by Cindy Bambini
In February of this year, Brightergy Solar Solutions came home to the St. Louis County city where we were founded in 2003– Webster Groves. The leased office space is in an old brick building almost at the corner of Big Bend and Laclede Station Road. Our new offices were formerly the home of Dan Dee Shutters, a longtime fixture in the Webster Groves business district.
The first floor space has been fully renovated with black and gray modern furnishings. There is plenty of space to accommodate our planned growth. The basement however, tells a completely different story. Rickety stairs, stone walls, damp floors and a couple of secret rooms reveal the true age of the building – something just shy of ancient! The striking difference between the old and the new made me think about the sustainability of our new space – certainly the functionality had been sustained over time, but what about the space itself was thought through sustainably in the renovation and its operation today?
I took a mental inventory – ample natural light (check), programmable thermostat (check)….um, um…uh-oh…time to get to work.
With the full support of my co-workers, I contracted with a single stream recycling company and hired a green cleaning company. I purchased green office and cleaning supplies, and replaced disposable serving ware with real china, coffee cups and silverware. To further cut down on waste, I outlawed bottled water and contracted with a service with reusable multi-gallon jugs. And I signed us up for the St. Louis RCGA Green Business Challenge... Read more.
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