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Radar Hill Newsletter August 2010: An Invitation & Being Green

In This Issue:
· An Invitation — Website Launch Party
· Open House Widget
· Being Green at Radar Hill
· Green Links Of Interest

Website Launch Party: You are invited to our Launch Party on Monday, August 9th, 3 pm – 5 pm for the newly re-designed look of the Radar Hill website. Come on by our office for coffee, ice tea, and doughnuts, and watch the new website go live. No RSVP necessary.

REALTOR® Special: Open House Widget

The Victoria Real Estate Board has produced a widget for installation on Real Estate websites. When your visitors view a page containing the widget, it will display a current count of the number of upcoming open houses on the MLS® system.

Installation is easy — choose a size and let Radar Hill do the rest: $49.95

Read more at the Victoria Real Estate Board website

Being Green

At Radar Hill we try to be as green and environmentally-conscious as we can, doing our part to reduce our carbon footprint and have a positive influence on our planet. Here is what we do:

  • Use natural lighting since we have many windows in our office.
  • Low energy light bulbs where feasible.
  • Our BC Hydro energy, for our office and our webserver farm, comes from non-carbon emitting hydroelectricity.
  • Our office is surrounded by decks and carbon-offsetting palm trees.
  • Staff transportation: two people commute via bicycle, two via motorcycle, one by public transport, and one carpools.
  • On-site fridge, BBQ, microwave oven, toaster oven, hot plate, and a variety of food, so we can prepare our own food, which helps to reduce the waste from fast food restaurants.
  • Use ceramic mugs and plates instead of disposable paper.
  • Compost organic waste.
  • Recycle paper, glass, plastic, styrofoam, cardboard.
  • Responsibly dispose of electronics, or post to the local Freecycle list.
  • Reuse paper by using the second side.
  • Reduce paper by creating wireless websites such as our Homeport Listings product, a REALTOR®-only tool that eliminates the need for them to carry around paper copies of MLS® books.
  • Free gym memberships downstairs at Fitness World, with full hour lunch breaks, so we can stay healthy and fit.

We aren’t perfect, and we have a long way to go, but we are trying. If you have suggestions on how we can improve, please let us know.

Green Links Of Interest

From Consumer Reports: GreenerChoices.org — with information about some of the producers and manufacturers of various products we consume.

PlanetGreen.Discovery.com — lots of really cool information, complete with online quizzes. Try the one under Food & Health.

From the Environmental Working Group: CosmeticDatabase.com — a safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products.

From the Suzuki Foundation: Four places to cut your carbon — you can have a big impact on moving us all toward a greener future in the individual choices you make each day. These are some of the easiest and most effective ways, in four key areas, to reduce our carbon footprint and help improve our quality of life.

Change starts with your stomach — it’s not only what vehicle we drive or how we heat our homes that determines our carbon footprint. The food we eat also has an impact.

Quote: Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles. — Dr. David Suzuki, Environmentalist and Broadcaster

Thanks and talk to you next week,
The Radar Hill Team

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Volume #1, Issue #21: August/06/2010

About Shawn

Co-owner and one of the founders of Radar Hill, Shawn is an award-winning public speaker. He loves working with business owners, and tries to keep up with marketing trends.
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