Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Ever since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans participate in this modern environmental movement. Coordinated around the world by the Earth Day Network, Earth Day is a yearly event that occurs on the 22nd of April. On this day, events are held worldwide to show support for environmental protection. After more than 40 years of this environmental celebration, more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year. This has made it the largest…

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Welcome John Kearns!

Welcome John Kearns!

Name:  John Kearns Title: VP of Accounting When and where you graduated from: I graduated from LSU in 2005 in Accounting and 2006 in Finance What are your Hobbies: Golf (Don’t play much), Video Games (Don’t play at all right now), and electronics (I pretty much use every top end phone or tablet that comes out). My main hobby right now is the CPA Exam. YAY!!!!! How are you connected to QRI?: Most of my family works here and I started working…

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5 Steps to Start an Office Recycling Program

5 Steps to Start an Office Recycling Program

On average a US office worker uses over 10,000 sheets of paper in one year! Everyone should do what they can to prevent waste in their home and office.  Below are a few steps to start recycling at your office. Determine what products will be recycled and what will be considered trash. Paper and aluminum or plastics are a prime example of things the average person throws away every day. Get the employees involved.  Place recycle bins in common spaces such…

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Energy Efficiency Through Landscaping

Energy Efficiency Through Landscaping

Energy conservation is not limited to your home or business.  There are ways to create sustainable landscapes that will assist in reducing monthly energy costs.  With the spring season in full effect, now is the time to take advantage of these tips while planting your spring foliage. Plant trees on the west, south and east sides to shade the house.  Planting can save you up to 25% on the electric bill.  In the summer, the dense foliage blocks the rays…

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When in Doubt, Don’t Throw it Out!

When in Doubt, Don’t Throw it Out!

Spring is here and a lot of you are doing your annual cleaning routine. When cleaning, it is important to take into account the environment. Household items that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or relative ingredients can harm the environment if they are not disposed of properly. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems these items to be household hazardous waste (HHW). Here is a list of items that you should take special precaution with when disposing: Paint Batteries Cleaners Oils…

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Environmental Education Week – Energy Efficiency in Your Home

Environmental Education Week – Energy Efficiency in Your Home

Today we are kicking off Environmental Education Week! QRI will be featuring blog topics all week on how to be environmentally conscious and efficient.  If you are an educator, you may visit www.eeweek.org  for classroom topics and ideas. With spring here and summer quickly approaching it is time to get ahead of the game with making sure your home is energy efficient. These simple tips can help keep your home cooler while saving money and preserving the earth’s energy resources. Seal…

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Mold Detection & Prevention

Mold Detection & Prevention

What is mold? Mold is a fungus with over 1000 different varieties identified in the south. Mold requires moisture, heat and organic materials to grow. Molds also digest or “eat” the material they are growing on. The role of mold is to break down decaying organic matter such as dead plants, leaves or dead animals. Mold does not survive in high heat or sunlight. Buildings can host a variety of fungi and bacteria as a result of faulty building construction…

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Happy 4th of July – Stay Safe

Happy 4th of July – Stay Safe

Tomorrow marks one of the most celebrated holidays in America – Independence Day!  It is important to remember to always stay safe, especially when using fireworks. Here are a few safety tips to keep your holiday fun, memorable and accident free. – Wear safety glasses whenever using fireworks. – Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix! – Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal in your area, do not use them. – Fireworks should only be used outdoors. – Never use…

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Garden Update – Fresh Veggies

Garden Update – Fresh Veggies

It has been almost two months since we started our vegetable garden. It is amazing to see  how our small little plants have grown and produced fresh veggies and such flavorful herbs! So far we have been able to pick our squash, green bell peppers, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. Here is a recipe for Tomato Basil Chicken from Menu Musing that a co-worker made using our cherry tomatoes and basil. Delicious! Have any suggestions or tips for our garden? Make…

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Growing Green

Growing Green

QRI is growing green! We have started our very own vegetable and herb garden here at the office. Even in the few shorts weeks that we have had it, it has been exciting to see the plants grow! In our herb garden we have: rosemary, mint, parsley, oregano, basil, lavender, chives, dill and lemon thyme. In the veggie garden we planted yellow squash, eggplant, zucchini, okra, roma tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, whopper tomatoes,  peppers and cucumbers. We chose an organic miracle grow soil and…

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