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Celebrating National Bike Month

Happy National Bike Month! If you’ve been following our social media channels, you’ve likely seen that we’ve been celebrating this month by highlighting North Carolina’s vibrant cyclist population. From meet-ups to advocacy groups, bikers play an essential role in leading the charge in carbon neutral transportation. Within our own office, there are several employees who use alternative forms of transportation for their daily commute. Kelsy Green (on left), project manager at our parent nonprofit, Advanced Energy, is an avid cycler and regularly rides her bike to the office. For the past two years, she has started and ended her day with a three-mile ride on Raleigh’s Greenways and Centennial Campus. Kelsy recounts, “I was really excited when I purchased a …[ MORE ]

Posted in North Carolina, Sustainability on May 16, 2019

Sponsor Spotlight – REAP

We are thrilled to share with you our first sponsor spotlight of the year: REAP (Renewable Energy and Preservation) is a Certified B Corporation in Sanford, North Carolina. Owner April Montgomery explains, “We facilitate the development of utility scale solar and wind projects across the United States. We also specialize in preservation projects.” As a B Corp, REAP operates based on the triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit. Keeping these values in mind as a guidepost to best practices, the company has managed to continue growing in an uncertain market and regulatory environment. One of their proudest accomplishments to date has been the restoration of a medical practice facility, Lutterloh, in downtown Sanford. The building has been converted into …[ MORE ]

Posted in Environment, North Carolina, Sustainability on April 9, 2019

Revisiting our 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

How are your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions coming along? For many, resolutions focus internally. Self-improvement through exercising, healthy eating, bullet journaling, and the list goes on. This year in the office, we’ve decided to give ourselves a break from the annual “I’ll go to the gym after work” resolution and focus externally on resolutions for a greener office space. First, we’re relying more on natural lighting. Our office is fortunate enough to have large windows that illuminate our desks. With this, we are able to reduce our electricity consumption by turning off half of our overhead lights. Even our conference rooms have developed a low-lit, yet still professional, aesthetic with the blinds up at each window. Second, we pledge to …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on January 29, 2019

Green Ideas for your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is one of those commercialized, overly advertised holidays where you feel obligated to lavish gifts on a significant other. But if you just want to tell someone you love how much you appreciate them in your life, and don’t want to be wasteful, check out these green heart ideas! Choose local flowers. Imported flowers need to be flown or trucked in from states away, AND refrigerated during their journey, so we definitely recommend picking up your loved one flowers or a flowering plant from a local shop or one of the NC Farm Fresh retail nurseries and garden centers. Store-bought, imported flowers usually come wrapped up in cellophane — which is not recyclable. Buy local chocolates. There are so many …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on February 9, 2018

Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

Did you know that 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations are made in a single Chinese village? According to Inhabitat, most are produced inside the Chinese village of Yiwu, where 600 factories produce 60 percent of all of the world’s festive decorations. The factory workers in Yiwu put in long hours in less-than-ethical working conditions, often dealing with toxic chemicals that have the potential to cause lasting damage to their health. So think twice before you overload on holiday knickknacks. Why not buy green gifts this year instead? Ones that use fewer resources and produce less waste than ordinary, mass-produced items. There are so many types of eco-friendly gifts you can give. Ready for some green ideas? Let’s dive in! Seed bombs …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 14, 2017

Sustainable Fashion: Part 2 – Upcycle your clothes

After we introduced you to sustainable fashion last week and told you all about its benefits, we will give you some ideas on how you can make a difference in today’s blog post.   What can you do? So knowing the negative impact of fast fashion, how can you make an impact? This is where sustainable fashion comes into play.

Posted in Sustainability on May 9, 2017

Sustainable Fashion: Part 1

Sustainable fashion, once frowned upon by many consumers, is a growing trend taking the fashion industry by storm. It proves that “sustainable” and “fashionable” don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Why fashion needs to be sustainable Can clothes be made in an ethical way that considers both people and the planet? While it may not seem as obvious right away why your clothes may have a negative impact on the environment, the following facts might change the way you see the clothing industry. According to Earth Pledge, at least 8000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles and 25% of pesticides around the world are used to grow cotton. A Greener Daily Life compiled some facts about the …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on May 5, 2017

Green Holidays around the World – 7 days to celebrate!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As this year comes to an end we cherish our time with friends and family, enjoy some time off and celebrate with holiday lights and treats. But did you know that there are dozens of GREEN HOLIDAYS that people celebrate around the world? That’s right, we’re celebrating the earth many times each year. This blog post will highlight some of our favorite green holidays! 1. World Water Day Every year on March 22, people everywhere show that they care about water and the role it plays in our daily life. This international observance is an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on December 12, 2016

Breweries 2.0 – Organic and LEED Certified

The craft beer scene is booming – with more than 4,200 breweries In the US, small and independent craft brewers now have a 12 percent market share! Not only do some breweries offer organic beer, many breweries also have high sustainability standards – from being powered by solar energy to recycling local grain for the brewing process.   Organic Beer 101 According to Food Republic the organic craft beer industry has grown by more than $30 million in the last decade. Oregon even has an annual Organic Beer Fest designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living. Organic beer is healthier and contributes to sustainability. It just makes you feel better about what you’re drinking. But then why …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on July 25, 2016

Wasting Water – A Guide to Conservation and Innovation

Every year on March 22 we celebrate World Water Day. According to the official World Water Day website, this international observance is an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. It has been around since 1992 when the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development recommended an international observance. Here is why you should be mindful of your water usage every day and how you can easily conserve water. Water Usage in the US The US Geological Survey released a study which reports that the total freshwater and saline-water withdrawals for 2010 (the latest year it surveyed water use) were estimated to be 355,000 million gallons per …[ MORE ]

Posted in Sustainability on April 4, 2016