A tight job market, rapid growth in the tech sector, and tight budgets are putting new constraints on schools.
Redding School of the Arts is a net-zero carbon green school that is gaining national recognition and putting focus back on education in California.
James Theimer, Principal Architect at Trilogy Architecture, shared a unique vision with the McConnell Foundation, for a new green school with energy efficient features and intelligent design. The project has since received national recognition by the American Institute of Architects for Design Excellence. Also, with its energy efficient design it has earned LEED® Platinum Certification.
As part of the team that came together to build the school, Varsity worked
Spring is in the air, Earth Day is around the corner and we (the Varsity team) are happily settling into our new office in downtown San Francisco. This seems to be the perfect time to share some more details about creating our new space. We hope to demonstrate that it is a doable process – you don’t have to do everything at once – little by little it is possible to make great improvements. Perhaps we will even spark ideas for some ‘green’ projects for you and your organization
We continue our interview with CEO Patrick Ciccarelli about Varsity’s recent move to a new building, and the efforts involved in creating a sustainable office environment.
1. From a business owner’s perspective, what are the major benefits of a “green office”?
We didn’t create an office as much as a collaborative space where people can feel at home; making it sustainable is really an extension of who we are as individuals and also what we represent as a company. Our people spend a lot
In light of our recent office move, we sat down with CEO Patrick Ciccarelli to discuss some of the key ‘green’ elements and sustainable efforts that went into the construction, planning, and design of Varsity’s new office space.
What are some of the key ‘green’ features of Varsity Technologies’ new office?
Key features include Cradle to Cradle products (items that have been recycled and are recyclable), LED and CFL lighting Energy Starfixtures and appliances, beautiful cork flooring from Duro Design, and an open floor plan allowing natural light to pour in, and
A couple of months ago I was introduced to the book Flash Foresight.
Premise of the book: By taking into account everyday information and basics of probability, it is possible to predict future trends quite accurately.
With this revelation in mind, I decided to do some research and work on a prediction of my own. I’ve been paying close attention to the rate of acceleration of 4G and other progressive network technologies, and believe that it will make low cost Internet services obsolete. (Hey ATT, I’m talking to you.) And I think
Pulse is a newsreader for Android and iPhone that I’ve found indispensable. It’s just too good to pass off as “just another app.” Discovering Pulse resulted in one of those moments when, after the adoption of a new technology for example, you stop and think, “How in the world did I ever survive without you?”
A few reasons why I like this app so much:
It’s simple and sophisticated: You select a blog, anything you want – what I find most useful is the trending and top 10 lists, which aggregates the most
Many of my readers may remember the rotary phone. Oh yes, that beautiful piece of machinery that had heft, clarity of sound, and a comforting click, click, click as you dialed a number. In all those years, how much has changed? Let’s just say…those days are gone. The technology of today is sleek, stylish, and meant to “make life easier.” However, I often get puzzled looks from current and would be clients regarding the voice dilemma: What should we purchase? Which is right for us?
There is plenty of information out
At Varsity, one of the ways that we try to “give back” is through all-company volunteer events. Recently, members of the Varsity team rolled up their sleeves, pulled on tight plastic gloves, and got to work at the San Francisco Food Bank.
It’s quite an impressive operation they have. We learned that they move around 45 million pounds of food per day! About 60% is fresh produce, which is a significant increase from just a few years ago when it was only about 5%. This is a wonderful accomplishment because they are
It starts the same way every time; new technology sparks a whole new innovation for a part of my life that was only partially working. So, with much enthusiasm I purchased an iPad shortly after it was available. My goal was to find a technology solution to use as my work tool for meetings, appointments, and the occasional email. At first all seemed to be going well. I would walk into meetings with my client and whip out my sophisticated tablet. No need to pause – I didn’t need a computer
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