AWESOME List – WITI South Florida

Women in Technology International (WITI) is a professional organization that we both belong to.  If it weren’t for WITI, we may have never have met (although we feel the universe would have brought us together somehow).  This group is unique in that it provides both educational and networking focused events that seek to build relationships, rather than just exchanging business cards.  What we like best at WITI events is that there is a “No one stands alone policy” at all gatherings.  This means that if you attend a WITI event alone, you won’t need to stress about meeting other people and having someone to talk to.  The events are full of fun and information and you are guaranteed to meet some really interesting people.  Oh, and guys are welcome too!  Check out WITI.  If you are curious, but don’t want to make the “commitment” then come to one of WITI South Florida’s Geek Girl Happy Hours to get a taste of what WITI is about.   The Happy Hours are free to attend and are very relaxed and fun.  We hope to see you at a future event!

Green Tip of the Day – Water

I was inspired to write this week about water due to a call to action to all bloggers from the Change.org Blog Action Day.  Here are two tips and some resources to help you change your water use habits for the better!

At home or on the go, reduce or eliminate your bottled water consumption.  Use a water filter (either pitcher, faucet attached or under sink) and a reusable water bottle.  This not only eliminates the plastic used for the bottles and the cost to transport those bottles, but also reduces the energy needed to recycle.  If you are on the go and need a refill, check out Tapit for establishments that will happily refill your bottle.

At the office, install a water cooler and filtration system that is either connected to your building’s plumbing or check out the newest innovative water cooler from Island Sky Water that pulls the humidity out of the air and turns it into clean, fresh drinking water for everyone in your office.  Either of these systems will eliminate the need for those ungainly 5-gallon water bottles – who wants to transport, store and get them on and off the water cooler anyway?

There are obviously more steps you can take to reduce your water footprint , which I will cover in the future, but either of these steps is a great one to start on your work of becoming leaner and greener in both your personal life and your business.

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What we do…

We help businesses, from the single entrepreneur to medium size companies become lean and green, efficient and sustainable, save money and save the planet.  That’s the 30 second elevator pitch.

We will help you to identify and eliminate 10 different types of waste in your organization.  We will guide you on the path to going green or getting “greener”, and help you to get certified and recognized for what you are doing.

Part of our corporate vision statement is: “PM Perspective is a green conscious consulting organization, providing services to our clients that raise their environmental friendly practices and consciousness while increasing their bottom line.”

Yveatte is a natural born “tree-hugger” and has had a long time focus in her life on how to live in such a way as to consciously minimize negative impact on the planet and be a conscious and educated consumer.  I have had a growing awareness of my impact on the planet (and how it may affect my children) and spent many years in corporate America witnessing waste of all kinds.  As Yveatte focused on working for the environment, I focused on a vision of a more efficient way of doing everyday business.

Together we have developed Simple Lean & Green for Your Business. 

Simply put, we come in, share some info on the 10 types of waste, (we like to think of it as raising consciousness – our gift to the planet and you), and with you, think through how you might identify and eliminate these types of waste in your business.  We’ve taken the 7 types of waste identified in Lean methodology and put them together with the hot topic wastes of water, energy and trash.  You are the expert in your business – we can help you look at it from a different perspective where you may be able to reduce your consumption, whether it be material or incremental.  Save some money and help the planet too.

More and more consumers are choosing businesses that are “green”.  We’re not talking organic produce here, we mean “business”!  Any kind of business.  Would you like your office, practice, restaurant, gym, spa, salon, etc. to be considered green?  Of course!  Would you like to see where you are wasting time, space, energy, anything in your organization?  We help you to do that. 

We also love to do presentations for groups on Lean and Green in your business and your home.  If you belong to a group that needs a speaker on this topic, please contact us.

For more information, visit our website: www.simpleleanandgreen.com.

Green Tip of the Day – Ecological Footprint

Have you ever wondered what your ecological footprint is?  We did and searched around for some calculators online.  We really like the calculator from the Global Footprint Network.  It is fun and interactive.  Don’t be shocked by the outcome!  I drive a hybrid and don’t eat much meat and my impact was much greater then I expected.  Once you complete the quiz, they offer tips to reduce your impact.   So, we challenge you to calculate your footprint and tell us how it went in the comments section below.  Are there any small changes you can make to reduce your impact?

Green Tip of the Day – Envelopes

What to do with all those envelopes you get with your bills, but don’t use because you pay your bills online? Of course, the greenest way to reduce your envelope consumption is to have your bills delivered via email, but that doesn’t work for everyone.  The next most obvious answer is to recycle them.  However, there is a way to get one last use out of them before they go into the recycle bin.  Use them for shopping lists and put any coupons you have for those items on your list in the envelope.  This helps keep you organized, stick to your list and save some money because you remembered the coupons.  Once you get back from shopping – don’t forget to toss that envelope into the recycling bin!

The AWESOME List

What is the AWESOME list?  Yveatte started telling people years ago that they were at the top of her AWESOME list that day when they did something really nice for her.  She even told people that didn’t know her, like an amazing customer service agent.  It seemed to get a great reaction out of people and catch their attention more than your typical, thank you, I really appreciated your help/feedback/phone call, etc.

Simple Lean & Green has decided to feature people, organizations, products and companies that we think are AWESOME on our blog from time to time.  We hope that you find them as AWESOME as we do!

Green Tip – Unplug

Ever heard of vampire power?  It is the electricity your appliances suck out of the grid even when not in use.  Basically, anything with a light on it, like your DVR.  For more in-depth information on vampire power, check this out.

I’m kind of crazy about unplugging things like my hairdryer, toaster, coffee machine, etc.  Not sure if this makes a huge difference, but I have the lowest electricity bills amongst a couple neighbors of mine (who live in similar size houses with the same amount of people and dogs) that I’ve polled.  Almost 50% less in one case!  There are other things I do to save on energy costs (more on that in later posts) that I am sure contribute more to my energy savings, but one of our Simple Lean & Green mottos is small changes add up over time into large results.  Every small effort counts towards saving money and saving the planet!

Obviously, it is a pain in the popo to go around unplugging and plugging things back in again all the time.  Technology has come to the rescue!  I haven’t used this product yet myself and this is by no means an endorsement, so please do your own research before purchasing.  Check out the smart power strip which seems to do the unplugging for you.

Speaking of unplugging, why not try an electronic sabbatical and unplug yourself?  I’ve read about a few people doing this on either a regular or once in a while basis. This means not turning on your computer, or cell phone or TV, etc. for a certain period of time.  It could be a day or a week or maybe even a few hours.  During a recent vacation, I watched very little TV and only got on the computer to check on travel arrangements.  I also shut my cell phone off (mostly because my provider charges crazy international rates).   I can honestly say that I didn’t miss any of it very much and actually enjoyed the “unplugged” time a lot.

For another example of someone’s experience during an electronic sabbatical click here.