DC Architectural Firm Contributes to Our Cultural Community
Washington, DC – September 20, 2010 — Could the current economic climate threaten our usually thriving arts community in the DC area? Our area is so rich in cultural resources but when times get financially tough they tend to lose the funding so desperately needed to foster a diverse cultural community.
The recent relocation of Perkins+Will, an Architectural firm in DC, left the company with a surplus of furniture and equipment. In an effort to be responsible with their resources, Perkins+Will joined up with Etreev and sold or donated 100% of their items. A majority of the materials went to local arts programs, The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, and The Lorton Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton. Together, these art centers house over 300 area artists and offer educational courses in hopes to provide a diversity of artistic expression and experience.
“Art is an important facet of our culture. When the economy goes south, the arts often suffer the first cuts. I am pleased Perkins+Will was able to contribute to the needs of our local arts community,” said Gregory Korthase, President of Etreev. Perkins+Will also donated items to Habitat for Humanity Potomac, and Treasures for Life, an area thrift shop that supports local charities including the Brain Foundation and Life Line, Inc.
According to Mr. Korthase, over 21 tons of the material was diverted from the landfill and over 53 metric tons of greenhouse gases were eliminated. Every American produces an average of 4.5 pounds of waste a day. This collaboration allowed Perkins Will to reduce the equivalent of waste produced by 9,527 people in one day.
Etreev is a local sustainability consulting firm committed to saving customers money, time, energy and helping the environment by making reuse easy. Visit www.etreev.com
If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview, please contact Gregory Korthase (571-229-5312) or email: [email protected]