Category Archives: Sustainability

Sustainable Coffee: What You Need to Know

Why Do We Need Coffee to Be a Sustainable Crop?

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According to the group Conservation International, your morning cup of coffee is at risk. The answer that they’ve come up with has everything to do with making sure that every cup of coffee that gets poured emanates from a sustainably grown coffee farm. CI’s goal is to “make coffee the world’s first fully sustainable agricultural product,” and they’ve laid out the challenge to all coffee drinkers in very specific terms. With producers and retailers already on board, the Sustainable Coffee Challenge website has already been launched.

When broken down to raw numbers, the facts around coffee’s impact are staggering. According to Conservation International, “the coffee we drink depends on the health, prosperity and well-being of 25 million coffee producers, 10 million hectares of coffee farms, and the continued ability of nature to sustain them.” All of which makes for a pretty convincing argument when it comes to creating a universally sustainable crop out of international coffee production. Continue reading

Top 10 Ways to Go Green in the Workplace

How Businesses Can Go Green

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Greener homes are in the spotlight these days, but what about the other places where many of us spend huge chunks of our time–our offices? Some simple changes of habit can save energy and resources at work, and these small steps can be multiplied by persuading the powers-that-be at your workplace to adopt environmentally friendly (and often cost-effective) policies.

1. Be Bright About Light

Artificial lighting accounts for 44 percent of the electricity use in office buildings.
Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you’re leaving any room for 15 minutes or more and utilize natural light when you can.

Make it a policy to buy Energy Star-rated lightbulbs and fixtures, which use at least two-thirds less energy than regular lighting, and install timers or motion sensors that automatically shut off lights when they’re not needed. Continue reading

What is a Commissary Kitchen?

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You have it all planned out: you’re going to start the most delicious food cart in the city. You know the competition is stiff, but wait ’til they get a load of your top-secret, mind-blowing, taste bud-seducing gustatory magnum opus… that’s what we’ll call it. Or, for the sake of brevity, “your food.”

You launch your food cart, and guess what. Your taste sensations start selling like Pogs in the ’90s, only faster. You’re the toast of the town, and after performing several toasts, locals often stop by for a late-night snack, before calling a cab home.

Word spreads about your culinary masterworks, and people start coming from miles around to sample them. But, they can’t make it to your food cart too often; it’s too far away from their homes. So, you open a few more food carts around the city. But, here’s where it gets tricky.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Have a Sustainable Thanksgiving

How to Have a 100-Mile Thanksgiving: Sustainable Holidays

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If you are trying to live a more sustainable life, sometimes the holidays and their excesses can get in the way. Check out this handy infographic to learn a few tricks that may just help you to have a truly sustainable Thanksgiving holiday this year, and many years to come. Did you think it was even possible to make a turkey dinner with all of your ingredients sourced from no more than 100 miles away? Continue reading

Sustainable Initiatives in Regional Areas

Focus on Orlando, Florida: Sustainable Efforts in the City
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On the blog, although we are based in Portland and working hard to follow local issues here, we’d also like to spend some time assessing the efforts of other regions and cities around the country, when it comes to sustainability initiatives, and what other communities around the nation are doing to implement environmental programs and more. Today, we take a peek at what the city of Orlando, Florida is doing to be more eco-friendly and environmentally conscious.

The real estate woes that were closely tied to the financial crisis beginning in 2008 (and still affecting people and institutions today) dramatically impacted this city (as it did elsewhere), and Orlando foreclosure lawyers certainly found there was plenty of business to be done in the city, to get homeowners back on track, and the local economy flourishing. So did the city take the opportunity to direct funds towards sustainable initiatives or the reduction of their total carbon footprint? Continue reading