Going Green at Sunlighten

If you’re going to talk the talk, you should walk the walk, right? Sunlighten takes health and wellness seriously – and that includes implementing eco-friendly, healthy business practices in the day-to-day operation of the company. Owners Aaron and Connie Zack definitely walk the walk.

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The Zacks see the long-term benefits of making healthy options available to their associates, starting with the very building they work in. Sunlighten’s offices are located in a renovated newspaper building. Originally built back in the 1970s, the building was gutted and transformed into Sunlighten’s headquarters just a few years ago.

While renovating, the Zacks paid special attention to energy conservation and environmentally sound building choices. The company hopes to embark soon on the process to certify the facility as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building. LEED addresses whole-building cleaning and maintenance issues (including chemical use), recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs, and systems upgrades.

A “Green Team” of Sunlighten associates looks for ways to reduce energy expenditures, minimize waste and maximize efficiency. Sunlighten has an active recycling program, motion lights and a white rooftop to keep air conditioning costs down in the summer months. Our executive chef Leah Licausi even saves vitamin-rich vegetable skins and scraps to create highly nutritious soups for all the staff to enjoy!

Sunlighten’s “green” efforts aren’t confined to the office. Sunlighten mPulse infrared saunas use sustainably harvested wood, built with tongue and groove construction, without toxic glues. The saunas are made of FSC-certified cedar, teak or basswood. (The basswood option is a great choice for those who are sensitive to cedar.) And they are energy efficient – adding only cents per month to a customer’s electric bill.

What does YOUR office do to help the environment? Share with us in the comments below!

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