Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year!

Best wishes from all of us for a happy and prosperous New Year!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

News from Copenhagen

GreenBiz's Peter Lacy reports from Copenhagen that, while there is a lot of disappointment and frustration at the climate conference, in order to reach some success there are five remaining "Runners and Riders" that need to be resolved:

1. Targets in the North -- Developed country emissions reduction targets, particularly to 2020;
2. Targets in the South -- Defining what actions developing countries commit to take to mitigate greenhouse gases, overall and to 2020;
3. Finance -- Securing financing and capital flows to developing countries to fund both emissions reductions and adaptation to the impact of climate change;
4. Bunker Fuels -- The way countries should treat what are called 'bunker fuels' -- jet and marine fuels -- in relation to their climate targets and programs, and whether to tax aviation and shipping;
5. Forests – Finance for avoided deforestation and aforestation under the REDD+ program, particularly monitoring and verification of developing country forests


Lacy goes on, writing,

For government, getting this mix right will dictate success or failure on commitments. For business leaders, understanding the impact on current and future markets will give insight into the value at stake, determine direction and start to plan for their own important journey from strategy to execution.

ExxonMobil moves to shale gas

An interesting piece here by the Daily Finance's Mark Svenvold. ExxonMobil is buying up North American shale gas:

ExxonMobil's move into shale gas comes at a time when natural gas is increasingly weaponized. When Ukraine balked at Russia's price for natural gas in January 2006, Russian president Vladimir Putin shut off Ukraine's gas supply -- in the dead of winter. And in a brief 2008 war between Georgia and Russia, the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline -- one of two pipelines supplying much of Europe's natural gas -- was almost hit by mortar fire.

The use of North American shale gas could help neutralize such a supply-chain risk. And experts agree that natural gas is fast becoming the primary transitional fuel, bridging our reliance today on fossil fuels with a future ideal dependent on renewable energy. So while StatOil's and ExxonMobil's drives into domestic natural gas might seem to make little economic sense, they're part of a long-term strategy.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Cleaners worth more than bankers

From the BBC -- of absolutely no surprise to anyone, a study by think tank the New Economics Foundation, says hospital cleaners create £10 of value for every £1 they are paid.

Addtionally, the research shows that:

bankers are a drain on the country because of the damage they caused to the global economy. They reportedly destroy £7 of value for every £1 they earn. Meanwhile, senior advertising executives are said to "create stress".


A bit hard to believe that they needed to do an actual study to realize this, but it's always good to be aware of who exactly creates wealth. The report also showed that "child minders and waste recyclers are also doing jobs that create net wealth to the country."

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Spread holiday cheer with the Pajama Program

In the holiday spirit, if you are searching for a worthy charity, please consider our favorite: the wonderful Pajama Program.

The Pajama Program, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, provides new warm pajamas and new books to children in need – many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted.

This year, we are not as concerned with opening our presents as opening our hearts. We wish you and yours a warm and wonderful holiday season!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Copenhagen live 24/7

Click here for live 24/7 coverage from the Copenhagen climate change conference!
Another excellent piece from Daily Finance's Mark Svenvold, reporting on November's Carbon Economy summit. Click here to read about his top picks of entrepreneurial ideas on how to address renewable-energy demand, carbon mitigation, and green jobs.

Greening US energy

Journalist Stephen Greenhouse (an appropriate name for this topic, don't you think?) reports in the NYTimes on some of the reasons why "green jobs have grown more slowly than hoped. The clean energy component of the $787 billion stimulus package has only recently started to kick in. Energy experts say that banks, which have been reluctant to lend generally, have been especially loath to lend for alternative energy projects." Worth reading the whole thing.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Media Matters for America on CRU hack

Media Matters for America has an excellent collection of denialist claims and scientific reality regarding the CRU hack here.

Gavin Schmidt, a climate scientist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, said: "There's nothing in the e-mails that shows that global warming is a hoax. ... There's no funding by nefarious groups. There's no politics in any of these things; nobody from the [United Nations] telling people what to do. There's nothing hidden, no manipulation. It's just scientists talking about science, and they're talking relatively openly as people in private e-mails generally are freer with their thoughts than they would be in a public forum. The few quotes that are being pulled out [are out] of context. People are using language used in science and interpreting it in a completely different way."

RealClimate on the CRU hack

RealClimate explains the CRU hack in clear simple terms here. Highly recommended reading.

In any case, however unpleasant scientists' personal emails are, our current understanding of global warming physics is not affected by anything in the hacked files. How quickly the planet will heat under what CO2 concentrations is not yet pinned down to absolute certainty (as science rarely deals in certainties), but the stolen files neither significantly contribute to nor challenge our current understanding of global warming physics.

We will keep following this story.

UPDATE:

Just to remind you that, as we mentioned previously, RealClimate has a new page of posted raw and processed data here.

They write about their page:

The climate science community fully understands how important it is that data sources are made as open and transparent as possible, for research purposes as well as for other interested parties, and is actively working to increase accessibility and usability of the data. We encourage people to investigate the various graphical portals to get a feel for the data and what can be done with it. The providers of these online resources are very interested in getting feedback on any of these sites and so don’t hesitate to contact them if you want to see improvements.

CRU hack: Climategate?

Kevin Drum at Mother Jones discusses the CRU hack, now dubbed "Climategate", here.

Among the stash of emails recently hacked from computers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia, one mentioned a "trick" for producing a nice looking graph, but the word "trick" was plainly used in the sense of "technique," not chicanery. There's nothing questionable there. Another bunch of emails shows that when scientists are communicating privately they can be as catty and nasty as anyone else. It's good gossip fodder, but nothing more. Another set of emails deals with outraged reaction to a particular journal article, but this isn't news. It was an entirely public incident when it happened a few years ago, and half the board of the journal resigned in protest. The emailers were determined not to have shoddy science published in peer-reviewed journals, and there's nothing wrong with that.


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For years the CRU has resisted public release of its underlying datasets, partly for the understandable reason that they're tired of dealing with amateurs who comb though raw data looking for ways to pretend that warming isn't really happening, and partly because they don't have the authority to release it all. Still, science is all about transparency, and annoying or not, the data should be available. Now it probably will be, and under the worst possible circumstances. It's going to be rough sledding for the next couple of years against the fever swamp crowd, aided and abetted by the coal industry.
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More on CRU hack

The New York Times covers the CRU hack here.

CRU hacked

The BBC reports that the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia has been hacked, and unpleasant private emails posted on the Internet. More as this story develops.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Fun for kids

Do you know any kids who have done something useful for the environment? Check out the EPA-sponsored President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA).

Climate scientists explain global warming

RealClimate has a very useful list of global warming denial arguments and the science that refutes them here.

Additionally, they have posted their data sources online here.

Real science from real scientists -- thank you, RealClimate!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A reminder on your carpet reclamation partners

Don't throw your old carpet into the landfill! It's expensive and wasteful. Click here for CARE's list of carpet reclamation partners near you. It's healthy for your bank account and the planet.

It was great to see you GLO!

We enjoyed seeing you at our November Halloween EcoGlo party -- and we’ve commemorated this event on the RD Weis Companies YouTube channel. Click here to view.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!

RD Weis Companies provides high-visibility photoluminescent and anti-slip step edge and path marking systems from EcoGlo. Activated by natural or artificial light, the systems emit a steady glow guiding people safely up steps and through passages—in all conditions.

Our photoluminescent emergency egress lighting systems fulfill the supplementary emergency lighting requirements of New York City RS6.1.

Friday, November 6, 2009

NIOSH Science blog: The Business Case for Safety and Health

Steve Wurzelbacher, Ph.D., CPE, Ginny Frings, Ph.D., and Mei-Li Lin, Ph.D. report that NIOSH has a new course, developed with the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Williams College of Business at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, for MBA students entitled "Business Value of Safety and Health."

The course aims to teach the next generation of executives that workers are a critical asset for a company in today's competitive marketplace and, therefore, investing in their safety and health is more than the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do. The course addresses how companies can evaluate OEHS interventions and programs in order to choose and implement the most cost-effective ones that will both improve occupational safety and health for workers and support the business objectives of the company.


Interesting and useful. We hope to see more education like this.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Carol M. Browner to Deliver Closing Address at Greenbuild Conference Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

Key Obama Climate Strategist Carol M. Browner to Deliver Closing Address at Greenbuild Conference Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, held Nov.11-13, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz.

“The green building movement is fundamentally changing our economic and environmental future, and it’s a movement that we all must be a part of,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC.


The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community of 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 131,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. economy from 2009-2013.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Just A Reminder to Come Glo With RD Weis November 4th

Wear all black and be illuminated by the GLO! Join us for Halloween candy, hors d'oeuvres, and drinks with RD Weis friends and colleagues, and learn about the best photoluminescent lighting systems available!

We'll be wearing black to learn about Ecoglo, our new sustainable photoluminescent emergency lighting and anti–slip step edge and path marking system.

When: Wednesday, November 4th, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: RD Weis Companies
260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500
New York, NY 10001

RSVP: Sheri Gorman
sgorman at rdweis.com
ph: 212-376-5355 X 202
We look forward to seeing you there!

Understanding REDD

Absolute must-watch video, explaining REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) from the New America Foundation.

Tropical deforestation accounts for 20 percent of all carbon emissions into the atmosphere, more than the combined emissions of every car, truck, ship, plane and train on the planet. A new market mechanism, REDD is being developed so that residents of tropical forest properties can earn more money from the standing forest than from its removal.

The REDD concept is part of the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill, which would allow U.S. companies to offset the carbon they emit by paying tropical countries and their citizens not to cut down their rainforests. A market-based system that includes REDD will also be on the agenda at the UN-sponsored talks in Copenhagen this December, where representatives hope to hash out a new climate change treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.


A very important bit of info as we head into the Copenhagen talks this winter.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Connect with Habitat in your community

The holiday season is approaching... do something that feels good -- help other people. Connect with Habitat for Humanity in your community! Click here to find your local Habitat affiliate and learn about volunteer opportunities and events in your area. You can also read local field notes, search for campus chapters and locate the Habitat ReStores nearest you.

Going Green: Safe and Healthy Jobs

The fine folks at NIOSH have a blog. Read their wonderful post on green jobs here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

NIOSH on Twitter

Follow NIOSH tweets here. Very useful, up-to-the-minute information! Thank you, NIOSH!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

NIOSH flu resources

Here's another excellent source of helpful info about the flu. Thanks to the CDC and the National Institute for Safety and Health!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Preparing for the flu: a toolkit for employers

Here is an excellent toolkit from flu.gov to take to help protect your workers and your business from the flu:

The purpose of "Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Businesses and Employers" is to provide information and communication resources to help businesses and employers implement recommendations from CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to the 2009-2010 Influenza Season.

Preparing for the Flu: A Communication Toolkit for Businesses and Employers (PDF - 2.1MB)

The toolkit includes:

Letter from the Secretaries of Commerce, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Labor

Questions and Answers about CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to 2009 H1N1 Influenza (PDF Version - 264KB)

Quick Reference for Business 2009 H1N1 Flu Planning and Response (PDF Version - 137KB)
1 Fact Sheet for Employers

Actions Steps to Keep Your Business and Employees Healthy (PDF Version - 266KB)

1 Fact Sheet for Employees

8 Ways You Can Keep Yourself Healthy (PDF Version- 236KB)

1 Poster for Workplace Entrances to Remind Sick Employees to Go Home

STOP! Do You Feel Sick? (8.5" x 11") (PDF - 354KB)

STOP! Do You Feel Sick? (18" x 24") (PDF - 892KB)

3 Template E-mails (or Letters) for Businesses to Send to Employees

Flu Season is Starting. Get Ready Now! (DOC - 40.5 KB)

If You Are Not Feeling Well . . . (DOC - 35 KB)

Staying Healthy . . . (DOC - 39.5 KB)

Text Messages for Businesses to Send to Employees (PDF Version - 123KB)

Additional Communication Resources for Businesses to Share with Employees (PDF Version - 467KB)

Additional Web Resources for Businesses to Use for Planning (PDF Version - 219KB)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Obama administration bypasses US Chamber of Commerce

In another blow to the increasingly irrelevant and obstructionist US Chamber of Commerce, the Obama administration is going directly to CEOs of major US corporations, bypassing the Chamber entirely.

Historically, the Chamber of Commerce has served as something of a gatekeeper: if powerful policymakers wanted to make headway with business leaders, they had to go through the Chamber to get to them. The White House prefers to simply go around the gatekeeper and engage the community directly.


We will continue to keep our eyes on this series of events.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Major corporations ditch US Chamber of Congress over global warming denial

This is amazing: Pacific Gas & Electric Company, PNM Resources, Nike, and Exelon, among other major corporations are ditching the US Chamber of Commerce over their global warming / climate change denial.

PG&E's press release states:

PG&E Corp. (PCG) said Tuesday it is leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over objections to what its top executive called the chamber’s “extreme position on climate change.”

In a letter to the U.S. Chamber published on PG&E’s blog, www.next100.com, PG& E Chairman and Chief Executive Peter Darbee wrote that company employees “find it dismaying that the Chamber neglects the indisputable fact that a decisive majority of experts have said the data on global warming are compelling and point to a threat that cannot be ignored.”


Excellent news. Global warming is real, and it's really bad for business.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Milliken goes to paper-free order confirmations

Milliken goes paper-free order and now sends confirmations and notifications electronically.

Milliken said the move is part of an ongoing effort to eliminate unnecessary paper documents and reduce waste. Not only does this decision save time and paper for printing the documents, it conserves envelopes, postage, toner, and energy.


Everybody should do this!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Now, this is a green building!

From Cliff Kuang, reporting for Wired Magazine: look at the astonishing photos and read the story of a truly green building -- this 8-story antigravity forest-covered building.

"Blanc uses a kind of techno-trellis as the underlying structure: A plastic-coated aluminum frame is fastened to the wall and covered with synthetic felt into which plant roots can burrow. A custom irrigation system keeps the felt moist with a fertilizer solution modeled after the rainwater that trickles through forest canopies."


All our awe and admiration to Patrick Blanc and his wondrously beautiful projects for the Athenaeum hotel in London and other landmark buildings around the world.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Goodwill Industries Buys Bay Area Carpet Recycler

From Floor Daily, a wonderful story, excellent news, and a trend to watch.

The carpet industry is struggling to figure out how to make money in carpet recycling. Currently, a lot of reclaimed carpet goes to power plants to be used as an alternate fuel, and is not recyled in the traditional sense.

This move by Goodwill in CA is an interesting option. Goodwill knows all about recycling -- most of the clothes that get donated never get resold on a rack, but instead get sorted, bailed, and sold to people who deal in rag scrap. If Goodwill can succeed with carpet, it creates an incredibly rich collection system throughout the US, as they have facilities everwhere.

We're watching closely to see if this is a trend that might revolutionize the carpet recyling effort.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Pajama Program autumn calendar

Check out the Pajama Program's fall calendar here. This is one of our favorite charities -- we'd love it if you could attend any of these events!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Through Your Lens

The Healthy Schools Campaign is hosting a photo and essay contest.

Tell us, in photos or words, about your school building – what you are proud of and what you’d like to see changed. Be a detective, documenting and showing the world the good, bad and even the funny dimensions of your school building.

Your images and words will help raise awareness of the need for high quality school buildings for all students, teachers and communities.


Read more about The Healthy Schools Campaign here.

RD Weis Companies online brochure

Check out our online brochure here!

New Jersey's Solar Boom

Mark Svenvold in the Daily Finance has an interesting and informative article about the ongoing tensions between old and new power sources in New Jersey.

Two points worth consideration:

...the top solar country is cloudy, windy, Germany, which receives less sun than the rain-besotted state of Oregon. And the reason that Germany, on a national level, and New Jersey, on a state level, are surprising leaders? It's because they both have passed laws that help encourage the growth of the solar industry and encourage people to use solar power.


and:

The advantage that Asia and Europe seem to have over the U.S. is that their renewable markets are much more directed by government policy, whereas our renewable markets have been shaped from state to state. Our confused patchwork, directed by public power commissions like New Jersey's BPU, are often bogged down by inefficiencies and swayed by fossil fuel interests. With the exception of North Carolina, not a single state in the southeast has passed Renewable Portfolio Standards legislation.


Read the whole thing.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Achieving Energy Efficient Buildings

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Evan Mills, in the always excellent Climate Progress, has an interesting and though-provoking post about the form of energy efficiency called building commissioning here.

"Commissioning is arguably the single-most cost-effective strategy for reducing energy, costs, and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings today. Commissioning maximizes the quality and persistence of savings achieved through other energy-saving technologies and practices. The process ensures that building owners get what they pay for when constructing or retrofitting buildings, provides risk-management and “insurance” for policymakers and program managers enabling their initiatives to actually meet targets, and detects and corrects problems that would eventually surface as far more costly maintenance or safety issues. As such, commissioning is more than “just another pretty energy-saving measure.” It is a risk-management strategy that should be integral to any systematic effort to garner and maintain energy savings or emissions reductions."


Something to consider as we work toward more sustainable and energy-efficient buildings.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Altro Whiterock Event Wednesday, September 16th

Please join us at our Altro Floors Whiterock for Designers Event -- enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks with RD Weis friends, colleagues, and Jodi Arden and Andrew J. Ochs of Altro Floors.

Altro Whiterock is a durable, water-tight wall system designed specifically for building environments with strict hygienic standards.

Whiterock also integrates seamlessly with Altro’s slip-resistant, sustainable safety flooring– making it ideal for areas such as kitchens, showers, operating rooms, clean rooms, and manufacturing plants.

Jodi Arden, Altro Floors A&D Specification Representative, and Andrew Ochs, Altro Floors Technical Services, will present a brief Whiterock history, including its synergy with floors, and then lead us in a demo of Altro Whiterock Thermoformer. Click here for more information.

Of special interest for designers, Andrew will explain areas of use, and will also cover application, and flooring tie-in.

On Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., this event will be held at RD Weis Companies’ Manhattan office: 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001.
RSVP: Sheri Gorman at 212-376-5355 X 202 or email her, sgorman at rdweis.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At the RD Weis Companies Manhattan office, 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001

Please RSVP: Sheri Gorman, sgorman at rdweis.com, 212-376-5355.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Amazing! Efficient and beautiful design ideas from nature

Janine Benyus's gorgeous, inspiring lecture on green chemistry and design ideas from nature: a must watch. Great ideas, and a wonderful area of inquiry for us all as we work to create sustainable designs and processes.

Monday, August 10, 2009

CDC has Swine Flu vaccine in production

The CDC has isolated the H1N1 virus and modified the virus, and they've got a vaccine in production -- they hope it will be available in time for flu season. Read more at CDC's site here.

Climate change and national security

John Broder has an extremely important article in The New York Times on the ways in which global warming and climate change will seriously affect our security. Military and intelligence analysts examine the prospect of food shortages, water crises and catastrophic flooding driven by climate change that could demand an American humanitarian relief or military response.

Broder writes,

If the United States does not lead the world in reducing fossil-fuel consumption and thus emissions of global warming gases, proponents of this view say, a series of global environmental, social, political and possibly military crises loom that the nation will urgently have to address.


This is a reality that we must face, and sooner rather than later.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Restore NY

Spread the news -- Restore NY is a program designed to encourage economic development and neighborhood growth by providing municipalities with financial assistance for revitalization of commercial and residential properties.

ESDC is making $150 million available for the third round of grants and soliciting proposals from municipalities for competitive review.

Let your friends, colleagues, and clients know about this amazing initiative.

Greenversations questions of the month

The EPA's blog, Greenversations, is hosting their Question of the Month. For August, the theme is Weather and Climate.

Send in your question or comment on others'.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ecoglo photoluminescent emergency lighting

We love Ecoglo -- available-light-charged, photoluminescent emergency lighting that is UL924 compliant... and your green substitute for electrically-powered signs. With no need for wiring, no batteries, Ecoglo reduces your 30-year operating costs by over 90%.

IEHA

Check out the international executive housekeepers association -- a wonderful non-profit that helps facility managers maintain cleaner and healthier building, from hotels to hospitals. Tons of great resources here.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Detroit All Day Flooring Expo Tuesday, August 18


Please join RD Weis Companies, friends, and colleagues for the 
2nd Annual 
RD Weis Companies 
Flooring and Interiors Expo on 
Tuesday, August 18
 for education, networking, and refreshments!

Dana Swartz, Chris Mancus and RD Weis Companies are hosting an all day Flooring Expo. Join colleagues and friends Detroit — these events are especially great if you missed NeoCon in Chicago.

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Embassy Suites – Southfield
Woodward Ballroom

Please RSVP to Dana Swartz, email dswartz at rdweis.com or phone 248 548 8434.

Stop by on your way to work or for lunch, take a look, and network! Enjoy food, fun, and facts from major flooring companies:
Blueridge, Bolyu, Mannington, Patcraft, Lees, Tandus, J&J, Milliken, Antron Fibers, Florstar Distributing, CDC Distributing, Hampton Products, and Blakely Products.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Global Warming and Failed States

Stephan Faris in Foreign Policy has an excellent -- if frightening -- article about global warming, melting glaciers, and failed states, specifically Pakistan. This is a must-read.

Bad news -- and yet another reason to get serious about dealing with global warming.

Monday, July 20, 2009

You’re invited to the 2nd Annual RD Weis Companies Flooring Expo

You’re invited to the 2nd Annual RD Weis Companies Flooring Expo: July 20th through 31st -- join us for education, networking, and lunch from 12 to 2 p.m.

RD Weis Companies brings NeoCon to NYC! Join colleagues and friends in Manhattan -- especially great if you missed NeoCon in Chicago.
Stop by for lunch, take a look, and network -- come one day or every day! Enjoy food, fun, and facts from major flooring companies:

• Monday, July 20: The Mohawk Group: Lees, Bigelow, and Karastan, with New York Surfaces Capri Cork, EcoDomo, and AlumaFloor

• Tuesday, July 21: Milliken Carpet

• Wednesday, July 22: J&J/Invision, Johnsonite

• Thursday, July 23: Bentley/Prince Street, with Roppe

• Friday, July 24: Mannington Commercial

And next week:

• Monday, July 27: Atlas Carpet, with Mats Inc., and Bolon

• Tuesday, July 28: Blueridge, with Centiva

• Wednesday, July 29: The New Patcraft and Designweave, with Shaw Contract

• Thursday, July 30: Tandus

• Friday, July 31: Interface


Join us at 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001.
Please RSVP to Sheri Gorman at 212-376-5355 X 202, or email her, sgorman at rdweis.com.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Monday, July 20: Pajama Program celebrates National Hug Your Kid Day.

One of our very favorite charities, Pajama Program, will celebrate "National Hug Your Kid Day" on Monday, July 20th.

Drop off a pair of new teen size pajamas for girls (adult size S-XXL) at our Pajama Program Reading Center in NYC on the 20th and we will have a delicious Moon Pie waiting for you!! A pair of PJ's is like a hug at bedtime for our children.
If you can't stop by in person and you want to help us get pajamas to our girls, please donate! Here's how:

Support our cause and donate on Facebook!

Or donate at our website!


You may follow Pajama Program on Twitter here.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day

Here's the Declaration of Independence;

here's the Constitution of the United States;

and here's our Bill of Rights.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful day in celebration of our independence.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Report on Climate Conference in Copenhage

RealClimate has an interesting post on the climate conference in Copenhagen, with 2500 participants from 80 countries, and 1400 scientific presentations. Worth a read.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

We love concrete!

We are madly in love with concrete. Seriously! It's green, sustainable, strong, versatile, cost-effective, and can be absolutely lovely. Check out The Concrete Network here for ideas -- if you're not already utterly enamored of this amazing building material, you soon will be.

Science and politics clash in conservation

It seems a bit peculiar that many conservatives have chosen politics over science, especially in climate change. The word "conservative" after all includes "conserve," and generally speaking conservatism is about conserving and acting in a cautious, sensible manner. Somehow, however, modern conservatism finds itself in the bizarre position of acting reflexively against science, caution, and common sense -- simply because, oddly enough, the conservation position is associated with liberal politics. It's strange. Anyway, here is the NY Times' Paul Krugman with a sharp, succinct observation on this situation.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

BuildingGreen offers LEED A-P practice exam

The always excellent BuildingGreen is offering another great service:

BuildingGreen is making its unofficial LEED for New Construction Accredited Professional (LEED AP) practice exam available to BuildingGreen Suite members hoping to take the exam before it changes on June 30, 2009.


Their exam is as difficult as the real one, so be sure to take advantage of this.

Foodometer -- How much oil is in your food?

Here's a charming and very effective, educational video about how much oil is in our food -- from fertilizer to transportation. Yikes.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

You're Invited to the RD Weis Companies Detroit June 22 Networking Event

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and drinks with RD Weis friends, colleagues, and Doug Young and Leigh Wright from Centiva.

There will be three or four options for the flooring in our CafĂ© -- we will vote on which floor we will install. We’ll also show you the design process that Centiva uses.

Throw your business card into our raffle for the chance to win an iPod!

This event is from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22nd at RD Weis Companies’ Detroit office: 25359 Dequindre Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071
. Call 248 548 8434 or RSVP Dana Swartz at 248 548 8434 or email her, dswartz at rdweis.com.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

An Office Building Constructed From 32 Used Steel Shipping Containers

In ultimate recycling news, MetroGREEN Business journalist Jonathan Schein mentions the "Box Office," a Providence RI office building constructed from 32 used steel shipping containers, and due for completion in 2010. Apparently, nearly 40 percent of the building is already leased. The steel containers aren't the only thing getting recycled -- the building is in a run-down area, and this project looks likely to bring back some life. Excellent work all around!

The US EPA Has A Blog

The U.S. EPA has a new blog, Greenversations, here. We've added it to our reading list.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Thank You Rochester!

RD Weis Companies Rochester friends, colleagues, and Heidi Rose of Atlas Carpet Mills welcomed the Spring with a party and networking event celebrating the environmentally friendly and sustainable line of Atlas Carpet Mills’ beautifully designed commercial broadloom featuring Antron Legacy and Lumina fibers.

Thanks again to all our friends.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thank You Detroit!

We had a great time at our RD Weis Companies Detroit networking and cocktail party. Check out the video of our very fun event here.

Thanks again to all our friends and we hope to see you again soon.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Our April Networking Event is on YouTube

RD Weis Companies friends and colleagues had a wonderful time and enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at our Centiva Designer night. Check out the video here.

Altro Whiterock Party postponed!

Please Read: The Altro Whiterock Event scheduled for Wednesday, May 20th has been postponed to Wednesday, September 16th. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you in September!

The new date for the learning event and party is:

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

At the RD Weis Companies Manhattan office, 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001

Please RSVP: Sheri Gorman, sgorman at rdweis.com, 212-376-5355.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, May 15, 2009

USGBC Accepts GREENGUARD-Certified Products for LEED

Post by Sheri Gorman, LEED AP, RD Weis Companies Member, Starnet Environmental Issues Committee

Interior Sources has a wonderful report about the US Green Building Council (USGBC) now accepting GREENGUARD-Certified products for LEED.

There are currently more than 200,000 GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality and GREENGUARD Children & Schools certified products available. For a complete list, visit the online guide at www.greenguard.org.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

You're Invited to the RD Weis Companies Rochester May 21 Networking Party

Everyone in or near Rochester NY -- welcome the Spring with an environmentally friendly and sustainable line of beautifully designed commercial broadloom, from Atlas Carpet Mills in Los Angeles California, featuring Antron Legacy and Lumina fibers.

Join RD Weis Companies, friends, colleagues, and Heidi Rose, Atlas Carpet Mills, for learning and networking on Thursday, May 21st, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. for a party with cheeses, fruit, and beer and wine.

Come see what Antron Legacy and Lumina fibers and RD Weis Companies carpet maintenance can do to help your workplace be cleaner, greener, and more efficient.

This party will be held at our Rochester office: 245 Summit Point Drive, suite 3, Henrietta, NY 14467. Please RSVP: mpendergast at rdweis.com or ewheeler at rdweis.com, or call us at 585-334-8570

We look forward to seeing you there!

You're Invited to the RD Weis Companies Detroit May 19 Networking and Cocktail Party

Hey Detroit!

Join us Tuesday, May 19th for hors d’oeuvres and drinks with RD Weis friends, colleagues, designers, and mill reps!

From 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, May 19th, this party will be held at RD Weis Companies’ Detroit office: 25359 Dequindre Road
, Madison Heights, MI 48071
.

Please RSVP to Dana Swartz at 248 548 8434 or email her, dswartz at rdweis.com.

We look forward to seeing you there.

You're Invited to the RD Weis Companies May 20 Altro Floors Party

Join us Wednesday, May 20th at our Altro Floors Whiterock for Designers Event --enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks with RD Weis friends, colleagues, and Jodi Arden and Andrew J. Ochs of Altro Floors.

Altro Whiterock is a durable, water-tight wall system designed specifically for building environments with strict hygienic standards.

Whiterock also integrates seamlessly with Altro’s slip-resistant, sustainable safety flooring– making it ideal for areas such as kitchens, showers, operating rooms, clean rooms, and manufacturing plants.

Jodi Arden, Altro Floors A&D Specification Representative, and Andrew Ochs, Altro Floors Technical Services, will present a brief Whiterock history, including its synergy with floors, and then lead us in a demo of Altro Whiterock Thermoformer. Click here for more information.

Of special interest for designers, Andrew will explain areas of use, and will also cover application, and flooring tie-in.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, May 20th, this event will be held at RD Weis Companies’ Manhattan office: 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001.
RSVP: Sheri Gorman at 212-376-5355 X 202 or email her, sgorman at rdweis.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

And Yet More Helpful Information About the Flu

Visit the FluWiki here for breaking news and info.

More Helpful Information About the Flu

For more information and up-to-the-minute news about Swine Flu:

OSHA Safety and Health, Pandemic Influenza

OSHA has very useful information about protecting workers during a flu outbreak here.

EPI Report Finds Green Investment the Most Stimulative

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has a report on green jobs and investment, explaining the long-term economic benefits of public green investments.

The report finds that green investment is one of the most stimulative forms of government spending, providing a 1.6:1 return-to-investment ratio. This is greater than generic infrastructure investment (1.59), temporary tax cuts (1.03), and corporate tax cuts (0.3). A significant percentage of these returns would come in the form of new, higher-paying jobs. EPI estimates that a $100 billion investment would yield a 1.1 million net job increase over two years.

EPI's model projects that $100 billion in green investments would generate 750,000 jobs and raise wages of non-college educated workers by about half a percent per year.

It would also help keep our planet livable, always a good thing.

Read the EPI report here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu and You

Making Light has an excellent, comprehensive flu resource page here.

The CDC is here, and the World Health Organization is here.

Remember, wash your hands! Keep surfaces clean: the flu is spread in droplets, so regularly cleaning away those droplets is a big help. While viruses -- unlike bacteria -- cannot be killed (because they are not alive), they can be avoided. Washing your hands and not touching your face after touching a public surface keeps you safer.

Cleanliness is always our best weapon against communicable illness.

Monday, April 27, 2009

NYTimes: Fossil Fuel Industry Ignored Own Scientists

The New York Times has an amazing article, by Andrew Revkin, about how the oil industry ignored its own scientists' finding about global warming. Read this very important article here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day Fun Facts

Here are some fun facts about Earth Day:

  1. Earth day was started in 1970, established by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. The idea came from a plastics worker in Iowa, John McConnell.
  2. Only one country participated in the first year, and this year, 175 countries celebrate Earth Day.
  3. In 1970 20 million people celebrated Earth Day and last year the number was 500 million people.
  4. 75% of the water pumped out of the ground is recycled.
  5. Today 32% of our waste actually gets recycled.
  6. It takes 100 years for a wire coat hanger to be broken down in a landfill.
  7. If the auto industry meets its gas mileage targets of an average MPG of 35 by the year 2018, there will be 241,000 new jobs just in the auto industry.
  8. When this gas mileage average is attained, consumers will save $37 billion a year in lower gas costs.
  9. 70% of toxic waste in landfills is caused by electric products being thrown away even though they are all recyclable. Things like your old televisions, computers, cell phones, etc.
  10. Water is a big issue worldwide. In the US, each of us has a water footprint of 660,430 gallons of water per year, compared with Japan 303,000 and China 184,000. This figure of course takes into account all of the water that is used in the US from watering grass, fountains, producing goods, drinking water, sewer, etc. 

Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22.


Other fun and interesting places to visit this Earth Day are:
  • American Forests, who has earned four stars from Charity Navigator and approval from the BBB Wise Giving Alliance
  • Every day is a good day to visit Grist, and most definitely RealClimate, where you get climate science from climate scientists -- not PR flacks from Exxon
  • GreenSource is always useful, and don't forget their blogs and forums
  • Take action with We Can Solve It
  • Get your business into the green with GreenBiz
  • and of course the US Green Building Council remains our best green resource -- don't forget to keep up with the new LEED!

Happy Earth Day -- wishing you and your business long-term and sustainable success!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Carpet Reclamation by Design

Here's a very nice piece on Starnet and carpet reclamation by Elisabeth White, Vice President of Business Development for RWA Flooring Solutions, LLC. Click on the image for a better view.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Our March LEED AP Celebration and Networking Event is on YouTube

RD Weis Companies friends and colleagues met for veggies, dips, crackers, and cheese -- and cookies -- from Fresh Direct, and to celebrate of the end of winter with LEED AP Sheri Gorman.

The United States Green Building Council provides top quality educational programs on green design, construction, and operations for professionals from all sectors of the building industry.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings—a practical rating tool for green building design and construction.

RD Weis celebrates the burgeoning spring (and helps you earn LEED points for your projects).

Friday, April 3, 2009

You’re Welcome to Visit the RD Weis Companies Port Chester NY A & D Resources Library

Times are tough—but still, as an architect or designer your knowledge needs to be comprehensive and in-depth. Where do you find the resources you need for your continued success in these difficult times?

Designers and architects are always welcome to make free use of the myriad resource materials on flooring, sustainability, and related issues that we maintain in our Port Chester, NY library. We’ll serve you fresh coffee to help your studies!

We warmly invite you to stop by whenever you like to browse through and make use of the RD Weis Companies A&D Resource Library. View swatches, learn about sustainable flooring, get help from an A&D Consultant, and more.

RD Weis Companies is a Registered Continuing Education System Provider for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Our accredited one-CEU-Learning Unit courses cover a broad range of flooring issues. For those wishing to earn CEU credits, classes can be hosted at our corporate headquarters or presented on-site in your firm’s offices.

RD Weis Companies’ Corporate Headquarters
200 William Street
Port Chester, NY 10573

Please call us at 914-937-9337 or email Sheri Gorman at sgorman at rdweis.com to make arrangements. We look forward to sharing our knowledge and resources with you.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Today is the last day to register for v2 of LEED

Post by Sheri Gorman, LEED AP, RD Weis Companies Member, Starnet Environmental Issues Committee


The USGBC says,

LEED v3 to Launch April 27

The next version of LEED, known as LEED v3, will launch on April 27, 2009. The new version of LEED recognizes new technologies and advancements in building science and prioritizes energy efficiency and CO2 emissions reductions.

The three main components of LEED v3 are: LEED 2009, the new version of the technical rating system; a more user-friendly, reliable and faster LEED Online; and an expanded building certification infrastructure based on ISO standards, administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

USGBC is committed to supporting the transition to LEED v3 and is here to help every step of the way with expanded customer service hours, tutorials and new help features incorporated into LEED Online, and extensive webinars and other educational offerings. Visit www.usgbc.org/LEEDv3 for the latest information and support tools.


Click here to read all about it.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

You’re invited to the RDW Companies March 31 Spring Celebration and Networking Event

Please join RD Weis Companies and friends as we LEED the way into spring on Tuesday, March 31. We'll have delectable hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, and we'll celebrate our new LEED AP recipients.

This event will be held at our Manhattan office: 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please RSVP Sheri Gorman, sgorman at rdweis.com or 212–376–5355 X 202. We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Building Greener Facilities

Post by Sheri Gorman, LEED AP, RD Weis Companies Member, Starnet Environmental Issues Committee


The March 2009 issue of Interior Sources has an excellent, useful article, written by Sandra Goda Dino, up about the ROI of green design. Highly recommended!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Van Jones: The Green Collar Economy

Van Jones, president and founder of Green For All, a national NGO that advocates for building an inclusive green economy, has been tapped to serve as the Special Advisor for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. His duties will include helping craft job-generating climate policy and ensuring equal opportunity in the administration's energy proposals. Mr. Jones is also the author of The Green Collar Economy.

Here is newly appointed Green Jobs Czar Van Jones' explaining the Green Collar Economy.

Starnet Green Report

Post by Sheri Gorman, LEED AP, RD Weis Companies Member, Starnet Environmental Issues Committee

The Starnet Online Reclamation Tracker reports that since 2006, Starnet member companies have reclaimed:

3,280,198 sq. yds. (29,521,782 sq. ft.) of used carpet

Weighing over:

19,436,618 lbs.

This has avoided:

72,893 cu. yds. of Landfill

Saving over:

147,608,910,000 BTUs

That could supply with energy:

821 US Homes for 1 year

Global Warming Potential Averted:

Over 103,208,150 lbs. CO2 equivalent

Saving over:

45,020,717 Gallons of H2O

Great news from a great organization!

Monday, March 9, 2009

NSF 140 Guidance Manual Published

Dalton, GA. March 9, 2009 - A guidebook to help manufacturers through the complicated certification process for the NSF/ANSI 140- 2007 Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard has been released for widespread use. Published by NSF International, the private, not-for-profit, standards development and product certification organization, the guidebook is designed to make it easier to use NSF 140 and to establish consistency in the data collection and documentation required for certification.


According to NSF International, the guidance manual complements the Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard by providing "useful test methods, processes, and other tools in order to report comprehensive, accurate and meaningful information about the environmental performance and social contribution of products and performance throughout the supply chain."


The NSF/ANSI 140-2007 standard applies to all broadloom and tile carpet floor coverings, and is intended to be used to evaluate carpet in commercial and institutional applications. Carpets certified under NSF 140 contribute towards building project totals under the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System in several categories, including innovation.


Initiated by the Carpet and Rug Institute, the standard was developed by the NSF Joint Committee for Sustainable Carpet, a multidisciplinary consortium of stakeholders from business, academia, environmental interests and government regulators. The guidebook helps carpet manufacturers measure their conformance in the areas of environmental and social responsibility, quality control and record keeping, public health and the environment, energy use, manufacturing processes, reclamation and end of life management, and innovation. An appendix document offers a Target Achievement Level Scorecard so manufacturers can evaluate whether they are on target for gold, silver, or bronze-level certification.


"We envisioned the Guidance Manual as a resource for manufacturers seeking to enter the certification arena. The final draft of the document is extremely well done, and I think will prove to be even more valuable than we originally expected," said Carpet and Rug Institute Vice- president and COO Frank Hurd.


The 71-page NSF 140 Guidance Manual was prepared by the Guidance Manual Task Group of the NSF Joint Committee for Sustainable Carpet.


Access the complete guidebook document here.


About NSF International


NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide.


About The Carpet and Rug Institute


The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is the source for science-based information and insight into how carpet and rugs can create a better environment for living, working, learning and healing.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Our February Networking Event is on YouTube

RD Weis Companies friends and colleagues met, mingled, and enjoyed cocktails and hors doeuvres at at an exhibition of the RD Weis Companies art collection. The artwork was shown at our Manhattan office.

Friday, February 27, 2009

You’re invited to the RDW Companies March 5th Sustainable Flooring Luncheon

Stop by, mingle with your professional peers, enjoy a delicious lunch, and learn something new from two of the best in the business: Mary Docker, CEO of Halo, and Christopher Capobianco of New York Surfaces as they discuss sustainable flooring such as cork and rubber.

This luncheon will be held at RD Weis Companies’ Manhattan office: 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001. Call Sheri Gorman at 212-376-5355 or email her, sgorman at rdweis.com to RSVP.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Great Green Ideas for Your Business

Post by Sheri Gorman, LEED AP, RD Weis Companies Member, Starnet Environmental Issues Committee

Think Reuse First!

Did you know that there are a number of non-profit (501 C3) organizations that happily accept used carpet tile and remnant donations? These groups either redistribute flooring to needy individuals, give it other non-profits, or sell the materials to generate funds, which help support local charitable efforts.

This is a great opportunity to “do the right thing” and give new life to old carpet. You’d also be helping your clients achieve potential tax benefits while generating some very positive PR for their businesses (and yours). These materials often end up occupying valuable warehouse space, so minimizing excess is just a good business practice.

First, you need to identify participating non-profits in your area. It’s easy to get started. Go to your favorite search engine and enter “REUSE CARPET,” along with your city. You’ll be amazed at the many results. Even easier, go to ReDO and click on “find a city.” A list of organizations, along with their accepted materials comes up.

(ReDO is a national and international tax exempt, 501(c) (3) non-profit organization promoting reuse on every level. It was created to fill an informational void identified at a February 1995 conference on reuse, where participants voiced a desire to avoid "reinventing the wheel" and share their knowledge.)

Linda Goldstein of CI Flooring Solutions in St. Louis, MO has found a unique way to make a difference in her community. Operation Food Search distributes food, free of charge, to more than 250 agencies in the Saint Louis area. Each month, more than1.5 million lbs. of food is distributed to 100,000 needy people. Operation Food Search has a number of ways in which it raises funds. One program is called Office Furniture to Food. Used office furniture and carpet are collected and sold, creating critical working capital for the organization.

Elizabeth White reports that for many years RWA Flooring Solutions of Grapevine, TX has been contributing outdated remnant stock to local area charities. In 2008, RWA donated to the Faith Christian School, Rio Bravo Orphanage, Beacon House and several local churches.

We here at RD Weis Companies have been sending carpet to The Loading Dock, Inc., (TLD) a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission of improving living conditions for families, neighborhoods, and communities. They strive to attain their goal of surplus building material redistribution while positively impacting the environment. TLD operates out of a 42,000 square-foot warehouse in southeast Baltimore that serves as the state’s central clearinghouse for salvaged surplus building materials -- materials that would otherwise clog up landfills -- and redistributes them. Since 1984, TLD has saved low-income housing and community projects over $16.5 million and has kept over 33,000 tons of building materials from going to landfills.

In New York, under a grant provided by the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), New York WA$teMatch, and CarpetCycle, a carpet removal firm, have partnered to find new uses for gently used carpet. These organizations work together to eliminate thousands of pounds of used carpet from going directly to landfills.

CarpetCycle collects old carpet from office buildings and other commercial properties in the tri-state area. They evaluate carpet, on-site, to determine whether the carpet is suitable for reuse, recycling or waste to energy. If carpet is deemed appropriate for reuse, New York WA$teMatch finds a new home for the flooring material. Postings on New York WA$teMatch’s website reach out to nonprofit groups, and new end-users help extend the life of these materials.

If you identify a non-profit organization in your local area that is accepting used carpet, please share this information with the Environmental Issues Committee (fred at starnetflooring.com).

You can make a difference – Reduce Waste, Reuse, and Reclaim!

You’re invited to the RDW Companies Rochester area Mardi Gras Party

Chase away the winter blues with environmentally friendly and eco-efficient flooring products designed to keep your workplace—and the Earth—cleaner.

Join RD Weis Companies, friends, and colleagues for networking on Thursday, February 26th, 2009 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a Mardi Gras party with hors d’oeuvres, locally-grown Four Chimneys organic wine, and cocktails.

This party will be held at 245 Summit Point Drive, suite 3, Henrietta, NY 14467.

RSVP Mike Pendergast at mpendergast at rdweis.com or Ernie Wheeler at ewheeler at rdweis.com, or call 585–334–8570.

You’re invited to the RD Weis Companies February Networking Event

Meet, mingle, and view the RD Weis Companies art collection!

Join us on Wednesday, February 25th at 6:00 p.m. for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at an exhibition of the RD Weis Companies art collection.

The artwork will be shown at RD Weis Companies’ Manhattan office: 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001. Call Sheri Gorman at 212-376-5355 or email her, sgorman at rdweis.com to RSVP.

Sustaining the Future: Our 2008 Green Report

In 2008, we recycled 73,000 yards of carpet—a 439 percent increase from 2007—and donated 1,600 yards of carpet to charity.

With an average of 548,600 square feet of carpet kept out of the landfill, RD Weis Companies saved 13,562 cubic yards of landfill, up 30 percent from 2007. This saved the equivalent of 2,746,692,000 BTUs, which could supply fifteen average US homes for one year. Additionally, the global climate change potential averted in CO2 equivalent pounds is 1,920,000 lbs, up 30 percent from last year.

We clean 70 million square feet of carpet a year using low moisture and dry carpet cleaning methods. Last year we saved 385,000 gallons of water, up 10 percent from 2007. Through all our reclamation activities, we saved 837,700 gallons of water, 30 percent more than last year!

We saved 42 trees with our paper recycling, up 20 percent from 2007, always a good thing.

We shifted our fuel-efficient fleet cars to American-made autos in support of Buy American efforts -- and we saved 3,700 gallons of gasoline, up 48 percent from last year.

Pretty good!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Starnet Starnotes

Remember to read Starnotes online! Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring Partnership is not doing hard copies of the Starnotes anymore, in favor of being greener through electronic messaging.

This month our friends at Corporate Floors are getting healthy, and Starnet members are encouraged to participate in the State of the Group survey.

Last October, RD Weis Companies was mentioned for our work at Pepsi's Energy Fair.

Carpet Reclamation Partners Near You

As part of their Landfill Diversion Initiative, CARE has an interactive map where you can find the carpet reclamation partner nearest you. They also have reclamation opportunities for post-consumer waste carpet.

LEED Residential Buildings

If you're interested in sustainable residential building, GreenSource Magazine has case studies of seven residential green buildings that embody innovative approaches to creating sustainable homes. Ranging from a narrow urban infill project to a sustainable home amid the Phoenix sprawl, these are absolutely gorgeous.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

DOE Energy Code Update

In a recent ruling, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) updated the energy code used by states in crafting their own codes for commercial buildings. All states now must have codes equal to or more stringent than ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 or apply for an exemption; the previous requirement referenced the 1999 version of the standard. The change represents a 12% increase in site energy savings, according to DOE.

From Building Green, via GreenSource .

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Quick Reminder

We want to remind NY people about New York Wa$te Match.

NY Wa$teMatch provides reuse, recycling and other innovative waste solutions to boost your bottom line. We help our clients reduce disposal costs, generate revenue and obtain raw materials for free.


If you are doing any renovating or other construction work, please visit their Materials Exchange here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Happy Feet at the Manhattan ASPCA


A 2,000 square foot converted parking garage is now a rehabilitation center and indoor exercise area for the rescued dogs in the ASPCA’s 92nd Street headquarters in Manhattan.

RD Weis Companies, working with manufacturer Nora Rubber and designers Paul Bonacci and Lucinda Schlaffer of ARQ Architects, installed hygienic and comfortable rubber tile flooring. Easy and fast to clean, the “Deep Sea” colored floor cushions the dogs’ feet and deadens noise.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Our FreeAxezUSA Party is on YouTube

RD Weis Companies has a YouTube channel. Please visit and check out our FreeAxazUSA cocktail party celebrating this amazing low profile access flooring.

One of our greenest, most flexible, and innovative flooring solutions, FreeAxez is a an all-steel, quick-connect low profile access floor that provides unparalleled capacity and flexibility for the modern office and high technology environment, saving life cycle costs, and improving workplace efficiency.