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Small Business Recycling – How We Make Money Being Green

Being an Eco-Friendly spa I am constantly looking for ways to do good for our environment. Currently I pay my waste removal company for three different types of dumpsters. One for trash, one for paper and cardboard, and one for metal. It seems crazy that we have to pay extra to do the right thing. It's kind of like trying to eat right but at a higher cost.

Complexions wins 2008 Energy Small Business of the Year Award!

On September 29, 2008 we hosted a ceremony at the spa to present those individuals who helped us with our "greening" efforts. The awards were presented by Mike Breslin from the City of Albany.   The people who received a certificate for their collaborative efforts with our "greening" process  included our architect Greg Sellman, Naomi

Gold LEED Certification for New Construction is official!

Yesterday we received notification from the US Green Building Council that we have been approved for Gold LEED certification for New Construction. We are so pleased. We will be receiving a beautiful plaque from USGBC which we will display in our reception area. We did do a search and found that we are the FIRST

Follow up to our LEED certification

Just checked the LEED on line web page and the status of our project looks really good. Right now we have enough points approved to reach Gold Level! We are in line to be certified for New Construction. I can't tell you how happy I will be when this is officially awarded. As soon as

Awaiting the results of our LEED Certification.

I recieved an email a few days ago letting us know the status of our LEED certification.  Some of the points we applied for we did recieve and some needed additional clarification.  We had to send it over to the electrical engineer who is working on the project. Many of the points in question pertained to

How to build an energy efficient small business: Part 1

We closed on the new Complexions building in November of 2007 and immediately began demolishing the existing building. Many - my sons especially - think of demolition as a super-fun activity. If only that were true with Green construction! Long story short - we had to be very very careful every step of the way.

Going Green Cutting Costs

Image via Wikipedia While it did cost a bit more money on the front-end to make Complexions Spa an energy efficient facility, it appears more and more likely with each passing month that our year-over-year energy savings will take care of the initial investment far sooner than originally forecast. And that's with oil being sold

Some Challenges with Going Green

I began the project of building Complexions Green after going to a business meeting with my sister in law in Florida in May of 2006.  When I returned, I discussed my ideas with my brother Tony who is a structural engineer.  He was interested with the concept and knew just who to contact.  My father