September 2015

Best for NYC: Other Companies

by Don Friedman on September 30, 2015

“Best for NYC: Other Companies”
Today’s Best for NYC Challenge mention goes to Closed Loop Advisors, a consulting firm dedicated entirely to sustainability. Obviously this is a topic near to our hearts and one which we encounter on projects.

Best for NYC: How Did This Idea Get Started?

September 29, 2015

After two weeks of these posts, maybe it’s time to step back and take a look at where the Best for NYC Challenge comes from. In this video, Andrew Kassoy of B Lab describes the connection between the history of B Corporations and the Best for NYC Challenge.

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Best for NYC: Best Practices

September 28, 2015

In today’s Best for NYC Challenge post I want to continue the train of thought from my discussion on government mandates. In short, if something is worth doing, we should do it whether or not we are required to do so. The specific example I have in mind right now is scaffold training. When I started work […]

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Best for NYC: Best Practices

September 25, 2015

In today’s Best for NYC Challenge post, I want to discuss an effect of our company’s size. As I’ve mentioned before we are bigger than it feels to me: we’re bigger than the median company in both the US and New York State and we’re bigger than a lot of our architecture-firm clients, but we’re still […]

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Best for NYC: Other Companies

September 24, 2015

It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that these Best for NYC Challenge blog posts were written in advance to ease the burden of daily posting. Today’s post is an exception, the blogging equivalent of a stop-the-presses special. A local B Corp, Kickstarter, was profiled in the New York Times in a thorough and interesting […]

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Best for NYC: Hearing It Firsthand

September 23, 2015

I mentioned Red Rabbit in a previous Best for NYC Challenge post. Why read my comments when you can hear about them directly?    

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Best for NYC: Best Practices

September 22, 2015

It turns out that I’m not done discussing recycling as part of the Best for NYC Challenge. The furniture in our office consists of a desk and a table for each employee, some extra tables in our conference space, chairs, bookcases, and a couple of feeling cabinets. The desks, tables, and bookcases are all reused steel furniture. […]

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Best for NYC: Other Companies

September 21, 2015

For today’s Best for NYC Challenge post, I’d like to call out Ecobags. Like Red Rabbit, Ecobags does not directly intersect with OSE’s work, but their goal of providing useable and reusable alternates to plastic bags is one we like a lot.

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Best for NYC: Our Core

September 18, 2015

I saved the best for last this week. I want to talk about what Old Structures does and how it relates to the Best for NYC Challenge. We are structural engineers, but we do not have a general practice. For years I have defined our niche in casual conversation as “general structural engineering for buildings […]

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Best for NYC: Best Practices

September 17, 2015

In the context of the Best for NYC Challenge, I mentioned a few days ago the idea of incrementally improving our company rather than making drastic changes. One simple change that we made: we stopped counting sick days. Doing so means that management and employees have to trust one another. We trust that if someone […]

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