Introduction by Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World

Last summer, I had the privilege of interviewing Laura about her life growing up with Ted Turner, her father and the incredible dedication she has for the environment. Laura is one of the most committed people I know. From start to finish, she has put Atlanta on the map and works tirelessly at “greening” her city. She is a dedicated mom and together with her husband Rutherford, in 2005 they built the first Gold Leed residence in America. EcoManor has set the bar for an ecological, earth-friendly home that is kind to its inhabitant’s and the planet.

Courtesy of Laura Turner Seydel

Building an Eco-Home – Living on Earth Interview

July 18, 2012

I recently did my second interview for Living on Earth! I had the chance to speak with Steve Curwood about energy efficient homes. About five years ago, Rutherford and I built our home EcoManor. EcoManor was the first Gold LEED residence in the Southeast! Having the opportunity to create our own energy efficient home was a dream come true for Rutherford and I. At the time, there was really no blueprint for this type of construction, so we have really made an effort to share all the lessons we learned along the way with our community and beyond as much as possible. You can find out more details by listening to my Living on Earth interview here!


Living on Earth is Public Radio International’s weekly news journal on the environment. Their one hour environmental news and feature program airs on more than 250 public radio stations, including stations in the top ten markets. They also reach their audience via satellite radio, and podcasts.Their mission is to offer listeners accurate, engaging and in-depth reports on the science and politics critical to understanding environmental issues. They aim to provide people with knowledge that leads to informed opinions, decisions, and action.


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