IKEA published a comprehensive 74 page report on the stuff they are doing with it’s business, stores and people. As a template it can be useful. They kinda just included everything on a global and local scale I like how they pushed the envelope with their transportation initiatives.
"IKEA wants to make it easier for customers to leave their cars at home, and we are willing to try all sorts of ideas. In Denmark, IKEA stores lend customers bicycles equipped with trailers that can transport up to 45 kg per trip."
Vitra works with independent “authors” – primarily with designers, but also with architects and graphic artists. What distinguishes the work of these people from that of other designers is the fact that their personal imprint and outlook is reflected in every one of their products.
In contrast, designers in fixed employment must adapt their personal interpretation to the requirements of the client. We do not define our roles in terms of client and contractor. Two business partners – the designer and Vitra – embark on a common quest for an optimal solution. Vitra’s task is to provide a stimulating environment, technical support, conceptual input and constructive criticism.
Marta and I made a decision to make some posters for the new neighborhoods we love and want to bring new attention to! The posters will be our kind of pre-research for the guides and books to follow. We’re pretty excited about this. so the areas that need more more more are…
1. Ridgewood, Queens 2. Redhook, Brooklyn (Kings) 3. Hamilton Heights, Manhattan 4. Sugar Hill, Manhattan 5. Harlem, Manhattan
… actually the other areas are secret. so more on that later. The idea to start is… 1. Go with Lulu or similar publisher for printing, decide on format (with 11x17 insert) 2. Take photos and find out a way to organize them (size) 3. Link maps from google together (like Bjorns) 4. Figure out content, template, format, etc. Document on delicious, fb. Note writing that already addresses concept (nest), and places that look at concept (dream, work, brain, etc)
Don’t know why in the world this thought popped into my head. But from an Operations and Maintenance standpoint, as well as a way for learning and training - it would be a interesting concept/idea (or maybe not at all). Still don’t think I could ever design a space for capitol punishment.
“The OPR is a document that establishes ASHRAE’s goals for the ASHRAE Headquarters Renovation project. The OPR is considered a “living” document during the design phase of the project, and as such is subject to change as the design progresses. By establishing the goals of the ASHRAE Headquarters Renovation in a single document, the OPR becomes a record by which ASHRAE, and other parties involved in the project, can judge the degree of success in meeting the owner’s defined objectives and criteria.”
Now that Solvigg is working in multiple building types and scales, we started to experience what its like to see people using green building for marketing trends (great) but bypassing the implementation of it in their company and staff. Though we’re sill leaning the “true” meaning of this, I was inspired by the CSR initiative taken by Changing Habbits and wrote this letter to the group to reiterate our position on sustainability as a young company (idealistic? naive? we have a sense of humor, i think?). Recently, I’ve read some articles on how corporations are twisting CSR to manipulative ends… But we have hope (remember, we’re young!)
"Dear Mr. Smith After the conversation I had with Mr. Blackwell on Sunday, and with you on Monday, you identified some key individuals who may help penetrate the barrier that exists between green building and popular fads. Because you are the one who is most actively rooting for these changes, I’ll leave it up to you to copy other people on this idea.
You showed some interest in planting the seed for your employees about a kind of road map to Corporate Social Responsibility and training future maintenance teams. There are several ways to educate your team on urban environmental CSR, being a member of LEED and the USGBC may not be the appropriate thing for the organization at this time. There is a program that Solvigg participates with called Changing Habbits which allows businesses and individuals to participate in this process - if it is not this program, there are others out there. We would encourage your organization to guide employees to participate in the the Sustainable Building Initiative that is going on (and being promoted) in the company meetings/literature so everyone is well suited to join conversations; watching documentaries like “The Greening of Southie” are also great methods. It is very important to Solvigg that this is taken to a level beyond a marketing trend. I’ve included the link below Check it out http://www.changinghabbits.co.uk/business … We are happy to share our information, and our company needs to track proprietary and intellectual output - part of that means to be able to cover our tracks. If we say we’re “green” we really are. We are active members of several organizations and communities who make change happen, this is the accountability our company was founded on in 2005, and must remain. On behalf of Solvigg and Tents & Castles staff and employees, we’re glad that you made the choice to build green.”