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“We began placing a major emphasis on sustainable practices several years ago when we merged with another firm that had made real strides in that direction. We like the results and appreciate the positive comments that those practices have elicited from our clients,” said Allen I. Kutchins, co-founder of KRD, which now consists of 45 professionals.
“To continue that thrust, it made sense to tap some outside expertise in the person of Kaye Kharasch of Green Building Connections. Kaye is certified by the Green Business League and used the league’s audit process to evaluate our operations and identify the steps we could take toward improved sustainability,” he said.
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According to Kharasch, KRD already had a number of sustainable practices in place, including a strategy that dramatically reduced the need to print documents and another to promote recycling.
“Our objective is to make businesses aware of the many relatively simple steps they can take to minimize energy use and reduce the waste they generate, while recycling as much of their remaining waste as possible. At the same time, we look at a range of workplace health issues, such as reducing the use of toxins and inhibiting the transmission of contagious illnesses,” said Kharasch.
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According to Kutchins, positioning KRD on a pathway toward maximum sustainability fits comfortably with the firm’s overall business philosophy.
“We want to be perceived by our clients and associates as both a leader and an organization that can be trusted to do the right thing, even if that costs more money and takes extra time,” Kutchins said. “Our commitment to sustainability embodies those values because it requires upfront investment, some extra effort and some increased operating costs, but we are convinced it is the right thing to do for our firm, our community and our planet.”
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