Recently, a bunch of stuff has happened that kinda makes me think business is perking up to the fact that we can't keep consuming the earth like its resources are neverending.
Local marketing agency owner, Laura Briere, launched the
World Green Business Association.
- Jay Gallant, local architect, hosted a WhizSpark powered event, called Making Environmentally Conscious Decisions for Your Business at Michael Langford's Next Level Executives Networking Group.
At the Beechwood Forum Dennis Rice
Alternatives Unlimited, Inc
has rehabilitated and operates an industrial mill building to a community hub in environmentally genius ways. Here's a writeup of that presentation:
Revitalized Whitinsville Mill Home to Alternative Use for Alternatives Unlimited, Inc.Thanks to Dennis, Jay, Laura, Bruce and everyone else involved who's renewed my interest and certainly my hope that there are like-minded people out there that care about preserving the earth for our grandchildren.
by Bruce Mendelsohn, The Hired Pen
For more than 30 years, Dennis Rice has worked to fulfill a vision of community life for people with disabilities. The organization he leads, Alternatives Unlimited, Inc., creates opportunities for personal relationships to exist between Blackstone Valley communities and disabled people, connecting the two in meaningful and life-changing ways.
Alternatives operates 45 residential and employment programs for people with developmental and psychiatric disabilities throughout Central Massachusetts. Now under construction in Whitinsville, their new headquarters reflects Alternatives’ unique approach to building and bringing together diverse constituents.
Upon completion, Alternatives will transform Whitinsville’s 1826 Brick Mill Building into a cultural hub featuring a museum, performance spaces, galleries and working artisans. The “green” complex will generate 80% of its electrical power and 100% of its heating and cooling needs using solar, hydro and geothermal technologies.
On November 15, Mr. Rice discussed Alternative’s new headquarters with Beechwood Forum participants. “Like our mission,” he reflected, “this project establishes an inclusive community treasure that will attract people from all walks of life—the environmentalists, the historians, the art lovers, the restaurant goers (the facility is currently seeking a restaurant tenant), or even the person who’s going to eat a bag lunch on our riverfront community plaza.”
For more information and to view a humorous two minute movie about the project, visit www.alternativesnet.org. Mr. Rice encourages interested investors and potential donors to contact him at 800-325-6233.
This summary was written by Bruce Mendelsohn, Beechwood Forum member and Principal of The Hired Pen (www.the-hired-pen.com). The Hired Pen provides fast, effective communications solutions for businesses and organizations of all types and sizes.
If you'd like to meet some of these people face to face, see me speak, and learn how to use online networking to generate leads for your business, you can do all three by attending the Beechwood Forum tomorrow 1/23/07 at 3PM. Register here. We can certainly talk about the environment too.