Photo courtesy of Community Green
After reading the title to this Article, your first impression is who is Community Green and is New Jersey remotely green? Believe it or not, New Jersey is known as the garden state for a reason and it is not due to its long turnpike bearing the same name. It is home to some of the most beautiful agricultural landscape. There are still many farms in the State.
Outside of New Jersey, many of you know it as the home of the Sopranos, the HBO mini series. In the series, New Jersey was portrayed as urban and densely populated.
Perhaps you know it as the toxic capital of the world? (I hear this one alot.) Is this really true?
Many parts of NJ are urban and dense, and has had its issue with industrial clean-ups just like many areas of the country. However, it is still the garden state with many beautiful preserved areas due to an active environmental community. Community Green, a not for profit organization, was born based upon the same environmental commitment to our Earth.
Founder Adriane Delafosse, a kitchen designer by trade sought to create a community where like-minded people could connect about local and environmental issues. Her belief is the more people that share their efforts, the greater the difference will be in preserving our environment.
Over the year, she has instituted seminars for people to attend, created a community green meetup for others to meet and to keep updated on the community’s events, and created a website as the hub of community green with links, events, green musing, and photos.
In speaking with Ariane, she has boundless energy and passion in her beliefs with her goal to create an environmental network for people living in New Jersey who share the same passion.
As I explained to Ariane, I too felt so alone because when I was building, no one could relate to why I was building green. It was so difficult to find materials. It would have been nice to have a network of like-minded people to bounce ideas off of.
This organization is a model for other states, counties, or areas to use to create an environmental community. If you live in New Jersey, I highly recommend joining this organization. The little I have seen of what Ariane has accomplished in such a short time, I can only imagine what is in store for Community Green. This community is her passion. If you do not live in New Jersey and are interested in forming an organization similar to Community Green, contact her as well.
Community Green is presenting a terrific green kitchen seminar on November 3, 2007 from 10 am to 2 pm in Princeton, New Jersey. The information is as follows: Join architect and Green Designer, Robert Blakeman, AIA, as he discusses the broad scale appeal of Green from the commercial and residential standpoint, specifically the kitchen. He will also share the four components of green: water conservation, energy conservation, material conservation, and air quality.
Hosted at Miele’s amazing appliance showroom in Princeton, local organic food and beverages will be served from Miele’s own kitchen. Special guests include: Concrete Design Studio, IceStone, Richlite, Virtue Tile, CitiLog MW Wood Enterprises. Learn about the latest in Lighting (LED’s, CFL’s, Wall Stopper Dimmers), Counters (Recycled Paper, Glass, Concrete), Flooring (Bamboo, Cork, Recycled Rubber Floors), Tile, Hardware, Cabinets, Paperless Wall Board, Low VOC Paints & Finishes, Low Flow Faucets, Tankless Water Heaters, Radiant Hydronic Heated Floors and more!
Ariane to RSVP for your chance at this very special event! Proceeds will go to Community Green’s Non-Profit Green Education Programs.”
If you are thinking of remodeling or building green, this seminar is a must to learn what products are available.