Faced with industry-wide wastefulness, Blum & Poe, with artist exhibitions in its gallery locations in Los Angeles, Tokyo and New York City, considered how to implement a “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” strategy to bring about a more sustainable workplace. As a response, the gallery has committed to lowering its environmental impact through energy efficiency, recycling programs, waste reduction management, and water conservation.
Through this process, Blum & Poe made a commitment to participate in the Arts:Earth Partnership (AEP), an environmentally sustainable certification and materials resource exchange program specifically developed for the creative sector in Los Angeles. By completing AEP's certification process, Blum & Poe's Los Angeles gallery location has become one of the first green-certified contemporary art galleries in the United States.
In addition to becoming Arts:Earth certified, the LA gallery purchased carbon credits from Carbonfund.org to offset its carbon footprint for business travel and artwork transportation. By making a donation to Carbonfund.org to offset a corresponding quantity of carbon emissions through supporting the carbon dioxide reductions in the Seneca Meadows Landfill Gas-to-Energy project, Blum & Poe neutralized the environmental impact of its unavoidable travel and transportation emissions. The goal is to be carbon neutral by the end of 2015.
In order to achieve the Arts:Earth Partnership certification and advocate positive changes in environmental sustainability, Blum & Poe uses stationery printed on 100 percent post-consumer waste paper, reuses/recycles construction materials, install a weather-based irrigation system for the gallery's drought-tolerant garden and low-flow aerators on all faucets, partner with businesses that use sustainable practices, and spread the word on the importance of these standards.
Blum & Poe will continue beyond the AEP certification process and make strides in its daily operations. The LA gallery invested in solar panels installed on the building's roof, which will reduce energy consumption by 30 percent. AEP's guidelines will be instrumental in transitioning Blum & Poe's gallery locations in New York and Tokyo to operate within the same environmentally sustainable framework.
Blum & Poe is hopeful that other art galleries and art professionals will join in going green. Carbonfund.org applauds these efforts and is pleased to partner with Blum & Poe in their ongoing environmental conservation initiatives.
One of the primary components of Carbonfund.org’s mission is to provide climate change education and public outreach through our programs, and through our business partners and supporters. Two of Carbonfund.org’s business partners recently teamed up in a great example of public outreach, hosting a zero-waste event in their community.
The City of Pleasanton, CA and Hacienda Business Park Owners Association hosted the 3rd annual Pleasanton Green Scene Fair on September 20th at Hacienda West. The event featured over 100 exhibitors providing information, demonstrations, raffles and samples of products related to health and nutrition, energy efficiency, commuting alternatives, water conservation, recycling, and locally-sourced foods. The event also included a special display of alternative fuel vehicles, a mini-farmers market and the “Off The Grid” gourmet food trucks selling natural and sustainable treats.
Hacienda Business Park Owners Association has been a CarbonFree® Business Partner since 2007, calculating and neutralizing annual operational emissions by supporting Carbonfund.org’s carbon reduction and clean energy technology projects. And Hacienda’s Owners Association helps to spread the word about Carbonfund.org’s mission and projects, including the Million Tree Challenge, to the many businesses that occupy Hacienda’s properties. They also recommended that the City of Pleasanton contact Carbonfund.org to evaluate the fair’s carbon emissions and create a program to mitigate emissions associated with the day’s events by supporting Carbonfund.org’s clean air projects.
The road to succeeding in the fight against climate change and to hasten our transition to a cleaner energy future is to act boldly and work together to engage businesses, communities and networks to join in local and global efforts. The Pleasanton Green Scene Fair is a great example of partnership among a local business leader in sustainable operations, their environmentally-aware municipality and Carbonfund.org to promote environmental conservation and sustainable business practices in their community.