7 Tips How to Green Your Home with Houseplants

Houseplants, besides being a relaxing hobby and providing beautiful aesthetics to your home, can also help reduce indoor air-pollution, which is ranked as one of the top five health threats in America.

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

By following the tips below, you cannot only make a beautiful addition to your home, but you can also make your home a healthier place to live.

✔ Choose low-water, low-light houseplants – By choosing low-water, low-light houseplants, you will not only save water, but you will increase the likelihood your plants will live longer.

One of the most common reasons that houseplants die is because people forget to water them. Some of the most common low-water plants include the ponytail palm, china aster, potted marigold, globe thistle, ivy-leaved geranium, natal palm and the blue marguerite daisy. Continue reading

5 Tips to Green your Baby’s Nursery

Making sure your nursery is a nontoxic environment is especially important because newborns spend most of their life in the nursery—an average of 16 to 17 hours a day.

The following in an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

By following the tips below, you can help ensure a safe, eco-friendly environment for your nursery.

✔ Paint with low- or no-VOC latex paint – Painting with low- or no-VOC paint may cost more than conventional paint but it will release fewer or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids including paints. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.  Continue reading

7 Green Tips for your Garden

The following tips are from “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home“.

There are several benefits of gardening.  In addition to producing nutritious, organic food for you and your family, gardening can also save you money and provide you with a relaxing, rewarding hobby.

✔ Select the location carefully – Selecting the location of your garden is one of the most important decisions you will make during the planning process.  When choosing a location, keep these factors in mind:

  • Select a location that gets several hours of direct sunlight every day.
  • Make sure the location has access to a water hose. Your plants they may need additional watering, especially when they are young.
  • Try to choose a location where the ground is level (not on a gradient), but also drains well). Continue reading

11 Tips for Green Lawn Care & Landscaping

The following tips are from “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home“.

By properly maintaining your lawn & landscaping, you cannot only save on your utility bills, but you can also save water and significantly reduce your family’s possible exposure to hazardous chemicals.

✔ Water wisely – If you need to water your lawn, consider the following tips:

  • Try to water early in the morning.  Watering early in the morning reduces the amount of water lost from evaporation.
  • If you have automatic sprinklers, be sure that all the water is being absorbed and not simply running off.
  • When watering, avoid paved surfaces.
  • Be sure to check your irrigation system for leaks several times during the growing season.
  • Install a evapotranspiration system to help regulate watering.
  • Consider replacing your above ground irrigation system with a subsurface drip system. Subsurface drip systems can be up 90 to 100% efficient. Continue reading

Can “Sustainable Solutions” Really Sustain a Company’s Business?

“Sustainable Solutions” — Real Biz?

Tough question: Are “sustainable solutions” real business?…or just buzzwords?
We’ve all heard biz-school jargon. Years ago, everyone stopped talking, started “interfacing.” Later, people stopped selling products and services, started offering “solutions.”

Lately, we’ve seen “green” everywhere. We’ve been hearing “Six Sigma” for a decade and a half.
In any business or non-profit, when a new term comes along, you’ll sooner or later hear: Is this just another ‘flavor of the week’?
From that cynical start, let’s look at “Sustainable Solutions”—at practical concepts and methods that affect the 3BL, or “triple bottom line.” Continue reading

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development: Beyond Buzz

Sustainable development isn’t just a buzzword, it’s a revolution. It’s a revolution in design, thought, and efficiency. Through sustainable development, a company can prove to be of benefit to the local community, the environment, and the economy.

Sustainable Development, Sustainable Building

Baptist Health Care Systems earns LEED for Sustainable Development, Building

One aspect of sustainable development, sustainable building, refers to a process that is both responsible to the surrounding environment and ensures that the building does not waste resources during its life-cycle.

This includes not only when the building is in use, but also during its planning and construction phase. Indeed, much of the environmental damage caused by a building is done during its construction phase. Continue reading

When Should You Go Green?

Deciding To “Go Green”?

The idea of being sustainable and “green” has now been around long enough that it is no longer a matter of why but instead a matter of when everyone will “Go Green.”

When Freiburg Decided To Go Green…Then Greener

The German city Freiburg, which might be the greenest city in the world, does so primarily through the harnessing of a high amount of solar energy. Freiburg, before the Chernobyl explosion, had plans for a new nuclear power station in the area. Once the plans fell through Freiburg started to work on developing a safer, solar power program. This decision was the beginning of their movement towards sustainable solar power and soon afterwards they looked at generating different ideas that would give the citizens an incentive to live ecologically and economically sustainable.  Due to an advanced public transportation system, there are many areas of Freiburg where the majority of people don’t own or need to own a vehicle. Residents decided to Go Green, and they are able to be “greener” because of the planning and development efforts of the city to ensure a efficient and effective public transportation system. As in most German cities those people are also able to use their bikes because of the advancements in bikes lanes and driver awareness.
One might say for Freiburg it was easier because they were forced to reconsider their energy supply and there were few other option left besides renewable energy. But one must look at our times. Seriously, this the time we should all “Go Green.”

As A Company, Why Should You “Go Green”?

What can you do to set you apart from your competition? Could your company benefit from the decision to “Go Green” and pursue the prize of sustainability as a goal driver?

Don’t wait for the perfect invention to “Go Green.” Due to the ever-changing market of technology, it is best to look seriously at participating in the process NOW! Begin now with a decision to invest in a few ideas and in time those investments will provide long-lasting benefits, not only for your company but for everyone. Just do it; there’s never been a better time than now to “Go Green.”

What Is Integrity?

CRGSS Foundation: Integrity-Based Communications

Last week a client group pondered, “What is integrity?”  About 273,000 people in the U.S. ask that question every month, according to Google. More specifically, these professionals were talking about communicating with honesty and integrity.

What Is Integrity? Communicating Authentically

To answer the question, “What is integrity?” read the book Integrity-Based Communications.  It’s the foundation of our business, and our way of communicating with our clients, stakeholders, and every way we interact with the community.

Integrity-Based Communications Asks, Answers the Question: What Is Integrity?

Integrity-Based Communications also addresses credibility, wholeness, consistency in thought, attitude, action, and every type of behavior.  It digs deeper into one’s core values, and demands that one be true to those core values.

We share Ivan Misner’s theory that people want to be in relationship with people they know, like, and trust.  Honesty and integrity are necessary for building high-trust relationships, as outlined in the six principles of Integrity-Based Communications Continue reading

How Sustainable Are You Now?

Almost every article you read today, the word “sustainable” or “sustainability” is embedded somewhere in the text.  Clearly a timely topic, but what does it really mean?  Truth is, depends on who’s answering.

How Wall Street Defines “Sustainable”

Wall Street is clearly profit-driven, and their fundamental focus will remain the same.  In an expanding definition of “success” beyond dollars, CoreNet states that 81% of publicly-

traded companies now publish Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) information on their websites, including measurable sustainability.

“Sustainable” In a Broader Context

Each company’s CSR gives a narrative of sustainability focused on Triple Bottom Line (aka 3BL or TBL), on broader values and criteria for defining and measuring success. Defined as social, environmental, and economic, 3BL is interchangeable with People, Planet, and Profit.

Influenced by a commitment to sustainable development, in 2007 the United Nations and the International Council for Local Initiatives (ICLEI) jointly ratified 3BL as a new standard for urban and community accounting, which morphed into 3BL becoming the dominant approach to public sector full cost accounting. Continue reading