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April 18, 2012
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The Talk

By John G. Swanson, Editor/Associate Publisher

With Earth Day coming, I thought I would turn my attention to green. In surfing the internet on the subject, I came across a a small business report on American Express's Open Forum that suggests that consumers are opting for green products less due to the weak economy, but companies continue to move in a greener direction.  The reason companies are embracing green, it suggests, is that green practices are often efficient practices that can save money. 

I wouldn't deny that's happening in our industry, but I would also suggest that green as a topic of discussion–and company and/or product promotion–has faded somewhat.  Energy efficiency certainly remains an important talking point for window and door manufacturers and dealers for sure, but companies don't seem to be devoting as much time to such subjects as LEED or carbon footprints.   

I thought I would use this week's poll to gauge the industry sentiments. And as usual, I'd like to hear from you too.  Email me or post a comment and tell me if your company is working to make itself or its products greener?  If so what, what's motivating your activities?  If green is less a priority, why?  And what areas are you paying more attention to? Is green going away? 

What Will You Do with Your Tax Refund?

Most of our respondents say they're not getting a tax refund, but those who are appear to be a frugal bunch...read more

Is your company working on making itself and its products greener?
Yes, it's a higher priority than it's ever been.
Yes, we've been consistently moving in that direction for several years.
Yes, but green is probably not as high a priority as it once was.
It's never been a real high priority here.
 

 

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