Twenty years ago, business owners were told that any company without a website wouldn't be in business.
Today, any business not developing their long term sustainability strategy won't be in business. Become a leader in your industry by embracing sustainability.
The secret to developing a sustainability strategy that actually works is: integration. By exploring how operations, suppliers, HR and marketing are connected, Eric Corey Freed can identify new opportunities and establish long term goals for your company.
Eric is a recognized early pioneer in sustainability, named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" back in 2005. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects."
Eric helps clients determine a clear path to do well while doing good.
1. The Site is the Solution
The understanding of surrounding systems is the key to sustainable design. This includes the systems of construction, the systems of materials production and, especially, the existing systems of the site. By observing and designing in harmony with all of these systems, we can join and not destroy our environment. The systems of the site provide our solution before our eyes.
2. Nature is our Inspiration
By creating a place which complements the environment, other systems will begin to regenerate. Understanding our place with Nature, allows us to better observe our impact. Nature inspires our work and informs our actions.
3. Work with Nature
By striving for a regeneration of Nature, rather than a depletion from it, we are taking responsibility for our lives. We become more alive. As our surroundings come back to life, so do we. Sustainable design works with the processes of Nature.
4. Learn from your Actions
Understanding the effects of your relation to your environment will inform your design possibilities. The impact you create will eventually reconnect back to you.
5. The design is just the beginning
The collection of Individuals involved all contribute to the design process. Great design is the beginning of a lifelong educational process. The design begins a journey which continues as you live in harmony with your design.
Biomimicry is the study of how Nature designs. Popularlized by the 2002 book by Janine Benyus, the concept of biomimicry could teach us how to build the way Nature does and save ourselves in the process.
Nature has figured out how to build with local materials; while we still cart materials around the globe on global supply chains. Nature uses carbon dioxide as a building block; we can only see it as a pollutant. Finally, Nature knows how to evolve to each site and location; while we try to fit the same boxes in Alaska as we do in Arizona. The possibilties are only just now being realized.
Imagine materials that heal themselves, carpeting that provides nutrition on the bare knees of crawling babies or roofing that changes color with the seasons. Such ideas could save billions in energy and material costs. This is the primary focus of our research. Contact us or schedule a time to meet with Eric to discuss how we can help.
Issues such as compliance, waste management and emissions are often seen as "the cost of doing business." Unfortunately, these also have a large economic and environmental cost.
Eric can help you explore ways your company can flip these externalities into revenue producers and business opportunities.