Meet Alex

I’m Alex Setmajer, a sustainability project manager based in Portland, Oregon.


The climate crisis is happening now and we need to do something about it. Through my writing, I intend to share my perspectives on what we can do and how we can take it further.

With a background in sustainable architecture and sustainability communications, I have over 7 years of experience tackling challenging sustainability issues, from corporate reporting to a wide array of building and infrastructure sustainability certifications, and from global portfolio approaches to reviewing material ingredients at microscopic level. As a Project Manager & Materials Specialist at Brightworks Sustainability, I lead Brightworks’ Materials Practice and focus on reducing the embodied carbon of our buildings and increasing the health and sustainability of building materials.

I am also co-leading a local Coalition to develop and pass a ‘Sustainable Buildings for All’ Incentive Program in Portland, which we hope will spur the local building industry to aim for the highest levels of building equity and sustainability achievement. More on that to come 😉

All opinions expressed in this blog are my own.

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“The sunset– air set alight by the sinking sun– is a living field that we reciprocate with. Therefore the sunset, colors and all, is not just subjectively happening inside our heads. Rather, we’re inside it… The air and I…participate in each other to co-create this vast now.” (Stoknes, p.207)

The title of my blog, This Vast Now, comes from a quote in Per Epson Stoknes’ book, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming (above).

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