25+ Ways We Are 'Green'
We have made a commitment to be as environmentally
friendly as possible. We value and support sustainability and continue to look for more ways
to be green, conserve, re-use and recycle in our business and everyday living. Little things add
Here are the ways we do
- Our city yard is a Certified
Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife
Federation! Our yard & garden is and has always been 100% organic. We maintain
many birdfeeders and a small pond with a waterfall to provide food and water for birds and
wildlife all year-round. We have planted many dozens of bulbs, perennial and nectar
flowers for birds, hummingbirds, butterflies as well as the bees and pollinators which are
currently in grave danger from pesticides.
- We use
rooftop solar power (www.solarcity.com) with 28 solar panels on our roof
which generates at least 85% of our electricity needs for business and home.
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- The 15% balance of our electricity as needed is from
wind power - from the City of Fort Collins Wind
Power project.Currently this costs more per kilowatt
hour than regular electricity but these dollars contribute to the demand for green power and
helps fund additional wind farms in Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
- Participation in Fort Collins On-demand energy program to
regulate energy use (air conditioner) during summer during peak
- Recycle everything possible – paper, plastic, cardboard,
glass, cans and bottles, metal, electronics and other goods.
- Compost everything possible.
- Lots of green plants indoors to assist air
- Buying recycled office paper for documents
and mail outs.
- Only printing documents as
needed. Using email
instead of paper mailing whenever possible.
- Using cloth shopping bags to eliminate the use of plastic
- Serving water to clients
in drinking glasses instead of using bottled water in plastic
- Installed thermal UV window
film on all South & West windows to reduce energy and the load on the air conditioner in
- Drying massage laundry and
sheets on the closeline whenever possible to save energy.
- Commitment to NO pesticides for
lawn and garden, ever.
- Reducing car trips and using bicycle power when
- Sending PDF documents for information instead of
printing whenever possible.
- Putting information about our services on-line instead of
- Using Skype for conference calls instead of driving whenever
- Currently developing on-line eBooks & brochures
versus printed media.
- Recycling all office and
- Using low watt CF light bulbs where
- Using cloth rags to clean instead of paper
- Recycling all printer ink
- Using 'Energy Star' appliances & recycling old
- Conserving water by using a front-load low-water washing
- Using environmentally friendly cleaning supplies, paper goods
and other household products.
- Using essential oils in the laundry instead of wasteful dryer
- Buying goods with the least amount of packaging and recycled
packaging whenever possible.
- Using low flush toilets
and other ways to reduce total water usage.
- Growing flowers, herbs, perennials and Xeriscape plants to
beautify the environment, provide food and shelter for wildlife and birds. Many perennials and
annuals provide nectar sources for hummingbirds, and support habitat for honeybees, moths
and other pollinators.
- Supporting the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association in
Fort Collins, Colorado.
- We vote everyday with our dollars. When shopping for goods
and services whenever possible we buy from compaines that use sustainable practices
with minimal packaging. We focus on supporting businesses that are green - kind to
the planet, organic, local, that recycle, work toward sustainability and have green
- We contribute a portion of pre-tax profits to organizations
that actively promote peace
& sustainability, green ethics, sustainable living, Holistic health, environmental causes,
animal welfare and programs that educate and help women and children, including the Larimer County Food Bank, local schools and microcredit
loan donations through Whole Foods