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  • 1. Green and Orderly Presented by Eileen Koff, CPO To The Next Level Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 2. Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children. ~ Kenyan Proverb I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. ~ Helen Keller You must become the change you seek in the world.~ Mahatma Gandhi Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 3. Why I am here! 25 Years Strong Boston Reno Orlando Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 4. The Big Why Un/Conscious Consumption Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 5. New Definitions of “Organizing” Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 6. NAPO’s “Green”SIG 6 Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 7. Top Trends for 2010 Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 8. Organizers: Past and Present PAST PRESENT Professional Organizing during We are at a crossroad. the 80s & 90s Obstacle Illusions in creating a Global uncertainty about the Green Professional Organizing economic horizon. Society business. seeking control over political Green may compound anxiety. and social environments. In 2001 Professional Organizing Green costs more and will alter industry is propelled by a lifestyle. saturating media. “Waste NOT” Organizers are overwhelmed. Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 9. If I want to become an eco-organizer... Bloggers Green Expos Certifications 9 Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 10. Reduce, Re-use & Recycle Comparing a traditional Professional Organizer to an Eco-Organizer Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 11. Reduce Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 12. Re-use Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 13. Recycle Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 14. My Personal Quest  Training modules  Certification- BCPO credits  Integrity  Research  Support  Marketing  Product evaluations Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 15. Becoming an Eco-Organizer: Questions to ask clients Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 16. Basic Assessment Questions  What’s the goal? Saving money, What areas are the client healthier lifestyle? interested in?  What “Green” improvements  Energy conservation has the client already made?  Energy Efficient Lighting  Are they on an opt-out junk mail list?  Water Conservation  Do they recycle?  Toxic Free Living  Do they understand the plastic  Recycling recycling numbers? Avoid BPA in #3 and #7  Emergency Preparedness Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 17. Chemical and Toxin Assessment Questions  What is the goal?  Body Products - what brands?  What have you already done?  Kitchen  What types of cleaning  Yard and garden products are in the home?  Garage  Do you use non-green cleaners? Why?  Children’s toys  What is the concern using  Children's allergies or chemical green cleaners? sensitivities?  Do you flush medicines down the toilet? Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 18. Energy and Water Conservation Questions Energy Water  How old are the major kitchen  Do you have low-flow shower appliances? heads in your showers?  How old is the HVAC system?  Do you have low-flow toilets, or do you have a water displacer  What temperature is your in your toilets? thermostat set at winter/ summer?  Do you turn off the water when you brush your teeth, wash  Do you own a programmable face, shave? thermostat?  When running the dishwasher,  Have you ever had your ducts is it full? cleaned and sealed?  Do you wash the car at home or at a service center? Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 19. Becoming an Eco-Organizer: Green Products Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 20. Green Products Questions to ask  Is this product needed?  Does the manufacturer practice sound and fair-trade policies?  At end-life, can it be recycled, composted, reused or donated?  Where was it made? How did it get here? Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 21. Green Products Questions to ask continued  Is this product well made...will it last?  Are components of the product made from recycled or post-consumer materials?  Consider the is plastic or made from a recyclable material?  Is it easily maintained in cost of time and energy? The Container Store offers an Eco-Friendly Organization Product line that can be found at These are products that fall into one or more of four categories: repurposed, recycled, sustainable, or biodegradable. According to the Container Store, all eco-friendly products are also judged on their durability, knowing that a lasting product will generate less waste in the long-term. Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 22. These are a few of my favorite things....... Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 23. Conducting an Eco-Organizing session Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 24. Eco-Makeover Introduction Slow and steady Small steps Goals and Objectives 24 Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 25. Determine Cost and Savings Component. Thursday, April 29, 2010
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  • 30. What’s next? Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 31. Eco-living Resources Websites to find sustainable products: Recommended “Green” Books: Hot, Flat & Crowded ~Thomas Friedman Affuenza ~John Graaf Better Basics for the Home: Simple solutions for less Toxic Living ~Annie Bertholdbond Green, Greener, Greenest, ~Lori Bongiorno Ecological Intelligence, ~Daniel Goleman The Lorax ~Dr. Seuss Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 32. Resources for Eco-Organizers ~ training program ~ Report by Claire Josefine Simple and Sustainable ~ Yahoo group The story of stuff Join the Green “SIG” group through NAPO Green Festivals – “Green America” San Francisco “Green” Conference CD Eco-style your client's life “Garbage Land and the secret trail of ~ KJ McCorry NAPO 2008 trash” conference by Elizabeth Royte Visionaries for Change ~ Peter Walsh NAPO 2008 Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 33. “People don’t care how much you know, People care how MUCH you care.” ~Eileen Koff 33 Thursday, April 29, 2010
  • 34. “Green is going from boutique to better, from a choice to a necessity, from a fad to a strategy to win, from an insoluble problem to a great opportunity.“ Thomas Friedman, Hot, Flat and Crowded Thursday, April 29, 2010