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Congratulations Atlantic Westchester and SunBlue Energy on Achieving Westchester Green Business Certification!

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

logo with cert3 REV 9-23December 17, 2015 – Atlantic Westchester, a commercial and industrial HVAC company, and SunBlue Energy, a home and commercial solar installer, celebrated their Westchester Green Business-Certification in a joint ceremony. Atlantic Westchester and SunBlue Energy collaborated as WGB-Certified members when Atlantic Westchester engaged SunBlue Energy’s services this past summer to install solar panels at its facility to improve its own energy conservation efforts.

“It is very exciting to celebrate the Westchester Green Business-Certification of both Atlantic Westchester and Sun Blue Energy. Their collaboration represents the highest goals of the program that encourages member organizations to work together towards a sustainable future,” said Dani Glaser, Creator and Co-Director of the Westchester Green Business Challenge and Certified program. Continue Reading »

Encourage Handcrafted Yoga, Westchester’s 1st Green Yoga Studio

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

www.encourageyoga.comEncourage Handcrafted Yoga opened its doors in Croton-on-Hudson in mid-October 2013.  Owner Al Bingham has created a simple, warm and rustic space that encourages you to say “ahhhh” when walking through the door. “Our goal is to create an environment that encourages our clients to use their bodies, breath and attention in ways that help them recognize the quiet expanse that already exists within them.  We believe the physical environment that a person practices in plays an important role and can be a source of encouragement.”

To that end, Al chose to work with Dani Glaser of Green Team Spirit to help him realize his vision of a healthy space for people and planet, and to serve as a source of encouragement both inside and outside of the studio. Eco-friendly choices were made during design and construction and continue through daily operations.

  • Demolition:
    • Recycled ceiling tiles and metal grids
    • Reused pipes and studs
  • Construction, Building products & materials:
    • Flooring – Kaindl flooring and laminate foam, GREENGUARD Gold Certified (safe/non-toxic)
    • Paints/primers – no/low VOC (volatile organic compounds)
    • Water fixtures – low flow toilets/sinks
    • Desk – reclaimed barn wood
    • Shoe caddy & chalkboards – reclaimed window frames, screen doors & wood shutters
    • Signage – handmade from recycled barn wood
    • Ottoman/chairs – 100% recycled plastic
    • LED lighting – bathrooms & closets
    • Energy efficient track lighting in studio space
  • Energy Management:
    • Programmable thermostat
    • Industrial downdraft fan to maximize circulation of hot/cool air as needed
    • Practices – natural light or dimmed lights during class
  • Water Management:
    • Drinking water filtration system plugs directly into water supply for cold/hot beverage use
  • Waste & Materials Management:
    • Zero waste facility
    • Ceramic mugs provided for drinking
    • Cloth hand towels in bathrooms
    • Paperless – online check-in and payment
    • Non-toxic cleaning products (Seventh Generation)
    • Non-toxic hand soap
    • Toilet tissue – 100% recycled paper
    • Candles – beeswax/soy, essential oil scented


Encouraging Green Business & Community

  • Encourage Yoga will be hosting Green Drinks Westchester on January 28th (RSVP HERE). The event welcomes the local community to visit the space and enjoy each others company in a relaxed environment. Food and drink are provided by Fino Ristorante next door.
  • Encourage Yoga is participating in the Westchester Green Business Challenge, joining nearly 250 Westchester County businesses on the path to environmental sustainability.


Special offer to try Encourage Yoga

If you would like to learn more about Encourage Yoga, contact Al Bingham at For a limited time, you can take advantage of a great offer: 30 Days of Unlimited Yoga Classes for just $40.

Encourage Yoga reclaimed barn wood desk

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Inspiring girls at the 3rd Annual WWDAY Ladies First in STEM Conference

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

I have had the honor and privilege to speak at this conference for the last two years.  The young women are high school juniors and seniors at Nellie Thornton High School in Mount Vernon NY.

“This annual event allows guests ranging from female doctors to construction workers to engage high school students in meaningful discussions regarding women and careers in the growing fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.”

I always walk away deeply inspired by the stories of my fellow speakers and from the students.  After the presentations, we sit down and have lunch with the girls and get a chance to speak to them one on one.

Press coverage:

Green Team Spirit helps North Castle start a muncipal green team

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Simple but brilliant #lose the disposables

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“The Green Team Spirit”

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
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The Green Team Spirit


Watching oneself drop a stack of incorrectly printed documents in the recycling bin without using the blank side for something else, hopefully at least, gives you pause. But who has time? Especially, when others in the office may not even give it a second thought. Why bother reinserting the clear side into the printer when your own uses require scrap. On the other hand, maybe those others, with a little concerted allegiance, would take the time – especially when the chances for sustainability and savings are distinctly possible and made available. That’s where Dani Glaser of Green Team Spirit has come in for a number of businesses and municipalities across the county. Continue Reading »

Green Meetings

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Meetings are an essential part of each organization’s operations. On any given day, we discuss our work with coworkers, clients, board members and stakeholders. However, are these meetings really efficient? When we think about efficiency in meetings, we often think about time and content, but what about the resources we use to run them? Here are a few tips on how to run better meetings with fewer resources and ultimately make your meetings “green”.


Paper reduction:

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And the winner of the Green Team Spirit Gives Back Contest is….

Monday, October 15th, 2012
A hearty congratulations to the YWCA-Yonkers for winning the Green Team Spirit Gives Back Contest! Executive Director, Yejide Okunribido’s essay explains the organization’s commitment to “green” and the perceived barriers.  We are so excited to work with them to make green happen AFFORDABLY, and in keeping with their mission, empower women in the process.
Grand Prize – a $2,500 package of Green Team Spirit consulting services and products including: Continue Reading »

Which non-profit will win a Green Team Spirit Green-Makeover?

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

We are delighted to have four amazing non-profit organizations participating in the Green Team Spirit Gives Back Contest! They are: Habitat for Humanity-Westchester, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Sisters of the Divine Compassion and the YWCA of Yonkers. Continue Reading »

Green Team Spirit Gives Back

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Green Team Spirit Gives BackWe are excited to announce the Green Team Spirit Gives Back Contest where a winning non-profit organization in the Westchester County, NY area will receive the tools and support they need to move down the path to environmental sustainability. Valued at $2,500, the prize package includes a big kick-off event where the winner’s staff and supporters can have a hands-on experience with the green makeover. All participants will receive gifts from our sponsor, ECOBAGS®.

Green Team Spirit is also awarding two non-profits with second prizes from our newly released Toolkit – The Energy & Water Module/Tool set + 2 hours of consulting, a $650 value. Continue Reading »