Mike Sadler, a Laguna native who grew up surfing the Thalia reef, recalls one of the only unpleasantries of spending so much time outdoors as a kid: the pollution.
"I often got smog so deeply imbedded in my lungs, that I had to lie down because it burned so badly," he said. "I don't want that for my children."
Still a resident, and the father of three, Sadler has grown increasingly interested in "green" living and reducing the use of fossil fuels, which he believes will benefit future generations.
As part of that interest, he recently teamed with his brother-in-law, Quentin Keith, who established the seventh franchise of Lighthouse Solar, a Boulder, Colo.-based company that provides solar electric and thermal solutions for residential and commercial customers, such as water and space heating, cooling and industrial process heat.
"Our mission is to facilitate the use of clean, free and renewable solar energy," Sadler said. "We specialize in architecturally sensitive design which is imperative for Laguna Beach and the other coastal communities that rely heavily on their view orientations and design aesthetics.