Okay so needless to say I am mad. Ticked! Dare I say…Beetle Bailey cussing angry? @#$@*%! And this makes me totally—un-unique. The BP Oil disaster is just uuuggghhhhh!!!!!! Thousands of people along the Gulf Coast who are directly affected and then many Americans indirectly affected are in line with me. Does that mean I am in good company? I think I am at least in concerned company.
I admit it I used to love IKEA. Today I discovered that the love affair had ended. I loved IKEA partly because I was an exchange student in Sweden my Junior year of high school. Going to IKEA brought back fond memories of words, tastes, smells and stuff. Stuff like cute little straw Christmas decorations and the hjãrtas (hearts) that are everywhere in Sweden and IKEA.
Earth Day is here. Well almost. Let the craziness begin! We have been overwhelmed with the number of events and articles we have received. And that's great! But it does make me think wouldn't it be nice if all the events could be spread out just a bit?
This past week was monumental for Atlanta. We had two of the leading minds on Carbon in the country, if not the world, speak separately and yet with the same voice. Who were they? Dr. Richard Sandor the Chairman of the Chicago Climate Exchange and Jigar Shah the Chief Executive Director of the Carbon War Room, a non-profit started by Sir Richard Branson to help produce solutions for businesses who are interested in reducing their energy consumption specifically to save money. Yes, that’s right not to save the environment but to make businesses financially more sustainable. It just happens that the solutions help the environment too.
I attended the Atlanta Green Communicators the other day and the conversation got a little off point when someone started kvetching about green certifications. The topic has come up several times since then. So guess who has an opinion?
The confusion? Just what is all this Green Certification stuff anyway? People outside the building industry think LEED is a certification on building products when it's not. It's a certification on building techniques. People think of GreenGuard here in Atlanta when you talk certification but GreenGuard although a scientifically third party verifier still does not have enough brand identity nationally to be recognized as a leader for green certification. Then there's Wal-Mart talking about the sustainability label and Home Depot does it's vetting program for products in it's line of Eco Options.
For the third segment of Green Determinations (and how exciting is it that this is the third one?) I decided to come clean about last year's determinations and not make a wish list of changes I couldn't keep.