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Caelus Releases GreenOffice

GreenOffice.001Need to Green your office?  We can help!

Need to green your office? Need to get your employees involved? Introducing GreenOffice ™, the perfect place to start.  GreenOffice ™ will give you a complete office greening plan, complete with tasks, metrics, schedule and advice on the best way to build your green team and influence employee’s habits.

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rainforest-mountain-view-1024x682Over the past few months we have been asking people to fill in a survey about sustainably sourced wood and the effectiveness of wood sustainability certifications.

After receiving a total of 980 entries, we posted an article discussing some of the main findings of the survey here.

However, if you would like to take a look at the raw data, click below to see what people think about sustainability certificates and whether they play any role in people’s buying decisions.


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Green Tips to Avoid Insecticides – by Anthony Gilbreath

GYHThe following tips are from “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home“.

78 million households in the U.S. use home and garden pesticides. Suburban lawns and gardens receive more pesticide applications per acre (3.2-9.8 lbs) than agriculture (2.7 lbs per acre on average).

Insecticides are poisons designed to kill insects. Insecticides include active ingredients (chemical compounds designed to kill the target organisms) and inert ingredients which may be carcinogens or toxic substances. They also include rodenticides and wood preservatives.

By following the tips below, you can reduce the effect of insecticides on your health and the environment.

✔ Understand the dangers of insecticides – Insecticides are very toxic and can pose a direct threat to human health. They can be absorbed through the skin, swallowed or inhaled (most toxic). People and pets can also track insecticide residue into the house.  They have been linked to the following health problems: increased risk of leukemia cancers; increase in spontaneous abortions; decreased fertility; liver and pancreatic damage; neuropathy; disturbances to immune systems (asthma/ allergies) and many others. Continue reading

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7 Green Tips for Your Garden – by Anthony Gilbreath


The following is an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

There are several benefits of gardening.  In addition to producing nutritious, organic food for you and your family, gardening can also save you money and provide you with a relaxing, rewarding hobby.

✔ Select the location carefully - Selecting the location of your garden is one of the most important decisions you will make during the planning process.  When choosing a location, keep these factors in mind:

  • Select a location that gets several hours of direct sunlight every day.
  • Make sure the location has access to a water hose. Your plants they may need additional watering, especially when they are young.
  • Try to choose a location where the ground is level (not on a gradient), but also drains well).

✔ Grow foods to replace supermarket food - The most direct way to benefit from gardening is to replace the food that you usually buy in supermarkets with food that you grow in your own garden.  The food that you produce can be grown in an organic manner, will be more nutritious and better tasting and will save you money.

✔ Avoid using weed killers - Weeds can be an eyesore as well as a persistent source of additional work.  Although, the use of weed-killers should be avoided in almost all circumstances, especially in the presence of your garden.  Weed-killers contain toxic chemicals that cannot only kill your vegetables, but could find their way into your food and water supply.

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Green Tips for Spring Cleaning – by Anthony Gilbreath


The following is an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

✔ Find and replace the toxic products in your home - Under almost everyones kitchen sink is a collection of toxic chemicals in the form of bug killer, disinfectants, furniture polishes, and many others. When you are using these products, you are bathing your home in poisons, which eventually could have a negative impact on your family’s health. In addition, household poisonings are one of the highest threats to the health of children. Spring is the perfect time to get rid of these.

An excellent first step in greening your house is to grab a notepad and a garbage bag. Go around to all the cabinets that store household chemicals and take a look at their labels. If it says poison, danger, warning or caution on the can or box, write down what function it performs and throw the unused portion in the garbage bag (if it is sealed tightly). When finished, seal the bag, put it in a well ventilated area (such as outside or in a garage) and look up when the next Household Hazardous Pickup Day is in your neighborhood. Continue reading

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12 Tips to Green Your Dishwashing – by Anthony Gilbreath

GYHTo green your dishwashing, be sure to buy an energy and water efficient dishwasher, wash full loads, avoid hand-washing, and buy eco-friendly detergent.

The following is an excerpt from the book “The Ultimate Guide to Greening your Home”.

✔ Choose an EnergyStar rated dishwasher – EnergyStar rated dishwashers use advanced technology to get your dishes clean while using less water and energy.  EnergyStar qualified models are, on average, 10% more energy efficient than non-qualified models.

If you have a dishwasher made before 1994, you could be paying an extra $40 a year on your utility bills and wasting about 8 gallons of water per cycle compared to owning and operating a EnergyStar qualified model.

✔ Use the dishwasher instead of hand-washing - According to a report published by the University of Bonn, a dishwasher uses only half the energy, one-sixth of the water, and less soap than washing dishes by hand.  Another report from the California Energy Commission states that dishwashers use, on average, 37% less water than hand washing. If, however, you fill up one sink with wash water and one with rinse water (versus letting the water run), then you’ll use half the water a regular dishwasher uses.

✔ Use natural, nontoxic dishwasher detergents – Many household cleaning products, including dishwasher detergents and dish liquids, contain toxic chemicals that contribute to unhealthy indoor air pollution. Try to find dishwashing liquid and powder that are labeled natural, biodegradable, and free of petroleum and phosphates.

Pay special attention to dishwasher detergents that still contain phosphates. Phosphates are used to reduce spotting on dishes. Phosphates present a serious water pollution problem and have already been phased out of laundry detergents. Continue reading

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CRG Sustainable Solutions Leads by Example through Carbonfree® Business Partnership

jjFrom – Our newest Carbonfree® Business Partner, CRG Sustainable Solutions (CRGss) of Memphis, Tennessee, spends each day helping their client organizations create innovative and long-term sustainable business practices.  According to the CRGss website, “Sustainability is about the resources we use every day, and the future that each of us will face. The fate of our earth is up to each of us individually, so every choice we make, we should have tomorrow in mind.”

CRGss was attracted to the Carbonfree® Business Partnership program as a simple, affordable step they could take as an organization to enhance their own operational sustainability. By neutralizing their estimated annual carbon emissions from general business operations, CRGss is leading in the same area of sustainability on which it advises and guides its clients.    Continue reading

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Caelus Provides Support to Companies Responding to CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) as Reporting Deadlines Approach

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. They work with market forces to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them.

If your organization has been invited to report to CDP, you will received an information request and an invitation to activate your online account. All responses to the CDP questionnaire must be submitted through the CDP online response system. Continue reading

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