Friday, March 19, 2010

Go Me and Green!!!

We are so excited that Me and Green has earned its first award finalist title! Our book is a finalist in ForeWord Magazine's 2009 Book of the Year Awards in the category of Juvenile Non-Fiction. The awards are designed to discover distinctive books from independent publishers across of variety of genres The finalists, representing 360 publishers, were selected from 1,400 entries in 60 categories and are examples of independent publishing at its best!

As many of you already know, Me and Green was written by Therese Tappouni of the ISIS Institute, Mary Tappouni of Breaking Ground Contracting and, yours truly, Catherine Burkee. The focus of the book is designed to help children and their families understand their connection to our home, Earth, and how our choices impact this beautiful planet.

The winners of the 2009 Book of the Year Awards will be announced at a special program at BookExpo America in New York City on May 25th. Here is a link to ForeWord Magazine's site for additional information:
http://www.bookoftheyearawards.com/

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Are We a Contractor or Educator?

The answer is....both! As Director of Education for Breaking Ground Education Services, a division of Breaking Ground Contracting, people often remark about how unconventional it is that a construction company also promotes education. Each time I hear these remarks, it becomes even MORE clear to me just how much sense it makes that a successful construction company like Breaking Ground Contracting blaze the trail of education in green, sustainable and LEED* building and workplace safety. After all, buildings use the greatest amount of energy...WAY more than our vehicles. So, it stands to reason that we do our part to enlighten the industry to environmentally sound ways of doing business. We don't just believe it, we live it! The foresight of President, Mary Tappouni, began many years ago with her passion for building, nature and the environment. Her vision drives her company, and those of us who have the privilege of working for Breaking Ground Contracting have been infected by her passion for green building and the desire to couple sound building practices with environmental responsibility. It is our mission to educate other contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, developers and anyone else who wants to listen and learn, about the ways we can all do our part in building green for the future...the future of our industry, our children and our world.