Recently, BDI Project Manager Misti Humphries completed an intensive course in sustainability and received certification as an Accredited Professional. The course is an ?industry first? developed in conjunction with the Sustainable Furnishings Council and approved by ranking staff of Rainforest Alliance, World Wildlife Fund and one of the co-founders of USGBC/LEED. The program was written by a LEED Accredited Professional and is designed to pick up where LEED leaves off, focusing specifically on the home furnishing industry.

The coursework provided a ton of detailed information on the environmental issues affecting choices in the furniture industry and the wide range of product options, most of which don’t cost any more than ordinary ones. It’s simply a matter of knowing the right places to look and the right questions to ask. Humphries commented, ?I had no idea how important all of this is, and I look forward to being able to share what I have learned!”

BDI plans to host a one-hour class, “Sustainability Essentials”, to provide a brief overview of the longer certification course and to encourage those employed in the local furniture industry to ?Go Green?. More information on this initiative will be available soon.

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Burke Development Incorporated, BDI, is a nonprofit 501c3 organization supported by private and public funding that is charged with accelerating economic growth in Burke County. BDI works with industry leaders, site selection consultants, existing businesses, government agencies and other entities to promote growth, innovation and sustainability in Burke County. For more information about BDI visit www.BurkeDevInc.com.