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Green Decade March-April 2009

by Preservation Properties

Please click here to check out this month's Green Decade newsletter from Newton's Green Decade at http://greendecade.org

Green Decade's mission is to create an environment in better balance with the natural world by making significant, measurable improvements in the way we use resources. Goals include helping households, businesses and institutions to:

  • Increase energy efficiency and seek alternatives to fossil and nuclear fuels  
  • Use IPM and organic alternatives to pesticides
  • Promote high performance (green) building measures
  • Prevent pollution through source reduction and reduced consumption
  • Promote reuse and recycling practices
  • Improve waste disposal practices
  • Conserve water and other resources

-The Team at Preservation Properties

Eco-Friendly Printers

by Preservation Properties

In our eco-friendly efforts, we have been looking at printers who can be both cost-effective and green. That isn’t easy combination.

But luckily, after weeks of searching, and trying a few places that didn’t work out, we’ve found a great printer that is somewhat local, uses recycled content and soy-based inks for great prices and quick turnaround. On top of that, they are very friendly and helpful to work with. They’re called 4over4.com.

They don’t advertise it blatantly, but all of their paper products, from business cards to envelopes, are partially recycled content, as well as using soy-based inks. They’re paper is also FSC (Forest Steward Council) certified.

We’ve made several orders from them so far, and have been very happy.

Happy ordering!

Green Classes in Newton

by Preservation Properties

WE’VE JOINED NEWTON’S GREEN DECADE.

It’s an exceptional organization, taking environmental responsibility to the most local level. They began in 1990 when to most of us green = kermit the frog!  Today, they offer a comprehensive array of classes, information and resources towards becoming more eco-conscious. and energy efficient.

Check them out: http://greendecade.org

They put on really inexpensive classes and seminars that educate in how to live greener. (Free to $30)

Check these out! You don’t have to be a Newtonite to go.

  1. Organizing for Change through Energy Efficiency.Sunday, January 18, 7:00 pm
  2. Hope and Change: Socially Responsible Investing and Financial Planning Under the Obama Administration.Tuesday, January 20 at 7:30 pm
  3. Insulating Your Older Home. Saturday, February 7, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

We will also publish a link to the Green News newsletter from the Green Decade in Newton as they are published for you to view.  Here is this month's newsletter.

Newton's Harvest Fair

by Preservation Properties

NEWTON’S HARVEST FAIR: THE PERFECT KICK-OFF TO AUTUMN IN NEW ENGLAND

The Newton Harvest Fair was great fun. We really enjoyed coming out, meeting more of our neighbors, and participating in a great community event. It was interesting to see all of the other participants and learn about their services.

We were also happy to have the chance to show our green mission. Since we’ve announced being Newton’s first green real estate company, we’ve been compiling a list of GREEN GOALS. We can’t wait to share that, and it will be coming out soon. Check back here!

People seemed to love our little blue spruce saplings, part of our HELPING OUR COMMUNITY GROW GREENER campaign.

We ended up giving away almost 300 for adults and children to plant. In addition, we gave out some of the items we put in our customer appreciation canvas bags. Everyone was quite intrigued by the biodegradable pens, especially.

-The team at Preservation Properties

Newton's FIRST Green Real Estate Office: We're Doing the Right Thing!

by Preservation Properties

Hello from Newton, Massachusetts! We are a small real estate company with something to say. We have made the decision to do the right thing by becoming a more environmentally friendly company. First, we recognize the amount of change an individual can make by being more conscious of the world around us. As a company of individuals, we have even more influence—and we want put our full efforts towards having a positive effect in our community.

Second, like many of you, we are just beginning to learn what environmentally conscious choices and possibilities are out there. The new array of advice, web sites, ‘green’ products and ‘eco’ services is overwhelming. There are so many questions. Who is trustworthy? Where are the facts best represented? What do all the new eco-labels mean? And how do we compare, to make sure our choices truly make the least environmental impact?

As we sort out answers, we want to share our journey with you. When we figure out choices and decisions that work, you’ll share them with us.

We also think you’ll be interested in seeing how a small company makes the leap into being more environmentally conscious. And, we think you’ll like watching how a we, as a real estate business, translate being green into everyday challenges of assessing, selling, and representing homes. How will being green effect our services? Will it effect who we represent? And of much interest: how will our customers react?

We’ve begun by trying to define our shared values, in conjuncton with reading some research out there.  We also want to know what doing the right thing means when you work for profit.

Please follow us on this journey in finding out what works and what doesn't work and how going green can be made of many small steps but all of those small steps will eventually get us somewhere.

-Your Team At Preservation Properties

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Preservation Properties
439 Newtonville Avenue
Newtonville MA 02460
Office: 617.527.3700
Fax: 617.527.2050