April 2014  
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Warmer days have arrived here in Ithaca, along with the hopeful sounds of the spring peepers near my home at EcoVillage Ithaca. We're well into April, sometimes known as Earth Month.

A few observations about our home planet...

"Astronomers have recently discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.  The planet is 500 light years away. " -- NASA

"500 lights years is a really really long way away" -- Us

"A majority of the world's biologists now believe that if current trends continue, half of all species of plants and animals living today will be extinct by mid-century. The general public, however, is almost entirely unaware of this crisis." -- Species Alliance

"We must abandon arrogance and stand in awe. We must recover the sense of the majesty of creation, and the ability to be worshipful in its presence. For I do not doubt that it is only on the condition of humility and reverence before the world that our species will be able to remain in it." -- Wendell Berry
Help People Find Us!
 
Old school word-of-mouth is a big part of what brings new customers through our front door, and we're super-grateful that it is working so well. To continue to thrive, it will also be increasingly important to have great visibility online, and this is where you can help. The more reviews our customers post on 3rd party sites like Yelp and Google, the more credibility we'll have with these influential giants of the web. So, if you've bought a mattress or sofa or pillow from us, or just enjoy browsing our wares, please take a moment to write a review on our Yelp Page or Google Plus Page or your favorite online source of reviews. Thanks!

 

Earth Day at HGH

We endeavor year-round to offer items that make it easier to live a bit more lightly on our planet.

Come visit us on Earth Day (Tuesday April 22) and celebrate with 10% off all products (excluding mattresses, furniture and sale items). Phone orders on Earth Day are also eligible.

In addition, while supplies last, choose a free special edition ChicoBag or a free book (Love Letter to the Earth or The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible) - first come, first served. No purchase necessary! Offer begins on Earth Day.
New Product: LED Desk Lamps
 
We're now carrying the design-award-winning Z-Bar Mini Desk Lamp. Its stylish linear light bar can be aimed in any direction, and is dimmable with a finger touch on the bar. The LEDs are more energy-efficient than compact fluorescents, contain no mercury, emit very little heat, and are available in warm or cool color temperatures. Last but not least, they are rated to last 50,000 hours (24 years at 40 hours/week). These are high-quality, sturdily constructed lamps that are multiple steps above what you typically find in an office supply store.

 

HGH is Hiring!

We're looking for a friendly, eco-enthusiastic part-time sales associate who can double as a delivery helper (able to carry half a king-size mattress). Saturday and Sunday shifts (of 4-5 hours) are our greatest current need. Associate would start with approximately 12-16 hours per week with potential for more hours going forward if desired. HGH is a certified Tompkins County Living Wage Employer. Please drop off a resume to the store. Pass the word along!

 

Streets Alive! Ithaca 2014
 
The next STREETS ALIVE! ITHACA will be held on Sunday, May 4th 2014 from 1-5pm on North Cayuga Street and Court Street in Ithaca, NY. Streets Alive! Ithaca is a nonprofit, biannual celebration of a street closed to cars and open to people. The main focus of the event is enjoying a street open for people to bike, walk, roll and move. It's an invitation to be active and to explore alternative ways of moving around in the city.

Home Green Home is cooking up a top-secret, super-fun sporty street activity for this years event...

Thanks for reading and see you soon. Happy Earth Month!
 
-- Joe & HGH Staff