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 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

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 or Ernie Wheeler at ewheeler at, 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 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.