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This holiday shopping season, show your support for independent businesses by shopping local. And what better way to spend your Black Friday dollars than strolling through the charming streets of Old Town Alexandria!
(Editor’s Note: Today, we’re joined by JK Moving Services with tips on sustainable moving practices.)
For today’s consumer, sustainable practices are part of their everyday lives, even in the home buying process. EYA has answered the call, providing eco-friendly options and materials for its new homes.
After you’ve selected your new EYA home, all the finishes, and eagerly anticipate your closing date, another thought springs to mind – the actual move into your new home. You may wonder, is there such a thing as a “green” mover?
Absolutely, there is! Here are four questions you can ask your potential mover during the in-home estimate, as you prepare for your upcoming move.
1. Do you have recycling and reuse programs?
These programs can run the gamut. What you want to know is that the mover has a plan for keeping waste out of the landfill. For example, some movers offer free, “gently-used” packing boxes to their customers as a way to re-use materials. Also, your mover may offer pick-up services for your boxes, to ensure they are properly recycled or re-used.
2. How are your trucks maintained?
Trucks are an inherent part of moving, and your moving company can help lessen the trucks’ impact on the environment. Just like a passenger car, a higher miles per gallon (MPG) for trucks means less fuel consumption overall. To improve MPG, a rigorous maintenance schedule for the truck fleet can ensure optimal fuel consumption. Other sustainable practices can include recycling vehicle batteries and anti-freeze, upgraded power units (on tractor trailers) with environmentally-friendly generators to reduce idling, and use of ultra-low sulfur diesel to reduce vehicle emissions.
Proper maintenance of JK’s fleet improves reliability and reduces overall fuel consumption.
3. How “green” are the packing materials?
These days, movers’ cardboard boxes should be composed of about 30% recycled material. Too much recycled material in moving boxes, and they would not be sturdy enough to protect your belongings. Another area where recycled materials come into play is moving blankets or pads, which are used to protect your furniture. These can also be produced with recycled fabrics.
4. Does the company employ sustainable practices in its overall operations?
Just like any business, you should expect the mover’s corporate office to integrate sustainable practices in its operations. For example, motion-sensors may be used for lighting in the offices or warehouse to reduce energy waste. Or the company may have moved to paperless driver logs and payroll for its employees to lessen the amount of paper that is consumed.
At JK Moving Services, we track our green efforts each year, publishing a report of what materials we kept out of the landfill. This year, we even published an infographic on what was accomplished! You can check that out here.
As you prepare to move into your new home, we hope you’ll ask your mover about their sustainable business practices. Even small steps add up to a significant, positive impact on our environment.
What’s more, EYA homebuyers receive $10 off per hour for local moves and 10% off the purchase of new packing materials with JK Moving Services. Simply mention that you are an EYA homeowner when you received your free, in-home estimate.
JK Moving Services has provided local, long distance, and international moving services for residential and commercial customers for more than 30 years. Visit their blog, This End UP, for more tips and resources about creating a worry-free move.
Guest Post from the EYA Foundation:
This year, give thanks by giving back. Many local organizations are seeking volunteers to assist with Thanksgiving meal deliveries, holiday events and fundraising efforts. Here are just a few of the many volunteer and donation opportunities available this holiday season.
Food & Friends
Food & Friends helps people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-changing illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries. Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities include helping with logistics and holiday meal delivery. Clients will receive a complete turkey dinner for four and Thanksgiving Day delivery shifts begin at 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM and 12:00PM. Also, if you are looking for a pie that will “warm your heart,” Food & Friends is selling Thanksgiving pies with the proceeds benefiting those in need. Pie flavors include Spiced Pumpkin, Homemade Apple, Oh So Sweet Potato and Nutty Pecan.
The Salvation Army Feast of Sharing
The Salvation Army is currently seeking volunteers the week of Thanksgiving to help with their 2013 Feast of Sharing event. Volunteers will help prepare and serve a festive Thanksgiving meal to 4,000 DC residents on November 27th. The Salvation Army is currently seeking local chefs to help prepare meals and volunteers to help with event set-up, meal serving and engaging with guests. Volunteer opportunities run from November 23rd to 27th.
SOME Trot for Hunger
If you want to do good while burning a few calories, sign up for the So Others Might Eat (SOME) Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger. The 5K run starts/finishes at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC and proceeds benefit DC’s homeless by providing food, clothing and healthcare.
View additional volunteer opportunities here.
If you love Thanksgiving, but not the cooking, there are many restaurants and markets near your EYA neighborhood that offer fully prepared take home meals or dine-in Thanksgiving Day feasts. From southern-style fried turkeys to organic Thanksgiving meals, there’s plenty to tempt your taste buds this holiday season.
Celebrate Thanksgiving southern-style with a fully prepared take home meal from Georgia Brown’s in the District. Choose between a slow roasted or deep fried turkey hand rubbed with creole seasoning. There are plenty of tasty sides from which to choose, including collard greens, cornbread stuffing and homemade buttermilk biscuits! Orders must be placed by November 25th and picked up on Thanksgiving Day between 8 AM and 11:15 AM.
Whole Foods also prepares take home Thanksgiving dinners, including fully organic and vegan meals. A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner serves 6-8 people and costs $119.99. The turkey comes ready to cook and sides include sage stuffing, homestyle mashed potatoes, organic cranberry orange relish, turkey gravy and choice of veggies or casserole.
Hill Country Barbecue Market, also in the District, offers both pre-ordered meals and dine-in options. Enjoy their Thanksgiving Day Feast including pit-smoked turkey with pan gravy, Texas toast stuffing, sweet potato bourbon mash, skillet cornbread and many other tasty options. Dine-in prices are $39.95 for adults and $15 for kids 10 and under.
For Thanksgiving with a French-twist, head to La Ferme restaurant in Chevy Chase. The three-course prix-fixe menu costs $47 and includes a number of delectable choices including pumpkin soup, seafood pot pie, roasted turkey, pan seared sea scallops, apple and cinnamon crème brulee and pumpkin and spice roulade cake.
Where better to celebrate Thanksgiving than in charming Old Town Alexandria? Historical Gadsby’s Tavern will be serving Thanksgiving meals that include turkey with savory giblet gravy and candied yams. Price is $49 per person (half price for children under 12). Or pre-order your meal from Old Town’s favorite, The Butcher Block. There are a variety of turkey and side options such as sweet potato puree, mac and cheese and fennel sausage stuffing. Orders must be placed by November 20th.
Click these links for lists of additional DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia restaurants serving up scrumptious Thanksgiving Day feasts. Be sure to make reservations early as many restaurants fill up quickly! No matter what your flavor, finding a tasty Thanksgiving meal steps from your EYA home is easy!
If you haven’t been to Chevy Chase Pavilion recently, you are in for a treat. Earlier this year, the shopping center re-opened after extensive renovation featuring new high-end retail shops and restaurants and a dramatic multi-story atrium.
Located just above the Friendship Heights Metro station on the border of Washington, DC and Maryland, this small yet upscale shopping center now includes World Market, J.Crew, Richey & Co. Shoes and DJBENNETT on its list of retailers.
With sweeping views over the atrium, the shopping center’s showcase tenant is RANGE restaurant by Bryan Voltaggio. RANGE features an open kitchen design, allowing guests to view the chefs in their state-of-the-art kitchen stations. Enjoy clams and mussels from the Raw Bar, pizza from the Wood Fired Hearth, biscuits and corn bread from the Bakery and a variety of meats, poultry and game.
Adjacent to RANGE is Civil Cigar Lounge, a premier cigar lounge and small plate eatery. The Lounge offers patrons a carefully curated selection of cigars, premium spirits, wines and beer and a small plate menu created by RANGE.
Chevy Chase Pavilion, Mazza Gallerie and many other luxury retail shops are just moment’s from EYA’s newest Bethesda neighborhood, Little Falls Place. Perfectly situated in a park-like setting, the townhomes feature private elevators and rooftop terraces with outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. Stop by our new onsite sales center to discover Bethesda luxury living like nowhere else.
Last night at the MNCBIA membership dinner, EYA was awarded recognition as “Builder of the Year” in the Large Volume category. Associate members of MNCBIA vote on a winner for the category, which recognizes excellence in subcontractor relations, quality control, supervision and ethics.
“On behalf of everyone at EYA, we are so pleased to accept this award. Our vendor partners are vital to our business and our ability to deliver an excellent product to our homebuyers,” said Bob Youngentob, President of EYA. “We couldn’t be more proud.”
Since 1992, EYA has built over 4,000 homes in urban infill locations. The company has earned more than 250 industry awards in this time, including America’s Best Builder, not once, but twice. EYA has actively selling neighborhoods in the District, Old Town Alexandria, Fairfax, Bethesda, Hyattsville and Silver Spring.
MNCBIA is the building industry association for the Maryland National Capital area. Among its many activities, the organization provides networking opportunities for industry businesses, advances important issues in housing, and gives back through philanthropic efforts.
A panel of industry experts weighed criteria such as sustainable design, construction which minimizes environmental impact, homes with reduced energy and water consumption, and the protection of the health of occupants.
In 2009, EYA committed to design all future neighborhoods to LEED for Homes standards, and the company has received over 500 certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Chancellor’s Row, which was also named 2011 Community of the Year, is a 10-acre urban infill townhouse community, built to LEED-ND and LEED for Homes standards and includes onsite Capital Bikeshare and Zipcar. The community is over 90% sold out and a limited number of homes remain for quick move-in.
This Halloween, head to Old Town Alexandria to learn about its haunted history and indulge in some tasty treats. From graveyard tours to trick-or-treat shopping, there’s something for Halloween enthusiasts of all ages, including your four-legged friends – all steps from EYA’s new home communities in Alexandria!
Trick or Treat with the Boutiques
Grab your “ghoulfriends” and stop by the Old Town Boutique District on Saturday, October 26th for Trick or Treat with the Boutiques. More than two dozen Old Town boutiques will be handing out special treats from 11 AM – 6 PM. Participating stores include Red Barn Mercantile, Bellacara, The Shoe Hive and Apple Seed.
Ghost and Graveyard Halloween Tour
For a frightfully good time, join Alexandria Colonial Tours for their special Ghost and Graveyard Halloween Tour. Follow an 18th Century costumed guide through the charming streets of historic Old Town as you hear tales of angry ghosts looking for revenge, legends, folklore and unsolved mysteries. The one-hour tour ends with the guide abandoning you in a local graveyard!
Canine Costume Contest
Don’t leave your four-legged friends behind this Halloween. Stop by Jackson 20 on Halloween night for their annual Howl-o-ween canine costume contest! Local pets and their humans will model their finest Halloween attire in this popular pet costume contest.
View the full list of Old Town Halloween happenings here. And while you are in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by EYA’s newest Old Town communities, Old Town Commons and The Oronoco, just moments from King Street’s acclaimed boutiques and restaurants. Happy Haunting!