Category: Sustainable Practices

The Botanical Trend

By: Sara Kotarski Commercial plant products from companies such as Artisan Moss, Verde Profilo, and LiveWall are becoming increasingly popular in the market right now. This is partially due to the “botanical trend” that seems to have blossomed into the interior design industry over the past year. Companies of all shapes and sizes are introducing living plants as a design… Read More

Green Globes – a Green Building Initiative

By Janet H. Thomas There are multiple assessment systems to engage and assist the Design Community, Developers and Business owners in creating and maintaining sustainable environments. The Green Building Initiative (GBI) worked with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to bring an internet based assessment tool developed by Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment… Read More

How To Recycle More Responsibly

By: Julie Knight, RID Did you know there are certain retail manufacturers that have programs to take back items when your local recycler will not? Here are just a few: Patagonia Inc. is an American clothing company that sells outdoor sustainable clothing. The company offers the Worn Wear program that promotes keeping their high-quality garments in action longer through on-line… Read More

Plants Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

By: Donna Metallic, RID We are spending 90% of our time indoors and it’s becoming evident that there’s a huge disconnect between us as human beings and nature. There are simple tools that can help bridge the gap between our indoor spaces and outdoors.  One simple item to improving our indoor air quality, is indoor plants. Indoor plants can remove all… Read More

World Water Day for the Win

By: Kelsey Venekamp World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to help bring attention to a crisis faced by millions around the globe—limited access to fresh, clean water. This year’s theme ‘why wastewater’ emphasizes the significance of improving water quality by reducing the amount of untreated wastewater and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally. While water makes up… Read More

WELL Building Standard Workshop: A Review

By: Yasha Ogg This past Friday, February 10th 2017, I attended a WELL Building Standard workshop at the Lighting Agency in Denver, Colorado. With health and wellness being key words that are creeping into the building industry, it was interesting to learn about how this new rating system works. Pioneered by Delos, the WELL Building Standard is the culmination of… Read More

How to Promote Happy, Healthy Work Environments

By: Donna Metallic As Interior designers, we can influence the well-being of occupants and drive productivity of the occupants in the workplace by introducing the WELL Building  philosophy in which the built environments minimize the impact to the human occupant. The office workplace is morphing to adapt to new styles of leadership, to reflect the culture and brand of a… Read More

Sustainability 202 – A Facility Manager’s Perspective Part 2

By: Gary K. Pino, FMP, SFP Having had the opportunity to enroll in and successfully complete the IFMA Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP) designation course, I was bombarded with mind boggling SUSTAINABLE facts, figures and opinions to help me understand what is needed to “develop the knowledge and skills to envision, plan and implement strategic sustainability programs in existing facilities.” One of… Read More

Trash, Keep or Donate—A Moving Expert’s Guide to Lightening Your Load

By: Kelsey Venekamp In August of this year, I realized that I had hit a milestone in my life—I have now lived in Indiana for 8 years, which is officially the longest I have ever lived in one place! Unless you are also a military child, you wouldn’t understand the significance in that statement. The irony to this, however, is… Read More

7 Ways Design has Influenced the Olympics at Rio

By: Lindsay Ferro It’s that time again! The summer Olympics are officially here and creating excitement all over the world as we cheer on our favorite teams and players every day. Every two years, I am reminded of all the little details and design that go into preparing for the games whether summer or winter.  This year it has inspired… Read More