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Going Green

I am a member of the Green Business Network with a Green Business Certification *

Green America certifies businesses that are:

  • Actively using their business as a tool for positive social change;
  • Operating a “values-driven” enterprise according to principles of social justice AND environmental sustainability;
  • Environmentally responsible in the way they source, manufacture, and market their products and run their operations and facilities;
  • Socially equitable and committed to extraordinary practices that benefit workers, customers, communities, and the environment; and
  • Accountable for their work by continually improving and tracking their progress, and operating with radical transparency in every facet of their business.

*For more information, go to http://www.greenamerica.org/greenbusiness/certification.cfm

My Green Mission Statement

In my work as a Life-Cycle Celebrant® I assist others in celebrating life’s milestones. Both personally and professionally, I am dedicated to contributing to a sustainable future for our planet through: reducing personal consumption, waste, and pollution; reusing what I have; recycling everything I can; conserving energy, water, and other natural resources; and striving to buy and use environmentally friendly products.

And this means…

So, how does my commitment to sustainability play itself out in my day-to-day work as a Celebrant? My office is in my home, so our personal practices and my business practices overlap in some of the following ways: use of compact florescent bulbs in lighting fixtures; recycling paper, glass, plastic, and more; keeping the thermostat a little lower in the winter and a little higher in the summer; composting kitchen and yard waste. I use both sides of paper, sometimes using blank sides of junk mail. The main exception to this is when I print out the formal, final copy of a ceremony. And then, the paper I use is at least 30% post-consumer recycled content. I buy recycled paper products for use in my office whenever possible, including file folders, printer paper, hanging folders, and envelopes. And I always recycle my printer cartridges. Although I occasionally borrow my husband’s 2013 Honda Civic for longer trips, I usually drive a 1997 Geo Prism (which is still getting excellent mileage) to ceremonies and to appointments with couples. When we meet to discuss your ceremony, you will often see me bring my own mug or tumbler to the cafe for sipping coffee or tea. And I am delighted to say that 2014 we added solar panels to our home! I am always looking for ways to lessen my carbon footprint, and would love to hear from you about additional ideas for doing that.

I am happy to explore options with you for greening your wedding. Be sure to contact me today!