Friday, October 21, 2011

Eco Home Fair — Saturday 10/22 10AM-4PM

Eco Home Fair is at Element Hotel in Summerlin this Saturday. This free event is all about families having fun and learning green living strategies to live well, cut costs, and help the environment. You will be amazed by the easy, green ideas and choices for everyday living and delighted by the arts, entertainment and the activities for kids.

Come out and meet undersea explorer, filmmaker, and eco champion Scott Cassell. He is on site to meet the public, talk about why he is committed to green living, and showcase his electric submarine. You’ve seen him on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and National Geographic.

Additionally enjoy interactive demonstrations, local green merchant and professional vendor booths, and great green giveaways.

Anne Johnson, AIA will be there to answer questions and provide brief consultations for greening your home and office with sustainable architectural strategies. We would love to visit with you at Eco Home Fair.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Greening Our Office: Part 2

Anne Johnson, AIA challenged ourselves to green our office more in 2011.  We are using Harvard’s green office program to evaluate how we are doing in nine impact areas.  The process involves four leaves, or levels, of discovery and commitment to green office practices.  The following is our Leaf One:

[1. Energy] We shut off computers and the lights when not in use, saving energy and cost. (Tips & Tricks HQ)

[2. Recycling] Easy to access bins encourage staff to reduce, reuse, and recycle paper and plastic goods. We are creative with repurposing and reusing office furniture, including our shared office and conference space.

[3. Waste Reduction] E-mails and phones are our primary contact tools.  To further reduce waste production, we limit the use of hard-copy files. We print or copy on both sides of a page whenever possible, and keep a pile of reusable scrap paper near our printer.

[4. Publication] For marketing publications, we use an e-newsletter and limit mailing campaigns to once a year.

[5. Events & Meetings] We provide reusable cups and mugs at meetings.

[6. Transportation] Our 2011 office relocation combines all our needs with a short commute saving time and energy while reducing our carbon footprint.

[7. Kitchens & Breakrooms] During lunch and breaks, we provide reusable dishes, cups and utensils.  We also have a bin for spare napkins from take-out.

[8. Purchasing] Our office uses paper containing at least 30% recycled content.  When sending out print jobs, we specify recycled paper and black and white printing as much as possible.  For new purchases, we’ve adopted a policy of getting Energy Star or EPEAT certified models.

[9. Participation] We actively challenge ourselves and vendors to practice sustainable approaches.

Simple steps like these help save money and the environment. We encourage everyone to make a commitment to greening your office.  Each choice makes a difference.

Read about how we started here...