She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.
When World Wildlife Fund‘s WWF Earth Hour project started in 2007 we were a fledgling startup company. But I was excited about the project because we were looking for comradery as a small business driven by an environmental mission. We turned our lights out during that first #EarthHour in Sydney, Australia and have done so every year since.
WWF makes it simple and fun to come together, make a statement and make a difference in the fight against global climate change. Just turn your lights off tonight from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm, local time. It’s a great time for a candlelight dinner or a little star-gazing. No matter where you live, there’s an Earth Hour 2017 event nearby where you can celebrate and meet like-minded people. Use WWF’s interactive map to find events near you. Last year Earth Hour was celebrated in 178 countries and territories across 7 continents and even aboard the International Space Station.
Focus on Climate Change & Forest Conservation
Earth Hour focuses mainly on energy issues that affect climate change but they also speak to forest conservation (a subject near & dear to the heart of this sustainable wood furniture company). “Forests play an irrefutable role in climate change. Building a climate-safe future requires us to act today to protect these important carbon sinks against massive degradation and deforestation- one tree, one action at a time.”
Plant Trees to Fight Climate Change
We’re always planting trees… at least one for every order we take. Earlier this week we planted 100 trees to commemorate the 2017 International Day of Forests. Since we started Vermont Woods Studios in 2005, we’ve planted almost 50,000 trees. Read more about our mission of forest conservation on our website.
Share Your Earth Hour 2017 Photos With Us
If you send us photos of what you did to celebrate Earth Hour, we’ll post them on our Facebook. We’ll also plant 25 trees for you to help restore the forest where monarch butterflies over-winter in Mexico. Our partners at Forests for Monarchs (and the butterflies) will love you forever.
Every year the United Nations proclaims March 21 the International Day of Forests. As wood furniture makers, we’ve always been focused on forest conservation so today is a day to celebrate at Vermont Woods Studios. What better reason to plant a tree? But, it’s a little chilly here & there’s still a foot of snow on the ground so we’re collaborating with our friends at Forests for Monarchs FFM. Together we’ll plant 100 trees in the monarch butterfly’s forested over-wintering habitat in Mexico. If you want to join the celebration, check out FFM’s website where they’ll plant 2 trees for every dollar you donate.
2017 Theme: Forests & Energy
Each year there’s a different theme for today’s holiday and this year it’s all about how much energy the forest stores and provides. The forest is Nature’s powerhouse. Did you know that 40% of today’s global renewable energy supply comes from the forest? That’s as much as solar, hydro and wind combined! Forests fuel people too:
The Need for Forest Conservation
Our forests are in distress. Rainforests alone are disappearing at a rate of >80,000 acres/day. Because of that some 135 plant, animal and insect species are going extinct every day. At Vermont Woods Studios we’re doing our part to raise awareness about the urgency of forest conservation. We plant at least 1 tree for every order we take. Last week I calculated the total number of trees we’ve planted since we started our business in 2005. Guess how many? Over 47,000 trees! Our goal is to plant another 5000 trees in 2017.
Last Friday I traveled to Becancour, Quebec with our friend Jose Luis Alvarez for the 1st International Symposium on American Silk (aka milkweed). The symposium was put together by Francois Simard. He’s a textiles engineer who’s developing technologies to use milkweed fibers as a down substitute in winter jackets. Francois is trying to persuade farmers to plant milkweed as a commercial crop in the USA and Canada.
What are the most important things you’re looking for when you buy new furniture? I’m going to guess: style, quality and price. But if you’ve landed on this green blog, you must be looking for sustainability too. So today we’ll share our…
We often have customers visiting our Vermont furniture store when they’re in the early stages of planning a second home in the Green Mountain State. Many are looking for a Vermont interior designer, architect or builder so I try to keep up with Vermont’s home design world. I stop by and visit local firms when I have a chance.