IGBA Update

You may remember that when I started writing this blog series, I said I’d be keeping you up to date on how our certification with the Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA) was progressing. And you’d be right if you pointed out there hasn’t been much in the way of updates. Well, here you go!

One of the nice things about IGBA’s certification process is that they accept different types of verification to prove you have fulfilled particular requirements. Pretty much anything except anecdotes and rumors. So I’ve been busy taking photos of seemingly random items at the Taylor Studios offices. Take a look at this beauty:

Hey, the use of a window and a pretty ingénue makes this one practically a Vermeer! What this photo actually captures is how our staff makes use of natural lighting and task lighting instead of the (admittedly, harsh) overhead lighting. That and we don’t believe in carpet. Or insulation.

And this is one of the interesting ones. I’ve got the sink, the water cooler, bushes, the company Prius, dishes drying by the sink, you get the idea. Luckily, Anthony Santarelli, the IGBA director who deals with certification, is a very nice guy with more patience than me. He really knocked it out of the park with a dandy spreadsheet that helps me track what requirements we’ve completed. It’s got a great, information-dense format that makes it clear, breathtakingly clear, how far we have to go.

I know what you’re thinking, “If these are his updates, let’s get back to the fun stuff!” I agree, but before I go, I’d like to give a plug to IGBA about a neat program they’re involved in with Ameren to install free faucet aerators for businesses that are Ameren customers. Take a look and give ‘em a call!

If you are a central Illinois business person, have you heard of IGBA? If you’re outside the region, is there a similar type of organization where you work? Let’s spread the word!

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