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Welcome to PlanIt Greener,
a touring exhibition bringing the rapidly evolving green movement to you. PlanIt Greener provides
you with down-to-earth tips and simple ways to make eco-smarter choices by showcasing energy
efficient, renewable and recycled products and services currently available for use in the home. Climate
change and other environment issues are being brought to the forefront by scientists, political leaders
and many more. Understanding the environment is important to our life on this planet and for the future
of our children, we at PlanIt Greener are committed to bringing eco-smarter choices into the
marketplace and into the home of concerned, caring people.
If you walk or bike to work you will save money on gas and parking while improving
your cardiovascular health and reducing risk of obesity. If you live far from your office,
investigate the option of telecommuting one or more days a week. Rideshare or
carpooling with co-workers that live nearby is also another eco-smarter alternative.
Consider driving an efficient vehicle like a hybrid gasoline/electric or a biodiesel
vehicle. The PlanIt Greener exhibit is transported using a biodiesel vehicle!
Recycling 2 cans saves the
amount of energy it takes to
power a PC for one work day.
Eco-Smarter Cabinets, Countertops and Backsplashes: Today, there is a wide variety of environmentally
friendly kitchen cabinets available for your home. Many of these options are made from rapidly renewable
resources and reclaimed materials. Wheatboard cabinets, for example, are covered with wood veneers.
Manufacturers offer these cabinets with ultra low VOC, water based adhesives and finishes for better indoor air
quality. You may find out more about this healthy and affordable option from Humabuilt Cabinets.
Bamboo is another quick growing renewable resource that is used for cabinets. You can contact a bamboo
cabinet manufacturer about special glue options for individuals with chemical sensitivities. Plyboo, Kirei and
Eco Supply Center are just three of the many companies that are innovating modern bamboo cabinetry.
Coutertops and backsplashes are going Green too. Paperstone is an attractive solid countertop made from
paper content and is hard like stone. Bamboo is another great choice for countertops. There are a number of
eco-friendly companies that make glass tiles out of recycled glass, which makes for stunning backsplashes.
Importantly, glass tiles do not give off emissions and won’t damage indoor air quality.
Buy Local and Organic: Buying local keeps fuel usage to a minimum. It also supports
local economy and encourages the family farm. Buying organic is the healthy choice, as
these foods are produced without chemical pesticides and herbicides, as well as without
antibiotics and hormones. Buying local and organic is healthier for you and the planet.
Check out your local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
Consider an online service to find re-used furniture,
appliances, and other items, rather than buying them
new. Check out garage sales and thrift stores for
clothing and other everyday items. Use your
creativity in gift giving, including making
homemade gifts, donating to a good cause, or even
Energy efficient lighting can cut down on your utility
Flooring bills. Designing a kitchen with good natural lighting
cuts down on the need to use electricity and passive
Eco-Smart Flooring: When resurfacing your floors solar home design will use less energy for heating
consider and cooling. Most standard fixtures are compatible
the many environmentally friendly options available in with compact fluorescents (CFLs, which can save
today’s market. 75% of the electricity that incandescent bulbs use.) In
Cork flooring is durable, comfortable under foot and is a the past, some people stayed away from CFLs
terrific insulator for both sound and heat. Cork is also because they didn’t like the sterile light they gave off,
hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly. reminding them of older office lighting. Today CFLs
Marmoleum is a natural linoleum product. It is extremely offer cool and warm light and are available in a wider
durable and is all naturally made from flax, wood flour and range of wattage and lumens. Look for the Energy
rosins. No adhesives are required and it is non-toxic and Star on the product as well. While the initial cost of
resistant to bacteria growth. these bulbs is slightly higher, they last up to eight
Bamboo makes a beautiful, warm, environmentally friendly times as long.
floor that can be enjoyed for many years.
For more information, visit www.greenfloors.com Consider buying wind and solar energy from your local
utility company or purchasing renewable energy
offsets, which offers our best hope for reducing
greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a host of other
pollutants. In some cases, “green energy” options can
be cheaper than electricity from conventional sources.
Explore your green energy options as they differ
throughout the country.
PlanIt For Life:
Raising animals for food uses 1/3 of all fossil fuel &
raw materials in our country. Additionally, 125,000
sq. miles of rain forest are destroyed for raising
animals for food each year. Reducing or
eliminating meat from your diet is one of the most
impactful things you can do for our environment and
for the future of our planet! Indoor Air Quality: As the number of people who
suffer from allergies and chemical sensitivities
Appliances increases, so does the need for hypoallergenic
building materials. Building or remodeling your
Energy Efficient Appliances: The refrigerator is one kitchen can produce toxins that are harmful to indoor
of the home’s highest consumers of energy. Since July air quality. To reduce this problem there are low-
of 2001, the national energy efficiency standards for toxicity finishes and surfaces available on the
new refrigerators has required manufacturers to make market. Look for products that have water based
more efficient models. Utility providers in some states adhesives and finishes and ones that don’t have
offer rebates for homeowners who purchase models synthetic formaldehyde resins. It’s all about making
that exceed the minimum standard. Looking for the smarter choices.
Energy Star sticker on all your kitchen appliances is a Low VOC Paints: Use paint with low-VOC or no-
great way of making your kitchen greener. Once you VOC (volatile organic compounds). Even after
have your “eco-friendly appliances” make sure you conventional paint dries and the initial smell is gone,
use the water and energy-saving setting on your it continues to off-gasses toxins for up to six years.
kitchen’s refrigerator and dishwasher as much as
possible. PlanIt for Keeps:
For more information, visit www.energystar.gov Here are just a few companies that manufacture low-
VOC and no-VOC paints:
Benjamin Moore & Co. - Pristine Eco-Spec
Lowe’s Olympic Brand
Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company
Sherwin-Williams- Harmony paints
Use rechargeable batteries: Although they may
cost more to buy, rechargeable batteries will save
you 10 or 20 times the original cost (by not buying
new batteries over and over again). Prolong the life
of any batteries by using a cord (an AC adapter, if
necessary) for radios and other appliances when
Natural Fiber Furnishings, Beds and Bedding are
Green Contractors: Contractors that want to educate a must for any eco- friendly home. Natural Fiber
themselves about Green construction can find out furnishings that are organic and are created with
more information by visiting www.nahb.org – the non off-gassing materials add beauty and good
National Association of indoor air quality to your home. Buying
Home Builders’ web site, where you can review mattresses and bedding made from organic
Model Green Home Building Guidelines. It’s materials like cotton, latex, bamboo, etc… will
important to educate yourself on the guidelines for increase your family’s health, and will support a
Green home building, and provide your clients with a sustainable, green economy.
wide variety of options that meet their requirements, For more information, visit www.ecosupplycenter.com
preferences and budget.
For more information, visit www.usgbc.org
Biodegradable Cleaning Products: Chemical
sensitivity is linked to many illnesses. Conventional
cleaning products are known to pollute our
waterways and destroy wildlife. Biodegradable
products break down naturally and are generally
harmless to the user and to the environment.
Change the thermostat setting and install
energy saving devices: Setting your
thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter
and a few degrees higher in the summer can
translate to substantial savings on your utility
Solar Water Heating: This can save your household
bills, while conserving energy. Install low-
flow showerheads and take shorter showers to up to 35% of its energy use and up to 80 TONs of
save water and the energy used to heat it. carbon dioxide from entering our environment over
Consider installing a solar hot water heater on the life of the system. There is a federal tax credit and
your property. Wash clothes in cold water many states offer additional tax credits, as well as
whenever possible and use a drying rack or Solar Water heating systems actually pay for
clothesline rather than the dryer.
themselves and then make money! Every day 5,000
times more energy shines down on Earth from the Sun,
than it takes to power the entire US!
PlanIt Wiser: Reduce the
amount of disposables you use: Bottle
water can be expensive and produces a lot
of waste. Using triple-carbon block filters
will remove the most contaminates and
produce the cleanest drinking water.
Anthony has been featured in national and international
media including Dwell, Travel Channel, HDTV and Fine
Living Network, among others. He moved his studio from
Brooklyn, NY to Richmond, VA in 2003 where he is
PlanIt Greener is a collaborative effort linking together dedicated full time to woodworking and life with his wife
prominent experts in the greening industry. Greening Director and and two children.
PlanIt Greener PlanIt Greener PlanIt Greener Co-producer PlanIt Greener partners recommend Green Floors, whose
Shar Olivier is an accredited LEED professional, through the US product line features environmentally friendly flooring.
Green Building Council. As found of TOTALGreen Green Floors is committed to protecting the world’s natural
Development, Shar’s mission is to bring about global sustainable resources through responsible craftsmanship. Green Floors
business growth and enterprise through building and eco lifestyle. is an eco-smart choice. It can: last longer than conventional
Currently, she is part of a team developing a LEED gold certified flooring; is recycled and reduces dependency on oil; meets
new housing development in Chapel Hill, NC, where she lives government regulations for recycling; can save you time and
with her life and business partner. money; and enhances the look and feel of your space!
PlanIt Greener is mutually supported by the environmentally
responsible Internet resource, Inhabitat.com. The site is the The PlanIt Greener Exhibit is transported from city to city
brainchild of Jill Fehrenbacher, as a way to catalog her endless using a vehicle that runs on biodiesel. Biodiesel is a clean
search for new ways to improve the world through forward- burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic,
thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious designs. Visit renewable resources like soybean oil, and cuts our
Inhabitat.com for additional tips – simply click on “Green dependence on foreign fossil fuels. Biodiesel contains no
Building 101” for eco-smart building ideas. petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum
diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in
PlanIt Greener is proud to exhibit the work of furniture maker compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no
Anthony Brozna. Committed to building a product that is modifications.
sustainable and environmentally accountable, Brozna owner of
Eco Supply Center has established himself within the furniture PlanIt Greener is co-produced by TOTALGreen
business as a true artist and proficient craftsman. Each of his Development and “15 Minutes” Inc.
highly designed pieces is constructed at a connoisseur level and is For Information about booking this exhibit,
built for durability, function and enjoyment. His furnishings are sponsorship, or media opportunities, please contact:
made from trees that have fallen due to sickness or storm, or Pam Derderian at (610) 832-1515, or visit
salvaged from old buildings. www.15minutesinc.com
PlanIt Greener is proud to present POWER SHIFT,
the critically acclaimed PBS special, hosted and narrated
by Cameron Diaz, on display in our exhibit. This award-
winning program reveals the abundant possibilities of
clean, renewable energy, and its role in our world.
POWER SHIFT offers easy, practical steps that each of
us can take to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels –
and weaves together such topics as hybrid-electric cars,
solar energy, wind energy and green buildings.
For more information, visit
PlanIt Greener is also pleased to present the HD
multipart television series narrated by Brad Pitt titled,
DESIGN e2 – a six part series which aired on PBS –
on display in our exhibit. The series introduces
viewers to inventive leaders and technologies driving
sustainable practices in building. The series inspires
viewers to live smarter, live greener and live with the
future in mind.
For more information, visit www.designe2.com
45% of our landfills in the Production of just a single
US are comprised of waste hamburger uses 2,500
from new construction. gallons of water!
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“As more and more people understand what's
at stake, they become a part of the solution …”
– Al Gore An Inconvenient Truth