Month: December 2012

The Gift of Giving

By:  Shannon Spence It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and the most giving!  Tis the season for the spirit of charitable giving! Most of us tend to make financial contributions to charities and non-profits at this time of the year. Some of us do it for the tax write-off, while others do it because we are passionate about… Read More

Green Products 2012 – One Last Look

By:  Janet Thomas, RID The year is almost gone and it seems a grand time to take one last peek at some fun Green products premiering in 2012. Whether you are freshening up your home for the Holidays or planning a new workspace for 2013 here are a few environmentally conscientious choices to explore: For the Coca-Cola lover who digs… Read More

“Tis the Season to be jolly” … and to say thank you for all that we already have.

By: Gary K. Pino, FMP This past Friday, all of the IDO Associates gathered together at our Firm Principal – Jill Mendoza’s house to celebrate our annual Christmas party. Although I was late for the party because of a prior commitment (i.e., a hockey game with all of my Eli Lilly hockey buddies), we made it just in time to… Read More

How to Specify the Right Carpet

By:  Donna Metallic People always ask me how I decide which carpet to pick for a project.  Well I cannot give all my secrets away, but here are a few key points that I use to launch my search. This is the first resource I use: Texture Appearance Retention Ratings developed by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) to assist… Read More

The tallest building in the United States is going solar!

By:  Julie Knight The Willis Tower, which once went by the much more famous title of Sears Tower, has 1,451 feet worth of windows that, until now, were actually somewhat of an energy drain. As part of a pilot program, a portion of the south side of the 56 floors has been fitted with Pythagoras Solar transparent solar-powered windows. The… Read More

Social Talk

By:  Donna Metallic Are you social media savvy? Who isn’t these days, right? Well, I have to say I leave a lot to be desired, when do you find the time to reconnect to your computer at home?  I do not have a hand held smart phone, so I am not connected 24/7.  Shame on me for wanting to have… Read More

Art, History and Craft Beer!

By: Jill Mendoza IDO Incorporated is proud to introduce you to, Indiana City Brewing Company, a new microbrewery coming to Indianapolis and promising to bring Art, History and Craft Beer back to one of the last of the city’s historic brewing buildings. Today, the Indiana City Brewing Co. is raising funds from investors to make specialty beers in the former Home… Read More

Navigating the “Red Lists”

By:  Daniel Overby It has been 50 years since Rachel Carson published Silent Spring. I recently took the time to read Carson’s seminal work (available through iTunes), which outlines the environmental and human health costs of using pesticides, insecticides, and other chemical applications, and was struck by the relevance of the message. The green building movement is approaching a crossroads with the building product… Read More