Archive for June, 2008

Better Bulb LED Products

drawing by: alyssaBetter Bulb is a Bethesda based center with several sustainable lighting options. You can find, CFL and LEDs in many shapes and sizes. The newest alternative is the CCFL, Cold Cathode Compact Fluorescents, which has a 25,000-hour life, is dimmable and has a fraction of the mercury compact fluorescents have. Attain 30 to 60 cents a square foot in tax credits when switching to a more efficient lighting alternative.  

Inspire Nutrition

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Inspire Nutrition promotes balancing nutrition , fitness, and lifestyle by offering monthly cooking classes in the Baltimore/Washington area. Get a nutrition consultation and find out more bout how what you’re eating effects your sleep, digestive system and work habits. Inspire Nutrition offers personal health consulting, corporate and goverment wellness. As well as programs for schools, universities and even your neighborhood gym or spa. Their mission focuses on “the demands of everyday life and the massive, often conflicting, amounts of information about nutrition and fitness can make focusing on health very difficult.”

August Moon Organics

detailAugust Moon Organics sells organic, ecological, fair trade, and sustainable hand-crafted products. Their mission is to care for the world we live in and rid it of harmful chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides that pollute our planet and quality of life. August Moon is devoted to learning more about our planet as a living entity and apart from offering products they offer their knowledge of “living green.” Check out the organic cotton yoga mat.

Green Roof Plants

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Green Roof Plants is located at Emory Knoll Farms in Street, Maryland. Proving over 100 varieties of plants Emory Knoll has extensive experience with roofing systems, soil mixes, climates, and working with manufacturers and designers. The farm also supports sustainable design by having solar pumps for all water needs in the greenhouse and photovoltaic panels for most electric needs.

GreenBuilders Inc.

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GreenBuilders Inc. is a general contractor in Maryland, specializing in remodeling, additions, and the use of straw bale construction when feasible. Polly Bart, PhD, founder of Greenbuilders, is also a LEED accredited professional , frequently working in that capacity as an advisor to general contractors.

They specialize in "not-so-big" construction design to reduce costs; non-toxic, natural materials which will are safe for families; one-of-a-kind handcrafted beauty in finishes and trims; and sensible heating and cooling plans which provide more comfort and save energy.

Greenbuilders recycles, reuses, and donates. Clients get the tax deduction and the satisfaction of knowing that their renovation isn’t sending valuable materials to the landfill. In fact, Greenbuilders does not use dumpsters at all!

Over the years, Julie Gabrielli has done a number of projects with Polly, much to the delight and satisfaction of her clients. Polly always brings practicality, common sense, honesty, great craftsmanship, and a deep care of the earth to her work.

LUKE WORKS

courtesy of: Luke Works

Luke Works is owned and operated by some of Baltimore’s finest artistic craftsman. All of Luke Works employees hold degrees or have extensive experience in the arts and furniture design. Although they specialize mostly in metal and concrete some others include bedroom sets or tables made from formaldehyde free wheatboard, bamboo, and reclaimed oak and all wood finishes are water-based which are low in VOC’s and HAP’s. “We use sustainably harvested forest products as well as reclaimed or recycled products whenever possible. We are always researching and testing new green and alternative products and processes.”

The Book Thing of Baltimore

photo by: gordon In the 1990s, Baltimore was "The City That Reads." This optimistic statement, found mostly on bus stops and benches, was replaced about ten years later by "The Greatest City In America." Big talk, yet Baltimore’s greatness lies arguably in its quirkiness, a truly fine example of what is The Book Thing of Baltimore . Its mission is "to put unwanted books into the hands of those who want them." How do they do it? The books are free! Donations from libraries, publishers, reviewers, authors, illustrators, and everyday people have given The Book Thing a collection of some 200,000 books on average. Aside from volunteers, who are always welcome to show up unannounced during store hours, The Book Thing is managed by Russell Wattenberg, a 29-year-old Brooklyn native and former bartender who used to hear schoolteachers complain that students didn’t have enough books. When Wattenberg started buying them books with tip money, people started to take notice and donated their own books. At some point it became apparent that the operation, which started in his basement, needed to expand. The store hands out about 10,000 books a week to a wide range of customers, from university professors to homeless people. The Book Thing accepts all books, regardless of age or subject matter. Wattenberg believes that if there’s a book, there’s someone who wants it. The Book Thing is open 9 am to 6 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Donations can be made any day of the week via two drop off bins that sit outside.