From Sustainability in Hospitality in San Diego to now Skyscrapers in New York: James Tosh

James brings project management, commissioning and sustainability consulting experience to the Elementa Engineering team. His strong connection to water and nature, fostered by his love of surfing, led him to explore a career in sustainability. After implementing an award-winning sustainability program at Forbes-rated five-star hotel focused on energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, recycling, and sustainability education projects, James has transitioned to a career as a sustainability consultant and commissioning agent.

James strives to support his clients by understanding their needs and developing strong relationships, resulting in buildings and spaces that are loved and enjoyed by those who occupy them. He enjoys the challenge each project brings, from water and energy efficiency to healthy materials. He has worked on many “deep green” projects including the Living Building Challenge targeted Gulf State Park Interpretive Center and Zero Net Energy targeted TreeHouse Sustainable Home Improvement Store.

Show Highlights 

  • Surfing after the rain brought James to sustainability. 
  • The significance of USGBC meetings and local chapters on your career.
  • Taking the untraditional path to success.   
  • James created Net Zero water calculator.
  • The changes and priorities you can expect regionally.  
  • How James straddles new and existing builds? 
  • The impact of the Green Financing Program from multifamily builds. 

“When I was younger I didn’t take chances on things because I didn’t think I was prepared and I was maybe afraid of failure. I look back now and I see how much that held me back because anytime I’ve taken on a big challenge, it’s really just taught me how much I’m capable of and you have to be your own champion. You have to believe in yourself.”

-James Tosh

(Transcript Available on here and on the GBES website)

James’s Show Resources and Information


The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor: TED Talks

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Angela Lee Duckworth | TED Talks

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