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Graphic lessons

Greengage (see previous posting) was all very green and surprisingly useful, chaired by Three Trees Don’t Make a Forest .

The Greening your Studio session was aimed at tiny – or solo - graphic design practices; about 35 turned up, and it all applies to architects, too. Check out the Three Trees site for practical tips on sourcing green office supplies, such as Evolve recycled paper and more.

If you’re debating whether to go for ISO 14001 accreditation, the environmental management system, you could learn from the experience of Catherine Barr of BWA, a Haye-on-Wye graphic design practice which lists Marks & Spencer and the Royal Academy amongst its clients. It’s been a four year process intended to conclude in November 2008, she told the audience. The message is always the same: if you work out your impacts and measure what you do, then you can measure improvement year on year.

Shareef’s pitch from Arup was upbeat and user-friendly. She recently collected carbon travel data at a directors’ party to see how everyone traveled to the gathering. 'You cannot manage impacts until you know what they are,' she said. 'You need to know where your biggest hitters are. Then you can benchmark and improve over time.' She advocates keeping it simple so that it’s not onerous.

That’s consistent with the message from Three Trees’ Sarah Thomas: 'A lot of braindumping can be done without a professional, and measuring, too,' she said. That means we should all get busy.

My route home took me through Bedford Square where I came upon the DRL pavilion having a powerwash. The man in the white van told me it was going on auction soon. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look.

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