Monday, December 20, 2010

Celebrating the holidays with a gift in your names for our nation's veterans

Dear friends,

On behalf of friends, clients, and colleagues,
RD Weis Companies has donated to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

This year RD Weis Companies celebrates the spirit of joy that attends our holiday celebrations with family and friends, and the happiness we feel from helping IAVA and the men and women who have served, and are currently serving, in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All of us at RD Weis Companies remain grateful to you for the opportunity you give us to work toward a cleaner, healthier world.

From our family to yours, best wishes for a joyful holiday season.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself

This is utterly awesome. TED Fellow Rachel Armstrong researches "metabolic materials" -- construction materials that possess some of the properties of living systems, and can be manipulated to "grow" architecture.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wonderful letter from Zeftron Nylon 2010 Sustainable Award

I am so pleased to share the following, with special thanks to the wonderful people at Zeftron Nylon Sales & Marketing and Shaw Industries Inc.:
Congratulations! You have been selected a runner-up to the 2010 Sustainable Practices Award presented by Zeftron® nylon. We want to recognize your commitment to creating more sustainable environments at home, at work and in your community with a $250 donation to the environmentally-focused charity of your choice.

Among the numerous submissions we received, yours showcased important sustainable practices. Coordinating reclamation efforts for RD Weis customers, forgoing car ownership to reduce your carbon footprint and recycling clothes through involvement with Wearable Collections are some of the creative ways you embody the spirit of the Sustainable Practices Award program. We applaud you!

In addition to awarding a donation to the charitable organization of your choice, we would like to include you and your endeavors in our marketing and public relations initiatives as we continue to promote the Sustainable Practices Award program to various audiences nationwide. With your permission, you will be mentioned in our company’s website, promotional materials and trade media outreach.

Zeftron nylon recognizes that the key to a sustainable future is not just developing “green” products; it is also important to encourage and support comprehensive lifestyle choices that make a difference. Acknowledging sustainability leaders like you who are implementing a variety of creative practices will be a key part of our ongoing environmental awareness efforts.

Thanks again for your submission and congratulations!


Timothy Blount
Zeftron Nylon Sales & Marketing
Shaw Industries Inc.

Thank you so much, Timothy!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Don't let the bedbugs bite!

Residential Bed Bug Prevention 101

Bed Bug Prevention reprinted courtesy of ServiceMagic. Thank you!

Bed bug prevention is only the first step toward making sure you won't be plagued by these nasty intruders. In fact, once you've got a bed bug infestation to deal with, bed bug prevention is only one of a number of steps that will need to be taken. In most cases you'll need to contact bed bug exterminators in order get rid of your problem.

Bed Bugs: A Primer

There are actually several different types of bed bugs out there. The most troublesome prefer to feed on humans (bed bugs are blood suckers) and are most often found in mattresses, bed posts, headboards, box springs, and behind loose wallpaper and plaster. There are also bed bugs that prefer birds, bats, and other wildlife; however if they come into contact with humans they won't hesitate to broaden their horizons either. A female bed bug in house lays 300 eggs at a time that take an average of 10 days to hatch.

You do the math.

This is one pest that you need to attack as soon as an infestation is apparent.

Bed Bug Identification

The first sign of bed bugs in house usually shows up on your person in the form in of red, irritated, itching bites. Once those come to light, look for actual bugs, eggs, and nymphs in your bedding, mattresses and bed frame. You will probably find rust colored spots on the mattress (places where blood engorged bugs have been crushed) and areas of fecal deposits that look like brown stains and deposits. If all these signs are present, it's time to move on to the next step in bed bug prevention and extermination.

Call in the Pros

Unfortunately bed bugs are nearly impossible to get rid of on your own. That being the case, you'll want to search out bed bug exterminators to address your problem. Bed bugs in house require an integrated pest management strategy. First of all, you'll need to wash all bedding in at least 120 degree water to kill existing eggs, nymphs, and bugs. Second, vacuum the area thoroughly and seal and dispose of the vacuum bag when you're finished.

You Don't Want that Mattress, Do You?

You'll probably need to dispose of infested mattresses and box springs as well, as there isn't any sure fire way to rid them of the problem. After taking all these steps, the next is for your bed bug exterminators to treat the area with a number of specific pesticides. This is tricky business, since close contact to any pesticide is a bad thing, and beds make avoiding that almost impossible. For this reason, more than any other, it's important to hire a professional.

Bed Bug Prevention

Once you've rid yourself of bed bugs (and this could take several rounds of treatment, lasting months), it's important that you take steps to prevent the return of the problem. As mentioned, one of the best prevention strategies is simply getting rid of all infested materials at the get go.

After that, try to identify where your problem originated. People who travel, especially internationally, often bring bugs home from unsanitary hotels and other sleeping quarters, so be sure to thoroughly check out any lodgings before you stay to avoid possible contact. And, of course, keep your bedroom as clean as possible.

Vacuum your carpet, mattress and bedding regularly, and think about hiring a professional carpet cleaning service as well to come in and work their magic. When it comes to bed bug prevention, you really can't be careful enough.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Congratulations to our own Chris Mancus: IFMA Chapter Member of the Year

Last evening in Detroit, IFMA South East Chapter President Margaret St. Andre and past President Jason Wells recognized sponsors and members at the annual IFMA holiday party, held at the Coach Insignia restaurant, attended by approximately 100 members and guests -- a great turnout in a city hampered by economic challenges for many years.

This year, the South East Chapter of IFMA recognized Chris Mancus as “Chapter Member of the Year,” for his commitment and dedication to helping grow the chapter and spread the word about IFMA throughout his service area. Chris served as Membership Chairman of the Chapter, volunteers for the golf outing, and attends every board meeting as well as chapter functions, including World Workplace.

In presenting the award last night, Jason Wells said that Chris was a model chapter member as he gives selflessly to the organization and helps to make it better through his “showing up” whenever the chapter needs him.

The board members assured me that the decision to elect Chris as the Chapter Member of the Year was easy and unanimous. Chris has been a member of the SE Chapter since opening the RD Weis Companies Detroit office four years ago, and has met my requirements for IFMA membership by being more than just an attendee at meetings, but actually working on committee’s and volunteering for a board assignment.

Another wonderful and amazing feature of this event was the spirit and optimism the business people in Detroit have about their city and its future. RD Weis Companies is clearly on the map with Facility Mangers in Detroit as a result of the efforts of Chris, Dana, and Kerry -- these guys are on a roll.

Congratulations, Chris! Well deserved.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Six products win CRI Seal of Approval

From Floor Daily, five new solutions and one vacuum cleaner have been certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute's Seal of Approval program for carpet cleaning products and equipment.

The Kirby Company added its first vacuum cleaner, the Sentria Household Upright vacuum, which received Gold-Level certification.

In the cleaning solutions category, Enviro-Solutions earned approval for its ES93+ In-tank solution, and E-Clean Products earned SOA status for its E-Clean Carpet Cleaner Concentrate.

Other products earning approval include DuPont's Teflon Advanced Low-Moisture pre-spray solution, Industrial Paper Products' Encaptivate-Dry and Pre-Captivate spot removers, and Grab/XL Brands' Liquid Grab Green spot remover.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Award winning news

Our own Sheri Gorman was selected as one of the finalists for the second annual Zeftron nylon Sustainable Practices Award (SPA) -- congratulations, Sheri! Read more about the wonderful Zeftron nylon Sustainable Practices Award award here.

In other award-winning news, Contract magazine, along with The Center for Health Design, at the Healthcare Design.10 conference announced the winners of its annual Nightingale Awards. Five winners, as well as one honorable mention, were named across a variety of markets. The annual program promotes and recognizes excellence in product design that enhances the quality of healthcare.

The 2010 Nightingale Award Winners were:
Pocket™ by Nurture by Steelcase
Dignity Collection by Spec Furniture
Essentials Collection by Carnegie
Suzanne Tick Marker Glass by Skyline Design
Mondo IDEA by Mondo

Congratulations to all! Wonderful work.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tandus Flooring is the first to provide the industry with a fully certified reclamation center

Congratulations to our friends at Tandus!

The Tandus Flooring Environmental Center, recognized as the first closed-loop reclamation center for flooring, is now certified through Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), and is the first of its kind anywhere. This prestigious certification was created in early 2010 to recognize leading organizations for their efficient and effective handling of materials, diverting waste from landfills and helping to reduce the amount of virgin materials consumed in manufacturing.

The certification will shape the industry and the confidence among owners and specifiers concerning the process and inventory of reclaimed materials. Certification of the Tandus Flooring Environmental Center is the only reclamation center guaranteed to conform with Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Guides for the Use of Environmental Claims. Architects and designers as well as owners can now require that materials produced through a certified reclamation center conform with LEED “Material and Resources” criteria for recycled content in building products and meet material classification requirements of the SCS Recycled Content Certification. Further, control of quantitative claims regarding material diverted from landfills and the ratio of useable material to waste sent to landfills, incineration or permanent storage, will now be transparent to the industry.

Tandus Flooring was the first in the industry to launch a closed-loop recycling system in 1994— the last year the company sent any manufacturing waste to a landfill or incinerator. Since then, we have reclaimed and recycled more than 170 million pounds of flooring and manufacturing waste back into flooring which includes that of our competitors. Tandus Flooring recycles for the industry, with more than 60 percent of product reclaimed and diverted from landfills or incineration is not original Tandus Flooring product. Floor products produced through reclamation are identified as ER3® products. This uninterrupted process produces over eight million square feet of ER3 products annually, making Tandus Flooring the largest producer of recycled flooring in the industry.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Note from the Pajama Program

A note from the wonderful people at our favorite charity, the Pajama Program:

Dear friends,

Oprah is asking for stories from Pajama Program friends and supporters.If you were touched by our Pajama show on Oprah, or had that aha! moment after watching, please write in with your story!

Thank you for helping us help the children through Danger Season. Your love means the world to them.

Sweet dreams,

All of us at Pajama Program

Thursday, November 4, 2010

CA Vote Threatens New Carpet Recycling Law

From the good folks at Floor Daily, the carpet industry is bracing for the possibility that a proposition passed in California this week will jeopardize new carpet recycling legislation that was passed in October before the recycling program even got off the ground.

California Proposition 26, which was passed Tuesday, requires that some state fees be approved by two-thirds vote of Legislature and some local fees be approved by two-thirds of voters.The legislation essentially pit business interests against environmental interests.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bedbugs and Carpet

The bedbug story continues, now in Cincinatti, and possibly due to... you guessed it: bad carpet maintenance.

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Pajama Program and Bloomingdale's: Love Where You Live

Tickets available until Tuesday, October 19, 2010!

The Pajama Program will participate in Bloomingdale’s annual multi-charity event, Love Where You Live, on Wednesday, October 20th, and Thursday, October 21st, 2010 at their White Plains, NY store. For $10.00, you can buy a ticket that will give you 15% off any purchase during these two days. Or take 20% off when you spend $300 or more on your Bloomingdale’s card. (Some exclusions apply, please see ticket for details.) The money raised by the sale of the tickets will go directly to Pajama Program!

The stores will have extended hours, from 10am to 10pm during the two days. Bloomingdale’s will also have special events and entertainment, like fashion presentations and styling tips from different vendors, special gifts, and crafts for kids. There will also be samples of delicious treats from local establishments and music from local DJs and musicians.

During these two days, if you bring your ticket into the White Plains Bloomingdale’s, the Pajama Program will receive an extra $5.00 from Bloomingdale’s. If you bring the ticket into any of the other participating Bloomingdale’s during the two days, you will still receive your savings, but the Pajama Program will not receive the extra $5.00.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from Pajama Program by calling Janet Estevez at 646-391-7355 or email: janete at

Participating Bloomingdale’s:

White Plains: 175 Bloomingdale Road

White Plains, NY 10605


Huntington Walt Whitman: 270 Walt Whitman Road

Huntington Station, NY 11746


Roosevelt Field: Roosevelt Field Mall

630 Old Country Road

Garden City, NY 11530


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rebuild and Renew with the AIA

The AIA's advocacy arm has a wonderful project: Rebuild and Renew, the AIA's Federal Agenda:
As the global financial crisis continues to threaten the livelihood of American businesses and workers, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) urges Congress to enact polices that will revive our economy and build the foundation for long-term economic growth. The design and construction industry is the linchpin of our economy, accounting for one in ten dollars of gross domestic product and millions of well-paying jobs. While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) included many much-needed investments in our infrastructure, more needs to be done to free up credit and empower the business community to lead the recovery.

America’s architects believe that this crisis presents an opportunity not only to build, but to build better—greener buildings, vibrant communities, and a 21st century transportation network that is good for both the environment and the economy. In order to allow our nation’s architects to rebuild and renew America, the AIA urges Congress to act now on these key initiatives.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mondo Rubber Flooring Greenguard Certified

We are pleased to announce that the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) has awarded Mondo rubber flooring GREENGUARD Children & Schools SM Certification.

Mondo is now Greenguard children and schools (C&S) certified on all products. The C&S certification comply with the state of California’s department of Public Health Section CA01350 and the products can now be used to earn credits in the CHPS for K12 schools and LEED.

Mondo makes resilient rubber flooring that is perfect for your health care, hospital, lab, nursing home or other facility. Made of 100% non-regenerated synthetic calendered, vulcanized, and stabilized rubber, Mondo products are available in a wide range of colors and may be embossed, matte, anti-glare, and / or heat sealed for hygiene. These rubber flooring products are EN 1817 compliant and bring comfort, stability, noise reduction, slip resistance, wear resistance, abrasion resistance, and chemical resistance to your facility. Mondo rubber floors are antimicrobial, antibacterial, and now Green Guard certified!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Back To School With RD Weis Companies

Come have lunch and earn one AIA CEU credit per class toward your relicensing and continuing education!

Thursday, October 14: Provider Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Program: The Living Colors of Linoleum

Tuesday, November 16: Provider Johnsonite
Program: The Language of Color: A Look At Color Science

Wednesday, December 8: Provider New York Surfaces, Christopher Capobianco Program: Solutions for Floor Moisture Control

Come have lunch, network, and continue your education with RD Weis Companies! Please reserve your class space with Sheri Gorman at 212-376-5355 X 202, or email sgorman at

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Excellent carpet performance advertorial from McGraw Hill

Here's an excellent, useful piece from McGraw Hill on carpet performance and selection factors.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

You’re invited to the 3rd Annual RD Weis Companies Flooring Expo

Dear friends and colleagues

please join us

at the

3rd Annual RD Weis Companies Flooring Expo

Tuesday, October 12

6 to 9 p.m.

Innovant showroom, 37 West 20th Street, New York

Drinks and potluck cuisine from around the world

Sheri Gorman and RD Weis Companies are wrapping up NeoCon 2010 in NYC! Join colleagues and friends in Manhattan at the Innovant showroom at 37 West 20th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

Come look around and have fun. We’ll all your favorite manufacturers there -- each bringing special surprise drinks and food -- including:

  • Atlas Carpet Mills
  • Armstrong
  • Blueridge
  • Bolyu
  • Cambridge
  • Ecoglo
  • Fortune
  • FreeAxez
  • J&J/Invision
  • Mannington Commercial
  • Masland
  • mats inc
  • The Mohawk Group
  • Mondo
  • NY Surfaces
  • NY Surfaces featuring Capri Cork and Alumafloor
  • Stile
  • Tandus
  • Teragren Bamboo

We look forward to seeing you!

Please RSVP to Sheri Gorman at 212-376-5355 X 202, or email her, sgorman at

Friday, September 17, 2010

Floor Daily Annual Report: useful info

From last May, Journalists Darius Helm and Jessica Chevalier write up Floor Daily Annual Report 2010 -- full of excellent useful info, including a few reasons for optimism in the residential housing market:
In the commercial market, carpet and vinyl are the big players, and last year, with the education and healthcare markets still fairly healthy and spotty signs of life in retail, vinyl performed fairly well. However, the hospitality market took a huge hit, its biggest hit in 38 years, and the corporate sector struggled too—both are strong markets for carpet. Even though the government sector fared well, and despite carpet’s share in education and to a lesser degree in healthcare, commercial carpet business was still off significantly.

A bit of good news from the residential housing market, however:

Growth was strong in all regions: sales rose 6% in the Northeast, up 24.5% from last year; 7.2% in the Midwest, up 15.5% from last year; 7.1% in the South, and up 13.9% from last year; and 6.6% in the West, up 14% from last year. Median prices were up in all regions except the West.

Click through and scroll down to see the charts of market share for different flooring types.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Airport Carpeteers, via Floor Daily

This is a very fun story, from the good folks at Floor Daily:

Author George Pendle, a frequent traveler, has developed a website that depicts airport carpet he and others have seen on their travels.

His website,, recruits travelers to take photos of carpets and send them in.

"Trapped in an airport? Bored out of your skull? Become an Airport Carpeteer," the website suggests.

"All carpets gratefully received. All photographs fully credited." The site also provides opinions, many of them humorous, about carpets designs and their surroundings...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Green Buildings are blooming!

Here's an excellent article by NPR's Franklyn Cater from the USGBC on green buildings.

Green building now accounts for nearly one-third of new construction in the U.S. That's up from 2 percent in 2005, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, which tracks the industry...'s another reason for professionals to get familiar with LEED: In more and more places, LEED is becoming law. Part 2 of this report will look at how many lawmakers buy the idea that encouraging or forcing developers to build green is not only good for the environment but is also good for economic development, and good for the health of workers who occupy those buildings.

Interesting look at a (these days, rare) growth industry.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

USGBC in New Orleans

Here's a lovely and inspiring press release about the USGBC's work in New Orleans, especially on rebuilding schools to minimum LEED Silver Certification.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Interview with Randy Weis

I was privileged to be interviewed for the useful and interesting Choyce Peterson blog.

Proper flooring can transform a good office into a great one. While there are options galore, few are more popular than broadloom and carpet tile. In a recent interview with Randy Weis, President of RD Weis Companies, we discussed flooring trends and the difference between these two types of flooring in particular.

Read the whole interview here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Come work with RD Weis Companies

Come work with RD Weis Companies! We are searching for a Part Time / Full Time Flooring Specialist in our southern New Jersey market. All those interested should attend for further details and consideration.


Thursday, August 19th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Clarion Hotel Palmer Inn located at 3499 Route 1 South, Princeton, NJ

Job Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent combination of work related experience and education
  • Must possess the ability to safely operate automobiles and shop equipment
  • Must be reliable, trustworthy, and a self starter with own transportation
  • Must possess a stable work history
  • Valid driver’s license or state ID
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required
  • Basic understanding of company principles, policies, procedures, and standards
  • Requires some flexibility in working hours

We wish to thank all candidates in advance; however, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

RocNet Summer Fling

Upstate people, come to Summer Fling! August 5th @ Murphy's Law from 5:30- 7:30

Sheri Gorman Discusses NeoCon 2010

Check out our own Sheri Gorman speaking about NeoCon 2010 -- good news this year. Thank you, Sheri!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Our Dave Hammons featured on ManU website!

Our own David T. Hammons and his USA Supporters' branch is featured on the official ManU website, and Dave and USA fans are looking ahead to United's visit: "In just a matter of days, Manchester United will be touching down in North America to begin their pre-season tour and me and my fellow Americans are relishing the chance to see our Old Trafford heroes in action." Congrats, Dave -- does this mean we all have to root for ManU now?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Check out AIA's AIA CES Discovery

This October, the AIA is launching the AIA Continuing Education System. All registration, records, and data management will, the AIA reports,
move from the University of Oklahoma’s CES Records Office to a more advanced in-house system.The current AIA CES system hosted by OU was designed 15 years ago to serve a much smaller population of AIA members with relatively similar continuing education needs. Since then, AIA membership has grown by almost 50 percent, and the number of states with mandatory continuing education (MCE) requirements has grown from 3 to 43, with widely divergent requirements. Migrating to the more robust, automated AIA CES Discovery system will address the need for a stronger technology solution to manage AIA members’ continuing education credits and to meet their diverse professional development needs, MCE requirements, and delivery preferences.

Good education is vital to good living!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

An example of house doing work "in house" can blow up badly

Floor Daily has a story about a Lakeland school district getting fined for improper asbestos removal:

The Lakeland Central School District in central New York State has been fined $2,500 after two custodians were found to have improperly removed asbestos-laden floor tiles from Lakeland High School last summer.

Two custodians disposed of the tiles in trash receptacles around the school without providing any warning that the debris contained asbestos, reports.

Neither of the men who collected the broken tiles in at least 10 classrooms last July was certified to handle asbestos, says the state Labor Department.

This is exactly why it's necessary to hire trained professionals for this work.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cheers to our own Gary Brown

Our warmest thanks to Gary Brown for his 15 years of skilled and expert service at RD Weis Companies!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Underestimating Risk

Journalist David Leonhardt in The New York Times has an excellent article on underestimating risk -- mainly about the BP catastrophe, but also about how we tend to underestimate other risks too, leading other disasters like the economic collapse and anthropogenic climate change.

When the stakes are high enough, it falls to government to help its citizens avoid these entirely human errors. The market, left to its own devices, often cannot do so. Yet in the case of Deepwater Horizon, government policy actually went the other way. It encouraged BP to underestimate the odds of a catastrophe.

In a little-noticed provision in a 1990 law passed after the Exxon Valdez spill, Congress capped a spiller’s liability over and above cleanup costs at $75 million for a rig spill. Even if the economic damages — to tourism, fishing and the like — stretch into the billions, the responsible party is on the hook for only $75 million. (In this instance, BP has agreed to waive the cap for claims it deems legitimate.) Michael Greenstone, an M.I.T. economist who runs the Hamilton Project in Washington, says the law fundamentally distorts a company’s decision making. Without the cap, executives would have to weigh the possible revenue from a well against the cost of drilling there and the risk of damage. With the cap, they can largely ignore the potential damage beyond cleanup costs. So they end up drilling wells even in places where the damage can be horrific, like close to a shoreline. To put it another way, human frailty helped BP’s executives underestimate the chance of a low-probability, high-cost event. Federal law helped them underestimate the costs.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Accountability at MMS

Steve Benen in The Washington Monthly writes:

For eight years, we saw an administration in which officials were kept on the job, regardless of job performance. Indeed, in many bizarre instances, we had a president who'd promote those who failed.

There's more accountability now.

Democratic sources say the Obama administration has fired the head of the U.S. Minerals Management Service in response to blistering criticism over lax oversight of offshore drilling.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity before the official announcement, tell The Associated Press that President Barack Obama will announce the decision Thursday.

I guess this answers the question of whether "anyone in the government [will] be fired" as a result of the disaster in the Gulf.

Of course, whether anyone at the energy companies -- BP, Transocean, Halliburton -- might also lose their job remains to be seen.

Liz Birnbaum's departure, after less than a year at the Interior Department, comes just 10 days after the White House also accepted the resignation of Chris Oynes, the top Interior Department official who oversees offshore drilling for the MMS.

Given the damage to the Minerals Management Service during the Bush/Cheney era, and the breathtaking corruption that became the norm at the agency, it stands to reason the staff departures aren't finished yet.

Again, not sure what there is to say about a disaster of this magnitude.

Monday, May 24, 2010

The BP disaster

Don't really have anything to say about the British Petroleum, Halliburton, and Transocean disaster... except for, well, BP broke part of the planet. This is why we need regulation, no matter how much we kick about it. This spill is, quite literally, an unimaginable, long term catastrophe.

So, if you want to keep up with the news, check out The Oil Drum for great, smart, educated reporting.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

NASA scientist Thorsten Markus: Earth thinning on top

Thorsten Markus, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, has been using a NASA satellite – called ICESat – to track the thickness of sea ice around Earth’s poles. He said the thick, multi-year ice is getting thinner.

"We are able, for the first time really, to measure the sea ice thickness at large scales. Previously, the only means, really, was to drill holes through the ice. Results from ICESat have shown that just since 2003, when ICESat was launched, the sea ice thickness has decreased by over two feet. The thick, multi-year ice has decreased by over 40 percent during that time...Sea ice is white and it reflects most of the sunlight back into space, in drastic contrast to the dark ocean. Therefore, changes in the sea ice cover have a significant effect on the global energy balance."

In other words, less sea ice could cause more warming. The satellite Markus uses – ICESat – was retired in early 2010 after 7 years collecting data in Earth orbit. ICESat-II will launch in 2015. Until then, Dr. Markus will use what’s called Ice Bridge – aircraft in flight over the polar regions – to measure and track changes. In addition to the sunlight it reflects, Dr. Markus said that as salt water freezes to form sea ice, at a large scale it impacts weather and climate.

Thorsten Markus joined NASA Goddard Space Flight Center first as a post-doc and then permanently as a research scientist. His research interests include remote sensing of the polar regions and the use of remote sensing data to study polar processes.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bamboo Bash video!

Check out fun video of our NYC Bamboo Bash with Teragren!

Interiors & Sources on NSF Sustainability Standards

From the always excellent Interiors & Sources, an article on the New Sustainability Standard for Resilient Flooring:

NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit standards developer, has developed a new Sustainability Standard for resilient floor coverings. As products with sustainability claims continue to enter the market, certification of these products to national standards allows specifiers and purchasers to make better decisions when selecting products such as floor coverings...

Certification by a third-party, independent certifier enables manufacturers of flooring products to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. NSF/ANSI 332 uses a point-based system in which manufacturers achieve one of four levels of certification—conformant, silver, gold and platinum—with conformant status meeting entry level criteria and platinum adhering to the most strenuous requirements. Products are evaluated against the standard using five key criteria: 1) product design, 2) product manufacturing, 3) long-term value, 4) corporate governance, and 5) innovation.

Friday, April 30, 2010

You're invited: Thursday, May 6th NYC: Bamboo Bash!

RD Weis Companies Invites You
to our Thursday, May 6th Bamboo Bash

Fun Fact: Bamboo is not a tree – it’s a kind of grass!

Join us for hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and learn about spectacularly beautiful bamboo flooring from Teragren.
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, May 6th Place: RD Weis Companies’ Manhattan office 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001
Please RSVP Sheri Gorman at 212-376-5355 X 202 or email sgorman at

Stunning, durable, and totally sustainable! Teragren offers FSC-bamboo by special order for its product lines, has FSC Chain-of-Custody certification for its factories, and is working with the Forest Stewardship Council and Chinese government officials to certify all bamboo forests in Anji County, Zhejiang Province, China.

The FSC-Pure designation means that certified products have been harvested in a FSC-certified forest, are manufactured with 100 percent FSC-certified material and are distributed and sold through an FSC Chain of Custody (COC)-certified distribution channel.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Mike Pendergast and Chad Tydings, Earth Day week photos!

From our upstate NY office, Mike Pendergast and Chad Tydings send photos of the RD Weis Companies Earth Week recycling and reclamation project. Mike writes:
Photos are from our first run in Rochester of Earth Day collections! We were all exhausted but also elated at the quantity. Chad and I will be making our second run to Syracuse, Ithaca and Binghamton on Tuesday and expect just as much if not more!
I am also looking to keep these at the A&D firms for a trial run to develop deeper relationships... I am even picking up the Manufacturer Return Bags to send the samples back to the mills.

Happy Earth Day Week!
Excellent work, guys!

Monday, April 12, 2010

U.S. military's green projects to save $1.6 billion over time

Brian Winter in USA Today reports on the U.S. military's green strategies, with energy savings that usually recover their investment in 90 days.

90 days!

Another great point here:
"The Army's mission is not to be green. Our mission is to defend the nation. In that context, we've found it's in our interest to develop sustainable projects," Geiss says.
This is wonderful news -- greater energy efficiency is key to keeping the U.S. healthier, safer, and more successful.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Welcome to the RD Weis Companies 2010 Earth Day celebration: Stay out of the landfill!

You know all those old samples and sample books gathering dust in your office? This Earth Day, we at RD Weis Companies will help you reclaim and recycle -- and keep out of the waste stream.

Throughout April, please feel free to visit our Port Chester and Manhattan offices and drop off all your carpet samples, carpet sample books, and VCT /LVT samples -- all are welcome, no matter who the manufacturer. We’ll send all your samples and books back to their manufacturers or back to mills to be recycled and reused!

There is no cost to you -- this is our way of thanking you for helping us provide the highest level of environmentally friendly service in the commercial flooring industry, by using Green materials, methods, and processes, and by helping our customers reduce, reuse, and recycle, for the sustainable future of Earth.

Have a wonderful Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

You're invited: Thursday, April 22nd Rochester Earth Day NETworks! Party

Green the Roc! You’re invited to the Rochester Area, Thursday, April 22nd Murphy’s Law Rochester Earth Day NETworks! party.

Come get green and network with your fellow business professionals!

In honor of Earth Day 2010, well, you know all those old samples and sample books gathering dust in your office? RD Weis Companies helps you reclaim and recycle:
  • The first week of April, we will visit your offices and drop off a reclamation box for all your carpet samples, carpet sample books, and VCT /LVT samples -- all are welcome, no matter who the manufacturer.
  • The second week of April, we’ll collect the boxes, and send samples and books back to their manufacturers or back to mills to be recycled and reused. And -- it’s free!
This party is sponsored RD Weis Companies and J&J Invision and Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Murphy’s Law.

Please click here for a map and directions. The address is 370 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604-2612, 585-697-9001.

Due to the popularity of our events and the interest of more and more business professionals, a $5.00 fee will be charged to cover some of the cost for the event.

Please RSVP to Chad Tydings, 585-737-0565 or ctydings at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Discussing the environmental discussion: Greenversation

As part of the EPA’s efforts toward the Open Government Directive that lays out the Obama Administration’s commitment to Open Government and the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration, another excellent Greenversations post on the EPA's Video Town Hall page here.

Blogger Mathy Stanislaus writes:
My office held our second Video Town Hall two weeks ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion. The session covered two topics: reducing your carbon footprint through reducing, reusing, and recycling, and EPA’s recent decision to conduct an environmental justice analysis of the definition of the solid waste rule. We had an excellent conversation. We answered a question from a man in California who wanted to see us do more to promote energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs, and one from a Minnesota woman who wanted to build an environmentally-friendly house. A Brooklyn non-profit wanted to know how we balance our focus on environmental justice with preserving industrial jobs and the tax base in urban areas

Friday, March 5, 2010

Welcome to IFMA - NY Tech Valley

From our own David Hammons, the International Facility Management Association, better known as IFMA, has a new chapter in the Albany, New York area: IFMA - NY Tech Valley. The very well-known networking group is excited about getting Professional, Associate and Student members from in and around the Capital District to join!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

You're invited: Wednesday March 24 ColorRize demo

Please join RD Weis Companies and friends for drinks… and a fun, quick ColorRize demo as we give our old wood pantry floor a whole new look:

New Look For Old Floors: Don’t Replace -- Reengineer!

On Wednesday, March 24, at RD Weis Companies’ Manhattan office, 260 Fifth Avenue, Suite 500, New York, NY 10001, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to Sheri Gorman at 212-376-5355 X 202 or email her, sgorman at

Come see how it works -- on our old wooden pantry floor!

ColorRize lets us add opaque color to environmentally friendly Waxnomor, a non-yellowing polyurethane finish.

Keep your flooring assets at work -- and out of the landfill.

We look forward to seeing you there!