Green has always been Bill Demmer’s favorite color. The unabashed Michigan State University sports supporter—he’s a 1970 graduate of MSU with a BS in mechanical engineering—is thinking green even more than usual these days.
Going green doesn’t necessarily mean a complete overhaul of one’s lifestyle. It can start with small efforts that become routine. Much like anything in life, it takes subtle changes, conscious decisions and repeat actions to become a new norm. One such change is how one shops and where. With more environmental awareness as well as financial responsibility, consignment shopping is becoming not only green, but trendy.
In the mid-1990s, an internationally recognized third-party green building certification system known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) was developed using strategies meant to improve performance in green metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction and improved indoor environmental quality.
Mid-Michigan businessman George Snyder has faith in the state’s new governor. “Business owners have been hesitant about expanding because of all the uncertainty,” says Snyder, co-owner of DBI Office Interiors of Lansing and Jackson.
Pick up breakfast at the drive-through. Midmorning coffee break. A bowl of soup from the cafeteria for lunch. The afternoon smoothie pick-me-up. Takeout Chinese for dinner. It’s all Dart, all day.