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December 2004
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Design Forward Newsletter December 2004
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  • Savings by Design
  • The Time to Give!
  • A Gift from Design Forward
  • Ship Easier This Holiday Season!
  • Feedback

  • Greetings!

    Happy Holidays! Welcome to the December 2004 newsletter from Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

    Quote of the Month: "People deserve to live in gentle, loving environments where aliveness, delight, and joy are the norm. Anything less is an insult to the human spirit." -Dr. Michael Ryce

    Lisa Van Veen

    Savings by Design

    SAVINGS BY DESIGN is a program to encourage high- performance nonresidential building design and construction. Sponsored by four of California's largest utilities under the sponsorship of the California Public Utilities Commission, SAVINGS BY DESIGN offers building owners and their design team a wide range of services:

    • Design Assistance provides information and analysis tailored to the needs of your project to help you design the most efficient building possible.
    • Owner Incentives help offset the costs of energy- efficient buildings.
    • Design Team Incentives reward designers who meet ambitious energy efficiency targets.

    SAVINGS BY DESIGN is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison Company and the Southern California Gas Company.

    Article & Picture Savings By Design

    The Time to Give!

    With Christmas approaching, this time of year is the time for giving. Freecycle is an organization dedicating giving stuff away for free. The worldwide Freecycle Network is nonprofit organization who stated mission is "keeping good stuff out of landfills and helping strengthen local gifting & recycling communities." Do you have a couch or food or a bicycle that you do not need? Instead of throwing away - Freecycle it! There are thousands of people across the world which have stuff they do not need. As they say - Ones man's garbage is another man's treasure.

    Article Lisa Van Veen. Picture Freecycle.

    A Gift from Design Forward

    Design Forward wishes all our readers a very happy holidays.

    For a limited time Design Forward is offering a 10% discount to all our newsletter readers! Visit our store at eBay and start shopping now.

    In order to take advantage of our offer, bid or buy any item on from our eBay store and then contact me with the code XS04. I will send you the correct invoice amount. Please contact Lisa Van Veen if you have any questions. Offer ends on December 24, 2004.

    Ship Easier This Holiday Season!

    Save time this holiday season shipping out your gifts! Print postage directly from your PC with Stamps.com. No need to go to the post office. Just print the labels on regular paper and attach to your box. It is the easiest way to ship this Christmas! One month free trial! Free Postage! Free Digital Scale! Free Supplies! Limited Offer! Click here now.


    Design Forward works toward promoting Sustainable Design. If you know of a project that should be featured, please contact us. Let us know why you think it should be featured and give us a basic intro to the project, the sustainable elements and any websites or contact information.

    If you would like to submit a fun and/or entertaining quote about architecture, building, the environment or such, send it in! If it at all possible, include the author.

    If you have any other feedback concerning this publication, please feel free to send an email or use the form.

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