We don’t do the work to get recognition, we don’t do the work to find glory, we don’t do the work for ourselves. I think that is the difference between those that just show up and those that change a community for the better. We work hard to find the value of our clients and express them in their projects. We find ways to save them money, maximize their investment, and add value to the design. This is ‘sustainable’ design. There should be no debate about whether you should or should not go green. You have an ethical obligation to yourself, your children, your community to use the resources available as best able. There can be no waste in true success. There can be no destruction in true growth. Let’s join together to make our community strong. Let’s join together to make a difference.
There is a tremendous amount of information about going green on the news, television shows, and coming from corporate America. So how do you decide if “green” is right for you? Simple, do you like to save money, want to do less to maintain your home, want to use fewer resources to achieve the same goals? If you answered yes, then you are ready to go green. There are simple things that you can do to get started. Here are some no / low-cost steps to get you on your way.
Turn off the overhead lights and use lamps. Even better use LED or CFL bulbs.
Use rechargeable batteries.
Adjust your fridge temp to 37 degrees and your freezer to 0 degrees. While you’re at it, turn your thermostat back 1 degree.
Recycle – it cost more to send something to a landfill than it does to recycle it. Do your locality a favor, don’t put it in the trash can.
Print on both sides of the page.
Fix any drips and install aerator on your faucets.
Carpool or plan your trips to minimize driving – or even better, walk.
Use reusable grocery bags – this will reduce the overhead of your favorite places to shop which will reduce their need to raise prices.
unplug or use a power strip – a television draws as much electricity turned off as a 60 watt light bulb does turned on.
Shop local for everything from your food to your architect! Less driving is good on the pocketbook and putting money back into your local economy makes your community stronger.