researching, writing about and promoting eco healthy building and sustainability commitments of ecotourism resorts, destinations, lodging, restaurants and other businesses. For more information on Cynthia and the green design build showroom she operates in Ventura, CA, visit www.ecologiclife.com