If you haven’t heard about B Corp, it is time for an introduction. I will be brief as we have a future blog in the works from our CEO Patrick Ciccarelli, with more on B Corporations (or Benefit Corporations), and specifically why Varsity decided to join this growing community of “better businesses.”
What does it mean to be a B Corp? For starters, it is a certification that holds one’s business accountable for meeting an ambitious and rigorous set of social and environmental standards, which are designed to create a community
Several times a year all the folks at Varsity come together to work on a volunteer project. Thanks to our favorite Culture Maven, Eliza, we had the fortunate opportunity to spend some time working on greening San Francisco.
Left to Right: Ellie and Jason
Last Thursday morning we had a great time volunteering with Friends of the Urban Forest, known as FUF. They were really appreciative that we were out there helping (even in the rain!). The neighbors also came out to thank us for volunteering, while curious
by Jennifer Harper, Director of Development and Marketing at Alternative Family Services
Jonny Gomes during foster youth field visit
Nothing says summer quite like BBQ, Baseball, music, and family fun in the sun. On July 7th folks at Varsity Technologies joined AFS, along with BBQ lovers, baseball fans and members of the community wanting to support a wonderful cause, for the Bay Area BBQ Championship at the Oakland Coliseum. The event, hosted by Alternative Family Services (AFS) and the Oakland Athletics, is one of the largest Pro/Am cook-offs in California to benefit
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