Gunnar Baldwin was educated at St. Paul’s School, Yale and Brown Universities and taught college preparatory mathematics and coached crew for 16 years before leaving teaching to pioneer his interest in water conservation and wastewater reduction in 1976. He pioneered the first code approved low consumption toilet and lobbied for incentives for water conservation for 15 years. He started with TOTO in 1990 when they first opened a subsidiary in the USA after working for their importer for several years. He served on the ANSI Vitreous China standard committee until TOTO USA was formed and has served in numerous roles at TOTO during its twenty-six year history of growth and industry technology leadership. He is now a consultant to TOTO as their Water Efficiency Specialist. Gunnar has represented the company on several green building committees including the first USGBC water efficiency technical advisory group. He was a charter director of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. Gunnar’s experience spans the period from before the beginnings of interest in water efficiency to the present.
During the past seven years Gunnar has taken a great interest in Universal Design, and has a mission to see that both socially and environmentally sustainable strategies should become standard best practices in all good design. He has been an advisor to the Living In Place Institute and is one of their first Certified Living in Place Professionals.
On a charitable note, between 2003 and 2010, Gunnar and his wife, Heather, spent their eight vacations rowing their open water double scull over 2300 miles along the Intracoastal waterway, various canals and rivers. Their TOTO sponsored effort provided toilets and lavatories for Habitat for Humanity affiliates from Key West, FL to Canada while close to $100,000 in pledged donations was raised by the Baldwin’s followers.
Gunnar is a member of the NKBA Hall of Fame.