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Please join ULI Young Leaders and USGBC Emerging Green Builders for an event highlighting two novel approaches to sustainability and business. The event will be hosted at New Living, the green building and home store that makes green products accessible to the local community. Joining us will be Mike Barone, Vice President with Green Bank. Mike will discuss the current economic climate, development opportunities, and Green Bank’s journey as a sustainable banking institution, including the LEED Gold Certification of their new headquarters building. Jeff Kaplan, founding chair of ULI Young Leaders Group, and the founder of New Living, will host the event.

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Fearless Critic Houston 2010 front coverJoin our friend Robin Goldstein, along with his council of local food critics, food bloggers, and undercover chefs, for a book release party for the brand-new Fearless Critic Houston Restaurant Guide 2010 at New Living. The 544-page book highlights many independent restaurants that are vital to our local economy. There will be a free wine tasting, vegetarian Indian food from Udipi Café, and an organic tasting by an emerging Houston Chef. Food and drinks are free, and signed books will be available for sale.

Wednesday, September 16th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at New Living.

August 25, B2G Summer Sunrise Networking Event
Grab a cup of coffee and get your day started with the best intentions!
All green enthusiasts are invited to attend this FREE fantastic Business-to-Green Summer Sunrise Networking Series.  Green businesses, hybrid green companies, and professionals looking to connect to the green business community—this is the place to be. Real-time collaboration and pay-it-forward networking are top on the agenda all in a cool atmosphere – New Living’s awesome diggs.
August 25, 2009 – 7 – 8:45 am
COST: Free
EVENT TYPE: Professional Business Network Event
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American Institute of Architects invites you to a tour of New Living August 12th from 5pm to 7pm. There will be presentations by:

Lewis Cauffman (LEED AP) – Trends in Sustainable Coatings, No and Low VOC Coatings that work

Brian Egan – American Clay (earth plaster) demonstration

AJ Smith (LEED AP)- Wagner Sustainable Millworks – Presentation of a locally made, sustainable cabinet line that contributes to LEED points

non toxic, low voc, no voc paintWe are now open on Sunday’s from 11am to 5pm.

We are giving away our “OOPS” (mis-tint) paint to our friends who stop by this Sunday! This is perfectly good non-toxic paint that can be used for small rooms, fixtures, or art projects. If you or a friend needs some no-voc or low-voc paint, stop by and see the colors that we created over the last year by mistake.

Proving “them” wrong that “Green doesn’t cost more”!

“Green” store opens despite sluggish economy

August 3, 2009by: Ed Mayberry

The founder of a new “green” home store says an eco-friendly economy is a key to moving out of the recession. So despite tough economic times, he’s opened a store called “new living” to support green building, restoration and retro-fitting. Ed Mayberry reports.

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Did You Know…

…that Some Building Products May Expose You to the Chemical Banned from Plastic Bottles?

Photo credit: iStockphoto

By Julie Silas, Health Care Projects Director
Healthy Building Network

July 22, 2009

Everyone has heard the news about the health concerns associated with bisphenol A (BPA) leaching from baby bottles, food can liners and perhaps most famously those distinctive polycarbonate plastic water bottles popularized by Nalgene.1 Last May, Chicago became the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of baby bottles and sippy cups made from BPA. Few, however, are aware that BPA is a chemical component of epoxy resins used in a wide range of building materials, typically paints, sealants, adhesives and fillers,2 that may put manufacturing workers, installers, and building occupants at risk. Read more

On July 4th, we will celebrate a new kind of patriotism, adding green to the red, white and blue. We hope you can stop by the store at 6111 Kirby anytime between 11am and 4pm for our community grand opening party! The kid-friendly event will feature spin art activities with non-toxic paints from New Living, an organic, lemonade stand on Kirby, a New Orleans style second line parade, all natural gelato, and a variety of treats from Whole Foods and The Grove. We really hope you can stop by!

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Houston Family Magazinereprinted from Houston Family Magazine, written by Amy Barnett

Jeff Kaplan is a man driven by his passions. That’s why the native Houstonian quit his job two years ago as a commercial retail real estate broker to start his own business. It’s called New Living and Kaplan and a small group of employees are determined to make sure the company lives up to its name. The goal is to inspire customers to start a new way of life by making responsible, healthy, eco-friendly decisions when selecting everyday essentials.  In other words, Kaplan wants New Living to be the general store for Houstonians who are seeking a greener way of life.

Kaplan felt an authentic neighborhood hardware store would be the best place to see the birth of New Living.  In November of 2007, that idea took him to Houston’s legendary Wagner Hardware on Kirby Drive.  The owner, Nancy Wagner Abernathy, who was planning to soon close the family business, allowed New Living to start selling its eco-friendly paints and household cleaners on one aisle.  A year later, New Living took over the entire store.

Jeff Kaplan - New Living Green Building and Home Store“We’re trying to make green living accessible,” says Jennifer Touchet, co-owner of New Living, “and you don’t have to compromise style, we cater to design as well.”   Inside the New Living showroom, builders can find countertops made from 100% recycled glass and concrete, and environmentally sound wood and Bamboo flooring.  And for folks like you and me, who want to create a safer environment in the homes we already have, there are soybean candles, organic cotton blankets and mattresses, and of course, non-toxic household cleaners.  And the labels on those cleaners proudly state, Made by Houstonians. “We wanted to do something to maximize local labor,” says Kaplan, “Part of the green movement is using local resources.” Read more