CaraGreen Now Offering Education on Labels and Certifications

CaraGreen has added a new lunch and learn to our list of educational offerings. The course titled How to Assess Materials Sustainable Attributes – Breaking Down Labels and Certifications, provides 1 AIA CES HSW credit. As more sustainable materials are introduced to the market, it becomes increasingly difficult to figure out how to compare products. This course on Labels and Certifications helps clarify which products can meet your project requirements and how you can distinguish truly sustainable features from invalidated claims. The course considers the best techniques for assessing product sustainability based on a single attribute or considering a product’s full life cycle.  We will simplify the process of determining what makes a product sustainable and why.  Learning objectives include:

-Define the connection between Buildings, Interiors and Material Selection
-Learn Health, Environmental and Social Impacts of Material Selection
-Examine what makes a good label or certification program
-Identify which sustainable materials meet your project needs today

Other CaraGreen course offerings currently include: Building Materials for Sustainable Interiors, Life Cycle Analysis Tools and Evaluation Methods for Sustainable Interiors, Sustainable Surfacing Materials, and Bamboo Flooring & Plywood in a Sustainable Design Environment

For more information on having CaraGreen present at your firm, contact Lisa.

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Recycle Your Denim at the Gap and Get 30% Off

Gap invites customers to "Recycle Your Blues" and get 30% off new Gap denim.  Cotton Incorporated will be working with Gap to launch the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.® denim drive in about 1,000 Gap stores.  From March 5 through March 14, consumers can donate old denim at their local Gap, which will then be given a “new life” by being converted into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber Insulation, and donated to communities in need. Consumers who donate their denim will receive a 30% discount off new denim purchases.   Since the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.® denim drive program began, enough denim has been recycled to create natural cotton fiber insulation for over 540 homes.

The in-store program will be featured on Gap’s online consumer site,, as well as the COTTON. FROM BLUE TO GREEN.® Web site,

For more information on UltraTouch Cotton Fiber Insulation and 2010 homeowner tax incentives, contact us.


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Stacy Glass from Caragreen to Present for the AIA NC November 10th

On November 10th, the AIA will be offering 3 Continuing Education Seminars on one day in Raleigh, NC:
-Building Materials for Sustainable Interiors (updated for LEED 2009) and Life Cycle Assessment
-The Business and Professional Risks of Integrated Project Delivery
-Don't Let Green Design Cause Red Ink

Stacy Glass from Caragreen will be presenting the Building Materials for Sustainable Interiors and Life Cycle Assessment course from 10AM to 12PM for 2 HSW-SD CEUs.

Course Summary:

Once energy and water efficiencies have been achieved in a project, attention turns to the interior finishes.  Carefully considering material selection can help optimize LEED credits in the areas of Materials & Reuse as well as Indoor Environmental Quality and may make the difference between silver and gold or gold and platinum ratings.  Even more importantly, careful material section can help to engage tenants in the sustainable intents of the building.  This course will examine what material credits are available in LEED-NC and how to choose the right interior products to optimize LEED credits.  This course considers a range of new materials being used for building products, including rapidly renewable,  high recycled content, local, reclaimed and reused building products available for architects to specify in new projects focused on sustainable design.  Actual product samples will be demonstrated.

AND....With so many options and ‘green’ messages in the marketplace, how do you know what is really green and what is green washed?  This course is designed to provide architects and designers with a toolkit of options to truly evaluate the sustainability of interior products based on Life Cycle Analysis.  Several existing tools are considered, including BEES 4.0, Pharos lens and many of the certification bodies that evaluate green products including SCAQMD, GreenSpec, GreenSeal, GreenGuard and others.  Participants are provided with guidelines for evaluating products, an interview guide to truly assess sustainability, and a listing of resources to assist in Life Cycle Analysis of interior building products.

Stacy Glass, President at CaraGreen, has her BA from the University of Minnesota and MBA from Duke University. Stacy has worked on an international level developing and executing start-up strategies for businesses and social enterprises, as well as contributing to rapid growth and expansion by developing new markets and managing multi-million dollar projects.

Register HERE prior to November 6th.

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CaraGreen Exhibiting at NeoCon East Next Week, Booth # 2767

CaraGreen is heading to Baltimore October 28th and 29th where we’ll be exhibiting at NeoCon East.  NeoCon East is the premier design exposition and conference for the mid-atlantic design community and we are excited to be part of this show!
The CaraGreen booth has installations of Durat, TorZo, and Turning House Millworks, so designers can see these sustainable products in action.  Durat will have a vibrant and playful lime green tub and kelly green sink on display..  TorZo Indure, Tiikeri, and Orient will be featured as wall coverings and shelving in the booth, which adds texture and warmth to the space.  And, Turning House Millworks will cover the floor with their reclaimed multi-plank (engineered) wood flooring.
If you are heading to the show, we hope to see you there!  Otherwise, look for a recap of the event on our blog next month.

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CaraGreen Exhibiting and Speaking at the AIA SAR Conference 10/1 and 10/2 in Greenville, SC

CaraGreen will be exhibiting and presenting at the AIA South Atlantic Regional (SAR) Conference in Greenville, SC, October 1st-2nd. We will be showcasing our products in a newly designed booth, which will feature both samples and installations of our goods.  Stop by booth #146 to see our latest offerings!

In addition to exhibiting, Stacy Glass from CaraGreen will be teaching a seminar on Friday Oct. 2nd 10:15 – 11:30, titled “Selecting and Optimizing Materials for LEED Projects”.

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Stacy Glass to Particpate in Women Leading Environmental Change Panel Discussion

The 2009 Women’s Leadership Summit at Meredith College will include an opportunity to explore the leadership lessons offered by women at the forefront of environmental change in their communities, businesses, and organizations.

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Stop by the CaraGreen Booth at GreenNC in Raleigh Next Week

CaraGreen will be taking our showroom on the road and exhibiting at the 5th annual GreenNC tradeshow next week.  The show is being held at the Raleigh Convention Center Wednesday, September 9th, 9AM-5PM.  CaraGreen's Booth is #310, so stop by and say hello!

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CaraGreen Now Offers IDCEC Approved Continuing Education Course

CaraGreen now offers a course that is accredited through the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC). Interior Designers that take the course are elgible for Continuing Education Units. 

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CaraGreen to Present Course at Construction Expo in Raleigh Next Week

CaraGreen will present at the Construction Expo in Raleigh on August 25th and 26th from 9-11AM.

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