Shadesoftrue sent me a message about HUES: Designers of Color, saying, "I'm working with them as a volunteer, and the site just launched last week. I thought you might be interested in telling readers about them, since it's the only organization of its kind."
Hues is committed to providing a supportive and resourceful online community for designers of color, strengthening networking and communication among designers of color, and increasing demand and job opportunities for people of color in design industries. They work with interior, graphic, and fashion designers. For $50, you can become a member, which gives you access to the site's list of exclusive scholarship, internship, and job openings, among other benefits.
To see HUES' list of green tips for interior designers (which are also great tips for everyone), just
- Limit your paper usage. When you have to use it, use recycled paper, print on both sides, reuse old paper for scraps and crafts, and recycle when you’re done.
- Switch to CFLs in your home, office, projects, and work spaces.
- Build green for your next architectural project.
- Use materials that are reclaimed, recycled, vintage, sustainable, low-toxic, natural, and local when possible.
- Keep work digital. The more work you do on the computer, online, or other gadget…the less paper wasted.
- Use paints that are non-toxic, natural, low VOC, and zero VOC.
- Instead of using the “off” switch or button, unplug all of your gadgets and gizmos when you are finished using them for the day.
- When commuting to work, try taking public transportation, carpooling, biking, walking, or a combination.
- Use and wear fabrics that are made of recycled and organic fibers.
- Check out Treehugger and Greenbiz to learn more about going green at home and at work.