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Shedding Light on Lighting

Shedding Light on Lighting

“You don’t notice lighting until it’s gone,” says local lighting consultant and owner of LED Light Shed, Barry Stolar. But once you take notice, there can be a lot to learn about lighting. Last week, I visited the certified LEED Platinum office of the Green Building Alliance to participate in an energy audit. During the audit,...
Pittsburgh Public Transit Gets a FaceLyft

Pittsburgh Public Transit Gets a FaceLyft

Lyft on Mt. Washington. Photo Source Pop City Media I Mustache You A Question DECO’s Facilitator & Design Officer, Mary Sullivan, recently used Lyft, Pittsburgh’s newest public transportation option. Lyft is a San Fransico-based ride-sharing service that uses an app to connect drivers with people who need a lift. (Hence the name, get it?) The...
All is Well That Ends Well

All is Well That Ends Well

Pittsburgh has long been at the epicenter of global energy production. From the first commercial oil well, just north of the city in Titusville, to America’s rise to the top as the world’s leading natural gas producer, the Pittsburgh region has yielded tremendous influence over the Oil & Gas industry. Likewise, the Oil & Gas...
The Eagle has Landed

The Eagle has Landed

Southside residents and nature lovers across the Pittsburgh region are eagerly awaiting their newest neighbors: Baby Bald Eagles are expected to hatch any day now. Although the Audubon Society says that it’s been “more than 250 years since Bald Eagles last nested along Pittsburgh’s three rivers,” we now have multiple pairs of our national bird...
Signs of Life

Signs of Life

As the inevitable changing of seasons begins and spring commences its slow march in, Pittsburgh will once again become a vibrant place to live and work. The snow has melted and the ground is starting to thaw. Plants will eventually poke their heads out of the soil (much to the chagrin of anyone with spring...
Bike Pgh! Drive With Care Campaign

Bike Pgh! Drive With Care Campaign

You should drive like an adult and donate to the Bike Pgh! Drive With Care Campaign. DECO Resources has made bicycle commuting and accessibility to biking a priority for our employees. We like to recognize the amazing work that Bike Pgh! has accomplished in the Pgh region towards advocacy and awareness. Pittsburgh is certainly growing...
How Green Is Your Company

How Green Is Your Company

On a scale of 1 to 5, how environmentally conscious would you rank your company? 1 being “not conscious of the environment” and 5 being “very conscious.” This question was asked to our netgreen members during the first month of our baseline survey. This question elicited a variety of responses. Only one person ranked their...
This one goes to 11

This one goes to 11

What’s better than single digits? Double digits, of course! I’m not just talking about the temperature but also the number of businesses now in the netgreen community with the addition of two new members! First, we want to welcome the North Shore restaurant SoHo into our network. SoHo is a food and beverage establishment across from...
Reduce, Reuse, ReJuice

Reduce, Reuse, ReJuice

Our friends at Fresh From The Farms Juices & Salads on the Southside of Pittsburgh have come up with an excellent solution to reduce waste from their operations: Reusable Mason Jars.   Simply come into the store and ask for a mason jar instead of the traditional plastic bottle that is regularly offered. You can...
Greener Operations

Greener Operations

As a small business, we know that challenges that come with trying to integrate best green practices into the workplace. We have looked to experts like Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Green Building Alliance to help us identify the value in greener operations. Our team can help find incentives and develop strategies to achieve greener operations in...
Affordable & Profitable Sustainability

Affordable & Profitable Sustainability

DECO is more than just planning and research. We provide “boots on the ground” services. This allows you to focus on what you do best. You can run your business while we help make your vision a reality. Contact us to learn how environmental sustainability can be profitable for your organization. Our mission is to...
Creative Design

Creative Design

Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Most people apply this adage to waste, they might recycle something instead of throwing it away. DECO can help you save money by incorporating the three R’s into the design of your project. Reduce cost by eliminating unnecessary materials, reuse items where possible, and integrate recycled or upcycled materials into your production...