Turning Green

Authority Figure: Bob Whelan, the CFO and a partner at Washington Supply, is also a LEED accredited professional who has helped position the company as a green building authority in Connecticut's Litchfield County.

Earth-Powered Sales: A Solar Pathfinder and Kestrel wind meter are among the tools Bob Whelan of Connecticut's Washington Supply uses when compiling solar site analysis reports in the field. The reports are required by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund in conjunction with grant funding for installing photovoltaic panels.

Parr Performance: (Clockwise from top left) Parr Lumber sales director Nate Bond says his company is "aiming to change the construction paradigm" in Oregon and Washington; a Parr worker sports a T-shirt promoting the company's GET REAL! green products program; workers install solar panels atop a Parr facility in Portland, Ore.

Building Green: Valerie Sedelnick, president and CEO of Connecticut's Washington Supply, has helped make green building matter. One example: the dealer's "Green House." The 1,600 square-foot house was built to demonstrate forest products that come from mills supporting sustainable practices, products made from recycled materials, and products promoting reduced dependence on fossil fuels.

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