Blog : Green Collar Careers: Colonial Stoneworks Owner, Adam Bennett

By Ken | Mar 9, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

At just 30 years-old, Colonial Stoneworks owner, Adam Bennett, has established himself as an experienced, skilled stoneworker, creating works of beauty with nature through what he refers to as “green hardscape.”

Bennett's company utilizes natural stone, an inherently greener product than energy-intensive concrete, for their hardscape projects. Not only does natural stone look nicer than concrete, but the stone doesn't degrade like concrete allowing for a beautiful hardscape that will remain for years.

Bennett tries to obtain as much of the materials used through local sourcing as possible. The granite used by the stone-working company is sourced from the former Milford, New Hampshire quarry and Bennett puts an emphasis on finding and using reclaimed materials, sourcing from new subdivisions and property owners, instead of allowing discarded materials to go to waste. Bennett will also obtain stone directly from customers property, if desired, for a greener option.

Bennett treats each job as a unique project; listening to the customers' desires for the project and offering design consultation and assistance. More than just doing his job, Bennett also takes time to educate customers on the sustainability of natural stone and the sustainable benefits of utilizing locally-sourced stone.

Creating beauty through nature isn't the only way that Colonial Stoneworks is a green and sustainable business. On the job-site, Colonial Stoneworks has a “no-idling” policy for their bio-diesel trucks and equipment. They have also installed a 500-gallon storage tank for their bio-diesel supply to reduce the amount of trips to the pump. The company also uses paperless billing and invoicing to reduce waste.

Ken Johnson (KJ): What do you like most about your job?
Adam Bennett (AB): I like that I get the ability to create something from nothing, essentially turning a pile of rocks into a nice creation. And the satisfaction that you get from construction; of being able to say that you put your time and energy into a project and at the end, it's there.

KJ: Where did you go to college? Does your college education help with your current job? What skills from college most prepared you for the work you do now?
AB: I went to New Hampshire Community Tech in Manchester. My education helps with my current job, I went there to learn automotive and in my line of work I have to fix stuff all the time, so it definitely helps.

KJ: What do you look for in an employee in this field?
AB: I look for someone who's patient, cares about their job, and cares that they serve a purpose. They have to appreciate a hard day's work. I try to avoid people who just want to collect a paycheck and don't care about their work.

KJ: What made you integrate sustainability into your business/go into a green industry?
AB: Basically, I work with recycled materials all the time, which is essentially my citizen hat business. The customer base I have tends to appreciate the type of work that we do. They are a bit more conservative and environmentally minded, so it is a good avenue to focus on.

KJ: What are you most proud of in your business as relates to sustainability?
AB: The majority of materials used today are instant gratification. The contractor, the customer, everybody's focused on instant gratification, get it done quick. Manufactured materials are easy to assemble, easy to teach people how to assemble, and you can make something from them really quick. I use recycled materials. The energy has already been expended to create the materials, like granite quarry tailings or curbing. Since the energy has already been expended, why not use them again. It takes extra time, extra effort, thought and vision – but that's what I like about doing what I do and the end result is more unique.

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