Blog : Site Structure Landscape's Green Story

By Clay | Jul 15, 2014 | in

Every Green Alliance business undergoes a Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show everyone what each business has accomplished and what they are still working to accomplish when it comes to green business practices. The final part of the evaluation is the Green Story. Check out Site Structure Landscape’s Green Story Below.

Site Structures Landscape, Inc. Bringing “Green” Back to Landscaping

Site Structures Landscape, Inc. offers customers a winning combination of innovative lawn care, honest work, and green alternatives in an industry known for harmful use of pesticides and chemicals. Owner Charlie Bourdages launched the Eliot, ME company in 1996. Since then, he and his team have found a myriad of ways to incorporate sustainability into their landscaping (lawns, gardens, etc.) and hardscaping (stone, pavement, and brick) practices. New clients meet with project managers Ben Woods and Curt Rose to discuss their "green” options. According to Nicole Tracy, the office manager of Site Structures, their commitment to sustainability came about naturally. “It’s simple; we live here,” she explains. “We want to be responsible members of our community. By treating our planet well, we’re helping both the environment and the people in the communities we serve. It’s the backbone of what we do.”

Site Structures has found many creative ways to make their business practices more sustainable. They are huge proponents of chemical free lawn care, and promote their environmentally friendly services in their pamphlets and monthly email blasts. Site Structures is also a member of Seacoast Buy Local. Whenever possible, they source their building and lawn care materials locally, supporting our New England economies and decreasing their carbon footprint. They also purchase their business cards and uniforms from local vendors.

At their home base in Eliot, Site Structures has made special efforts to go green. Recycling is complete and thorough, and the Site Structures team is diligent with their water conservation efforts. Much of their office furniture has been reused, and some of the desks are repurposed doors. Their CFL lights and efficient heating systems are on timers, which aid in energy conservation. Printing is minimal in the Site Structures office, but when they do print, they use their Energy Star printers and copiers.

Plants, mulch, and people are transported by Site Structures nearly every day. To lessen their impact on the environment, Site Structures uses a fleet of trucks that run on b5 BioDiesel. Charlie also drives a Prius around to work sites. Carpooling is a part of life at Site Structures; the team tries to use as little fuel as possible to do their work.

The Site Structures team is also very involved in the community. As a business, Site Structures works with the Cross Roads House, Jon G Lovering Health Center, the Rotary Club, and more. On a personal level, the Site Structures team still gives back. For example, Charlie is an avid biker involved in NorEast Cycling, the Portsmouth Criterium, and Seacoast Velo.

GREEN DREAMS

Every year, Charlie participates in the Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Kentucky to learn about new developments in the eco-friendly lawn care industry. Site Structures is committed to offering the best sustainable lawn care options in the business. They are aggressive in their efforts to learn about new developments, and Charlie is excited to incorporate new ideas and technologies into their business. Site Structures is looking forward to incorporating more green business initiatives in their office, like sustainable printing. The team is also actively looking for more ways to give back to their community.

To read Site Structure Landscape's full Sustainability Certification that includes an Evaluation, Report Card and Green Story click here!