August 2013 Photos
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Week of August 26
Here's the most recent comparison between our monthly waste output and an industry standard of 13 pounds per person per week. We consider waste whatever we don't recycle or compost. Our numbers actually doubled from June to July, which we think has to do with us throwing away more leftover food waste from our refrigerator. While we're concerned about that increase, this chart makes clear that even doubled, our waste output is far less than an average office environment's.
Today business-in-residence De-tread welcomed visitors from Goodwill's Greenworks team as well as representatives of Chatham University in Pittsburgh. The Chatham folks were excited to see a copy of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" in our library. Before Carson wrote that sustainability classic, she graduated from Chatham. In 2009, the university opened a School of Sustainability & the Environment, partly to honor her memory.
Caroline using fish-based fertilizer from Organically Done in Franklin, MI
Week of August 19
Global Detroit is an initiative of Green Garage business-in-residence New Solutions Group that's dedicated to revitalizing Detroit and southeast Michigan by making the region more attractive to immigrants. Global Detroit worked with Data Driven Detroit to produce a report investigating the locations of metro-Detroit's foreign born populations. Download a copy here, and listen to an interview with Global Detroit's Steve Tobocman about immigrants in metro Detroit here.
The fine folks behind business-in-residence Detroit Food Academy met with some other Green Garagers over lunch today to help them navigate a significant organizational change. When it comes to the healthy growth and continuous improvement of small businesses and nonprofits, we believe that a supportive community makes all the difference.
Week of August 12
Week of August 5
This week we're welcoming the Center for Community Progress, the newest members of our business-in-residence community. CCP helps American cities and towns turn vacant, abandoned and problem properties into vibrant places.
Keith Owens, resident author and guitar player, helps Curt Malouin of Red Panda, a business-in-residence, demonstrate his guitar pedals at our Friday community lunch.