About Sarah Johnston

Sarah-JohnstonSarah, 45, is from rural Pennsylvania, USA. Her mother, a rag rug weaver and her father, an antiques dealer brought an eclectic perspective of design during her childhood.

She has focused on sustainable design methods and materials, including straw bales, for the past 22 years in hopes of creating both indoor and outdoor environments that work with existing site, local and occupant conditions.  She has designed and consulted on many straw bale residences in Colorado, USA and in New Zealand (since 2004).  In 2000, she co-founded and was the Executive Director of the Colorado Straw Bale Association (COSBA), a non-profit promoting and educating the Colorado community in straw bale and other natural building technologies.  She was a member of the Organizing Team for the International Straw Building Conference hosted by NZ in 2016.  She also is a Licensed Building Practicitioner through the Department of Building & Housing.

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