Since our meeting with Dave Goebel from Missouri Enterprise, I’ve been researching our options for updating Sportsprint’s lighting system. Right now our facility is equipped with all T12 lights, and we want to upgrade to the more energy efficient T8 lamps. Actually, we could go further and upgrade to T5 lights, which are even more energy efficient. You know how the day after you buy a new computer it’s already old news? That’s what happened with T8 lighting- just as we’re looking into transitioning to T8, we learn that T8 lighting is already being phased out! It’s both the wonder and frustration of technology.
Since there’s so much green funding available these days, a (hopefully) substantial proportion of our improvement project can be funded by incentive programs. Plus the Lean, Clean and Green Assessment estimated this would save us about $1000/year! Not too shabby. There are tons of incentives out there if you’re interested in upgrading either your business or your home. Here’s the database of incentives I found when researching funding. Missouri has a lot of great programs. Maybe you can get your next project partially or fully funded for you!
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Just got back from a scrumptious lunch at Hendel’s Market Cafe with Cindy Mense, Phil Valko, intern Stephanie, and volunteer Parks from Trailnet, along with several other folks from the Live Well Ferguson! task force. We convened to talk about possibilities for Safe Routes to School in Ferguson, where a group of folks are determined to make Ferguson a healthy and active community to live, work, and play in. It’s great being part of such a committed group of people.
So what does this have to do with the greening of Sportsprint? Well, on the surface maybe not much. But being a small family business that’s always been based in Ferguson, Missouri, we’re pretty committed to seeing Ferguson thrive as much as our own business. So a while back when we launched our line of EarthDance Tees (check them out in an album on our myspace page now: www.myspace.com/sportsprint ), we wanted to do a t-shirt that emphasized biking, walking and generally being active. An amazing graphic designer, Jake Houvenagle, stepped forth to come up with an awesome design for the tees,
Jake Houvenagle's design
and voila, Trailnet has a super cool supersoft organic t-shirt for sale that benefits their programs, including the Healthy & Active Communities program we met about for lunch today. See, so it’s all connected.
If you want to buy one (and I don’t know why you wouldn’t!), check out Trailnet’s merchandise page.
Phil Valko, Active Living Program Director for Trailnet
Sporting the wasabi-green Trailnet tee
I AM ALTERNATIVE ENERGY (back of t-shirt)
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