Earth Day 2010:
Follow JARC lead
arth Day marks its 40th
anniversary on April 22
this year,and businesses
are finding ways to become greener
as more consumers seek to buy or
work with companies that support
Nonprofit organizations also are
learning the same lesson as people
like to support organizations not
only for their charitable mission, but
also because they are carrying out
environmentally sound practices.
JARC, a 40-year-old nonprofit
based in Farmington Hills, is a
national leader in serving people
with developmental disabilities and
their families in a variety of ways,
including those that help sustain
For example, last November six
women moved into a barrier-free
green home designed by JARC from
the ground up.
"The Nusbaum Home was
designed to be equally functional
and aesthetically pleasing for anyone
who lives there said JARC CEO
Richard Loewenstein. "We believe
this home is one of the first bar-
rier-free green homes in the United
States. Our design goals were to cre-
ate a functional, efficient and fully
accessible group home, to employ as
many green construction principles
as possible within budget con-
straints, and to provide the ability
to incorporate the future addition of
solar and wind technologies."
JARC has made a conscious
choice to make all future renova-
tions to its other homes as sustain-
able as possible.
"While sustainable renovations
may be more expensive initially, they
will lessen our energy, fuel and water
consumption and waste, saving JARC
dollars in the long run by decreasing,
in some cases dramatically, our utility
bills," Loewenstein said.
An active green committee made
up of staff members reviews cur-
rent practices and institutes energy
and resource-saving measures in
group homes and the administra-
And each spring, JARC involves
the community and invites people
to plant flowers at each JARC home.
"By implementing green initia-
tives, JARC helps to erase barriers
and enrich the lives of those it
touches," Loewenstein said. Li
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