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Green Decade! Green Classes!

We’ve joined Newton’s Green Decade.

It’s an exceptional organization, taking environmental responsibility to the most local level. They began in 1990 when to most of us green = kermit the frog!  Today, they offer a comprehensive array of classes, information and resources towards becoming more eco-conscious. and energy efficient.

Check them out: http://greendecade.org

They put on really inexpensive classes and seminars that educate in how to live greener. (Free to $30)

Check these out! You don’t have to be a Newtonite to go.

  1. Organizing for Change through Energy Efficiency.Sunday, January 18, 7:00 pm
  2. Hope and Change: Socially Responsible Investing and Financial Planning Under the Obama Administration.Tuesday, January 20 at 7:30 pm
  3. Insulating Your Older Home. Saturday, February 7, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
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Eco-Friendly Printers

In our eco-friendly efforts, we have been looking at printers who can be both cost-effective and green. That isn’t easy combination.

But luckily, after weeks of searching, and trying a few places that didn’t work out, we’ve found a great printer that is somewhat local, uses recycled content and soy-based inks for great prices and quick turnaround. On top of that, they are very friendly and helpful to work with. They’re called 4over4.com.

They don’t advertise it blatantly, but all of their paper products, from business cards to envelopes, are partially recycled content, as well as using soy-based inks. They’re paper is also FSC (Forest Steward Council) certified.

We’ve made several orders from them so far, and have been very happy.

Happy ordering!

Think Preservation

See some Newton ‘Ahts

Upcoming To See

We’re looking forward to the next great autumn event:

Newton’s Open Studios

The Boston area Open Studios have been going on for over 20 years, and The Boston Open Studios Coalition has spread into a fully realized event in communities across our metro area.

Newton hast their own Cultural Council, who oversee Newton’s arts happenings like the Open Studios.

Think Preservation has been a proud sponsor of Newton Open Studios Juried Art and Craft Show & Sale since its beginning! We’re happy to continue our support of the diverse creativity in our community, and can’t wait to see the selection this year.

Dates

November 22-23. And a preview reception on November 2nd

To find out more, please go to theirweb sitehttp://www.newtonopenstudios.com

We hope to see you there! 

Thanks for a Great Harvest Fair!

Newton’s Harvest Fair: The perfect kick-off to Autumn in New England

Barry and Judy

The Newton Harvest Fair was great fun. We really enjoyed coming out, meeting more of our neighbors, and participating in a great community event. It was interesting to see all of the other participants and learn about their services.

We were also happy to have the chance to show our green mission. Since we’ve announced being Newton’s first green real estate company, we’ve been compile a list of GREEN GOALS. We can’t wait to share that, and it will be coming out soon. Check back here!

People seemed to love our little blue spruce saplings, part of our HELPING OUR COMMUNITY GROW GREENER campaign.

We ended up giving away almost 300 for adults and children to plant. In addition, we gave out some of the items we put in our customer appreciation canvas bags. Everyone was quite intrigued by the biodegradable pens, especially.

Thanks for the Great Time!

We’re at the Harvest Fair

Thinking of something fun to do this weekend?

What about a Harvest Fair?

We’ll be there at the Harvest Fair in Newton Centre.

Meet one of our owners

Barry

Please come meet Barry, Ken and some of our best people at the Think Preservation table, right around the corner on Union Street.

We’ll be giving away little spruce trees to show our appreciation to you, and our commitment to helping green our community.

Fair Information

Newton Centre Green – at Langley and Centre Streets. Our table is on Union Street. Dates are Saturday, October 18, 2008 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, October 19, 2008 11 AM to 5 PM

There will be lots of great things to see and do at the fair. Here’s the web site www.newtonpride.org/harvestFair.html

WE’RE HELPING OUR COMMUNITY 

GROW GREENER!

Newton’s FIRST Green Real Estate: We’re Doing the Right Thing!

Hello from Newton, Massachusetts! We are a small real estate company with something to say. We have made the decision to do the right thing by becoming a more environmentally friendly company. First, we recognize the amount of change an individual can make by being more conscious of the world around us. As a company of individuals, we have even more influence—and we want put our full efforts towards having a positive effect in our community.

Second, like many of you, we are just beginning to learn what environmentally conscious choices and possibilities are out there. The new array of advice, web sites, ‘green’ products and ‘eco’ services is overwhelming. There are so many questions. Who is trustworthy? Where are the facts best represented? What do all the new eco-labels mean? And how do we compare, to make sure our choices truly make the least environmental impact?

As we sort out answers, we want to share our journey with you. When we figure out choices and decisions that work, you’ll share them with us.

We also think you’ll be interested in seeing how a small company makes the leap into being more environmentally conscious. And, we think you’ll like watching how a we, as a real estate business, translate being green into everyday challenges of assessing, selling, and representing homes. How will being green effect our services? Will it effect who we represent? And of much interest: how will our customers react?

We’ve begun by trying to define our shared values, in conjuncton with reading some research out there.We also want to know what doing the right thing means when you work for profit. So we’ve looked at green values papers and sites like:

GREEN VALUES

A comprehensive green business site: www.greenbiz.com

Green Living Tips: www.greenlivingtips.com. And they have a great article on the Triple Bottom Line Theory at www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/264/1/Triple-bottom-line.html

Paul M. J. Suchecki writes wonderful articles for eHow on “How to Run a Green Small Business.” There are 8 parts so far! The first installment is at www.ehow.com/how_2032033_run-green-small-business-part.html

Lastly, but not least we’ve looked at Nellie Lide’s “How to Turn Your Existing Business Green” published at www.smallbiztrends.com/2007/10/how-to-turn-your-existing-business-green.html

Thanks to all of the authors for such helpful writing!

GREENING YOUR BUSINESS

Next, we’ve begun looking at models of green companies, web sites and blogs (which is a daunting task).

Here are a couple examples of great green web sites:

One of the few (brave) green real estate companies out there: www.greenkeyrealestate.com

A large, well-known company: www.seventhgeneration.com

and a nice blog example is: www.greenlinecafe.com/peru

We’ll have much more on changes we’re making, great information and links to come! Please visit us again soon!

–The Think Preservation Properties Team