Carsharing – I’m still loving it (sometimes)

So it’s 7:15 and I was standing in a parking lot in the rain. I had reserved a car for  seven o’clock to do my grocery shopping and the person who has rented the car before me is late. I’ll be honest, I was annoyed and my hair  was looking terrible. Sometimes “doing the right thing” can be inconvenient. It would be so much easier to have my own car so that I can hop in at a moment’s notice. But…I resist and  stick to my guns. Even though this isn’t fun it still makes me feel pretty good to be doing my proverbial part. The red Yaris I reserved pulled into the lot. The truant driver was kind of cute. Okay…this isn’t so bad.

 If you want to check out carsharing, there are locations all over US and Canada. You can read about it here: http://www.carsharing.net/

What does “Green” really mean?

Kermit says it’s easy to do, but if that’s the case, why isn’t everyone “going green?” What are some of the barriers to adopting a sustainability strategy?

“Green” has a PR problem. Suggest “sustainability” in the office, and reactions may range from enthusiasm to blank stares to outright hostility. Why? There is a perception among many that sustainability is directly opposite—or at least detrimental to—profitability. Taking care of the environment is great—until it starts to hurt the bottom line.

The good news is that, in most cases, the greener strategy is the most affordable strategy. Reduced travel costs diminish CO2 emissions. Lower power bills decrease usage of energy produced by fossil fuels. The modern movement towards sustainable business improves the traditional bottom-line of profit, while adopting a more holistic view of a corporation’s success. Under this definition, a sustainable business “meets the needs of the present world without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.”

Sustainability is not just about the environment. [Read more…]

The Benefits of Plants in the Office

Did you know the following facts about having plants in and around your office?

According to a study out of Washington State University, plants release moisture in an office environment, creating a humidity level matching the recommended human comfort range of 30% to 60%. A comfortable office environment is more conducive to productivity. [Read more…]