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Andersen on sustainability

Renovation Done Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s most renowned architects, designed six hotels in his career. Five of which were built and only one remains standing today. The Historic Park Inn Hotel, located in Mason City, IA and built over a hundred years ago, recently sat vacant and deteriorated through years of tenant turnover, building transformations […]

2013 Solar Decathlon

The 2013 Solar Decathlon is underway! The U.S. Department of Energy’s biennial event challenges college teams to design and build an energy-efficient, affordable and attractive home. All this and the team must prove it’s actually livable! Twenty university-led teams are participating in this year’s challenge. One team comes as far away as the Czech Republic! […]

Corporate Sustainability Reporting, Materiality – Report what’s Relevant

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the world’s most widely recognized and respected organization offering sustainability reporting guidelines. The non-profit organization released their updated G4 version in Amsterdam earlier this year. One of the most notable changes in the new version pertains to “materiality”. The previous G3.0 and G3.1 versions required companies to report on […]

Andersen Hosts Forest Stewardship Council Meeting

Last month, Andersen hosted the first ever Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), U.S. Lake States, certificate holders meeting at our Bayport, Minn. facility. Forty FSC® Certified land managers, loggers and timber product-related folks travelled from the five state area to participate. The all-day meeting was chock full of rich presentations and discussions. The session wrapped up […]

Eco-Village Community

A field of bright orange covered Habitat for Humanity’s Eco-Village jobsite in River Falls, Wis. last week. Over 60 Andersen employees volunteered 1,200 hours at this year’s blitz build. Stormy late spring weather spared us as intermittent showers and power outages affected surrounding communities. Swinging hammers, raising walls and building camaraderie over five days made […]

Riding for a Cure

Team Andersen completed another successful weekend-long bike ride to fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS), last week. Nearly a hundred Andersen employees, friends and family members pedaled their bicycles 150 miles over two days partaking in the MS150 fundraiser. Riders covered 75 miles on Saturday beginning in Duluth, Minn. and staying the night in Hinckley. They continued […]

Freshwater Hops!

An evening filled of freshwater hops and live music – benefiting The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – is a tough bill to beat! Summit Brewing Company of St. Paul, Minn., local master of handcrafted micro-brews, donated its Ratskeller Tap Room to host the Conservancy’s first ever Freshwater Hops event. The event was in celebration of the […]

2nd Annual USGBC MN Chapter IMPACT Conference

The Minnesota Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) held its 2nd Annual IMPACT Conference this week in Bloomington, MN. Entitled Building a Better Tomorrow, the event offered educational presentations for architects, builders and others working to improve performance and lessen environmental impacts within the building industry. The event was held at the recently […]

My Place in Nature

The Nature Conservancy recently hosted an amazing evening for guests to reconnect with their own place in nature. The Green Tie Affair celebrates the conservation of our amazing natural world. Incredible images reflected just that as featured speaker and internationally renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg wowed the crowd with environmental wonders beautifully captured in time. Brandenburg […]