Sustainability

Sustainable Office EnvironmentsBeing sustainable means being viable in today’s business environment. It makes smart business sense. The more you save the planet and the people who live here, the more you help your company and the bottom line. Being more sustainable creates a positive social, environmental and economic value. Our space planners will help you create a space that is sustainable and productive at the same time. How? We help you become more efficient. Here are some simple ways to plan more sustainably when it comes to furniture selection and design. What is the Chemical Make-up? What Raw Materials are Being Used? A little research will help you find products that are being produced responsibly. Products like the Think Chair by Steelcase, is the first product to ever receive the Cradle to Cradle Product Certification from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) and Gold-level certification, are made with sustainable products. How are the Products Being Packaged and Transported?  The type of packaging being used and the distance a product travels adds to its environmental impact. How is the Product Going to be Used? Try and assess how long a product will be used and an action plan for disposal rather than dumping it in a landfill. Are there places the product can be donated once it’s no longer going to be used? Is there a charitable use? Are there places that will recycle the item? Can you re-sell it or refurbish it? Find more ideas here. Look for LEED Leed-certified buildings are rated for the efficiency by the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Program for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Building spaces that are LEED-certified may cost more upfront, but they will save money over the long run by being more efficient and sustainable. The Bottom Line By consuming less we are investing more in our communities by helping our neighborhoods prosper with innovative solutions that have an economic advantage to your company as well as the environment.