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painting with yolo paint

Given the current economic crisis we all need to be resourceful. We are asking for our friends and customers to help us get open. We will be painting our store this weekend (2/14 and 2/15) and if you are in the area, we would love for you to stop by and help out. We will start at 10:00am on Saturday and Sunday. If you can be there on either of those days,  lunch is on us, we will give you some store credit, and of course, we will be using our non-toxic paint. Lets have fun with this!

If you are familiar at all with the store and the wonderful people who work inside, you may have noticed a new addition to the team. That new addition would be me, Megan McPherson, and I have been serving as New Living’s merchandising intern for about a month now. The staff at New Living has taken on the task of not only starting a new business but also teaching someone completely foreign to their business all of the ropes… what a load! In the coming months I will be helping New Living maintain and display their store merchandise while also assisting in the big move into our newly finished and fabulous store!

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Rendering of Mirabeau B. Condos, 2410 Waugh Dr., Hyde Park, Montrose, Houston

On the corner of Waugh and Hyde Park in Houston, Texas, Joey Ramano of Harvest Moon Development has adapted a 20-foot shipping container into a sustainable “green” design for the offices of Mirabeau B. Condominiums. Powered by the solar panels, their last energy bill was NEGATIVE $193.

Their proposed 14 unit condo development boasts an array of sustainable design components from green screens and roofs to energy efficient HVAC systems and a water retention system. The developers are aiming for LEED-Silver rating.

New Living provided the bamboo floors and non-toxic paint for the shipping container.

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Learn more about the development, Mirabeau B.

In a recent article in the Chronicle it was reported that of the nearly 1,000 LEED professionals in Houston, and estimated 10 percent are commercial real estate brokers, and that number will double in the next five years.

“LEED AP,” the professional designation synonymous with the green building industry, is most often found on business cards of architects, engineers and construction professionals.

The label stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. The designation is granted by the U.S. Green Building Council, which has a related program where buildings earn LEED certification for energy efficiency.

But commercial real estate brokers are now adding the initials to their signatures, too, in hopes of standing out in a competitive industry hard hit by the national recession.

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american-clayThis Wednesday, New Living Green Home and Supply Co. will be offering a free class for American Clay. This is a wonderful product that you can apply to your walls in place of paint or plaster. It’s great for Houston’s climate, mildew and mold resistant, and a fun product to play around with. It also absorbs odor, sound, and moisture, and repels dust. Being that New Living is about a month away from our official opening, we will be putting you to work! The class and demo will take place as we are installing American Clay on our own walls. Space is limited so please email getgreen@newliving.net if you are interested. We will start at 9:00am and go until the end of the business day. You can join for any part, but we would recommend staying for at least a few hours to get the most out of it. Hope to see you Wednesday!

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New Living was featured on today’s airing of Great Day Houston. Jennifer and I spent 12 minutes speaking with Deborah Duncan about how our products help to create healthier, cleaner, safer homes. We presented some of our green cleaning products, paint, and organic bedding to help you go green at home. To be showcased on the show is just another reminder that Houston cares about its well-being and its impact on our planet. We gave each audience member a sample of our home made laundry detergent, and let Deborah relax on one of our organic mattresses.  Deborah did a wonderful job of capturing what New Living is all about.  She is even planning to come by the store to get some non-toxic paint for her home!

Our new website went live today! We designed the site to make it easy to purchase our products, learn about New Living, and stay on top of what’s happening in our store. We’re still working on the web store, but we hope you find our new site enjoyable and informative.

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New Living offers a shared work space for eco-entrepreneurs and provides them with access to a network of other green entrepreneurs to share ideas, resources and grow their businesses together.

Each desk will cost $450 a month. Ideal green coworkers are architects, interior designers, contractors, green marketers and anyone involved in the green movement.

Please email us or stop by the store to learn more.

Visit our Coworking page to learn more.

New Living is always looking for people passionate about the green building movement to help with all positions including interns, a bookkeeper/assistant, retail salespeople and upper level management.

Our mission at New Living is to help our customers make responsible, healthy, eco-friendly decisions when selecting everyday home essentials. Our products help create cleaner homes, healthier neighborhoods, and greener communities.

Email us at getgreen@newliving.net

Ideal candidates have:
• a strong passion for the green movement and making the world a better place, starting at home
• efficient with computer programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel, and possibly quickbooks and POS systems
• retail experience and ideally some construction/interior experience
• the ability to learn, retain, and apply information
• the ability to engage in active communication
• the desire to be an integral part of a high growth business
A retail background is a plus. A passion for green, healthy living is a must. We look forward to hearing from you.

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New Living is pleased to announce that Green Lily Events has signed up for a desk! Green Lily Events is a boutique event management and planning firm that styles events such as weddings, social events, corporate events, and any other celebration of life. Since all events have an effect on the environment, they have chosen to create events that are lighter in footprint by using resources that are sustainable, yet stylish. All of their events include recycling, floral decor donations, and food repurposing (when possible).

Their website is www.greenlilyevents.com and their blog can be found at www.greenlilyevents.blogspot.com.

Find out more about New Living Coworking.

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