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Gil Friend Interview from Green Cities Florida

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Blog Post written by Derek Gordon, Interview by Kimberly Miller (That’s me!)

On Gil Friend’s blog, you’ll notice a kind face smiling and a hand pointing as if to say “You and me…we’re going to make it happen.” You wouldn’t figure this man is trained in Aikido, but that may be
why he always seems so peaceful. One of my favorite running themes on his blog are the Green Business Lies that gives you a glimpse inside his newest book “The Truth About Green Business,” which hits stores May 29th. “It’s like green business for dummies, except not for dummies” states Friend during an interview with Kimberly Miller of Green Cities Media. The founder, CEO and president of Natural Logic (a strategic sustainability consulting firm) was one of the more active elements of Green Cities Florida, contributing to two different sessions. One session based around his book, dedicated to explaining the opportunities of green business and debunking some of the myths. The other session was a speaking engagement along with Terry Gips (Sustainability Associates Minneapolis) for a discussion on greening your business while turning a profit in a recession. This session focused on getting everyone in an organization on the same page when it comes to making a business more eco-friendly. As Gil puts it, “The engineering is easy…Getting it so that Joe and Mary do different things when they show up at work on Monday morning, that’s where the real art and challenge of this work is.”  READ MORE AND HEAR THE INTERVIEW


Written by sensiblekitty

May 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

DIY : Make-your-own Rug

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Back in college (read: 1 year ago), my roommates and I were lucky enough to be able to live in the sweet newly built housing on campus. 

 You can read another post I did about this here

Being poor college students we naturally didn’t have the kind of cash we wanted to be able to outfit the place. But, the college is conveniently located near a carpet store so one day we trekked over there to see if we could find some cheap carpet or a cheap rug. 

We were really delighted to find t a whole stack of carpet samples, little 12 inch by 12 inch squares. We shuffled through the samples, picked ones with complimentary colors (greens, blues, and white). The samples were just $1 each! So – for 12 dollars we bought 12 squares. 

Once we were home, we took the always useful Duct Tape and taped the underside of the squares together. It made a beautiful and interesting rug! We received a lot of compliments and have since seen similar items in magazines or stores for hundreds of dollars. The carpet lasted two whole years and 3 moves! We only recently got rid of it because my white cat had shed mercilessly on it. And it looked like some creature had died on the rug. 

So today’s DIY tip is to make your own rug from carpet samples. You can get them either at your local carpet store or you can order them, sometimes for free. You can get Flor tiles for about $5.00 each – which isnt bad, especially if you’re only making a small rug.  

You can also get a sample pack from Flor for just $6!!!

So don’t buy a pricey rug – either get a nice used one or make your own. It’s easy!

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September 19, 2008 at 2:29 pm

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The Sensible Kitty Report

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I’m writing here to document all of the travels, meetings, and experiences I’ll be having at my new post as Integrated Systems Director. I’ve been waffling on this decision because I enjoy leading a semi-private life. However, my work makes me excited… and I feel like I really want to share the movement and electricity that surrounds me daily.

Since I began working here, 3 weeks ago, I’ve seen a complete change of mind, heart, and enthusiasm.

Here’s why:

Last Friday, I had coffee with Anita Sharpe and my boss, Ian. We chatted about Anita’s latest writing venture and she spontaneously interviewed us. If her new book is anything like her other work, it is going to be history in the making. I was a schoolgirl in an icecream shop.

I’ve also had the great privilege to meet with leaders in the field of education. Promethean, a client of ours, is poised to impact K-12 learning like no one before them. They are doing great work – and I wish that my schools had ActivBoards when I was still alearnin’.

Finally, we met with Lynnette Young to chat about Atlanta and Sustainability. For me, it is most exciting to see all of the rhetoric of my college days in a tangible form, here in the real world.

A side project of mine recently has been to gather information on some of the coolest people you’ll ever meet. In the fall, I’ll be meeting with them.

Also on the horizon is EcoBuild America and so many other things that it will take an entire blog to fully explore them.

So here we are. Here I am. Here we go…

UPDATE: Want to work for us?

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May 9, 2008 at 12:32 pm

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