Meet Sarah Howe and Randy Best

October 14, 2011 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

Randy and Sarah are environmentalists who definitely “walk the walk,” as well as “talk the talk.” Their home, full of children and a bustling sense of family life, is devoid of air conditioning, a dish washer and a clothes dryer. The absence of these items is part of a lifestyle of choices aimed at keeping a low energy profile and reducing environmental impact—choices which seem as much moral as practical.

After living in several cities across the U.S., Randy and Sarah settled in the Triangle, which had impressed them with its greenery, more relaxed life style and, with regard to Durham in particular, its cultural diversity and sense of being a “real city,” as opposed to being defined by a state university or the seat of government. Among the new friends they made were one couple who “set a high bar example in terms of living low on the energy profile.” It was through these same friends that Randy and Sarah met Judy Kincaid and became aware of and supporters of Clean Energy Durham.

Sarah is an accomplished potter who sells her products at the Durham Farmer’s Market and teaches pottery classes. She is also a puppeteer with Paperhand Puppet Intervention.

Randy, with an undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology and a graduate degree in City and Regional Planning, is now administrative head of the Duke Physics Department and has also worked with Duke’s Center for Global Change—a program which helps arrange public and private funding for research into human environmental impact and its consequences. Naturally, he commutes to work by bicycle.

As I said, these are people who definitely “walk the walk,” or, when appropriate, bicycle it.

–Profile by Clean Energy Durham Volunteer Martin Eagle

2030 Society members have pledged multi-year support and recognize Clean Energy Durham as a community leader helping the city and county reach their goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by the year 2030.

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