Rivanna Report

ramblings, reactions, and random rants

How a Running Toilet Hurts Your Wallet

by Denise McGuigan February 12, 2019

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5 Typography Tips & Tricks

by Denise McGuigan January 29, 2019

5 Typography Tips & Tricks
There’s no doubt that Rivanna is a recognition company. We love making eco-friendly awards and plaques for our customers. But at our core, we’re a design company. Our design team works to create unique products, implementing your logos and accolades in the most visually pleasing way possible.

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Rivanna Helps Support Monkey Tail Ranch

by Denise McGuigan January 10, 2019

Rivanna Helps Support Monkey Tail Ranch
Our new Refer Rivanna program has really taken off, with our loyal customers referring our eco-friendly awards to others. When someone refers a new customer who makes a purchase, we donate a portion of the sale to a local nonprofit organization. Our current nonprofit partners are Richmond SPCAFeedMore, and the IRC. We've now added Monkey Tail Ranch.

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Sustainability Series: 6 Steps You Can Take Today to be Eco-Friendly - Part 2

by Denise McGuigan January 07, 2019

Sustainability Series: 6 Steps You Can Take Today to be Eco-Friendly - Part 2
Changing our habits requires education, time, and dedication. Just a few years ago I would get annoyed by the 5-cent plastic bag fee at the supermarket. Today, I get annoyed when they offer me plastic bags at all. That’s a huge change, and all it took was a change of mindset. 

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Sustainability Series: 6 Steps You Can Take Today to be Eco-Friendly – Part 1

by Denise McGuigan January 01, 2019

Sustainability Series: 6 Steps You Can Take Today to be Eco-Friendly – Part 1
It’s more common for businesses to consider their role in the environment and society, helping set a better standard for conducting business. With businesses taking a step-up, it’s important that we do the same at home, spurring some questions: does this make me a hippie? Will it be expensive and difficult?

The answer to all these questions: not necessarily.

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Sustainability Series: Be Green, Compost at Home

by Denise McGuigan December 17, 2018

Sustainability Series: Be Green, Compost at Home
We’ve gotten really into composting this year, so our Sustainability Coordinator wanted to share her experience composting at home, to show you it’s not as intimidating as you think.

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Customer Spotlight: Association of Zoos & Aquariums

by Denise McGuigan December 10, 2018

Customer Spotlight: Association of Zoos & Aquariums
When our design team comes across a really beautiful or fun award, they call me over to check it out. This is how I learned about the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Rivanna has been making FSC®-certified awards for AZA since 2011, honoring their members for Scientific Advancement Awards, Exhibit Awards, International Conservation Awards, and so on.

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Rivanna and NALP: A case study on creating value for member-based associations

by Denise McGuigan September 10, 2018

Rivanna and NALP: A case study on creating value for member-based associations
The collaboration between Rivanna Natural Designs (Rivanna) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has enabled NALP to refresh its award program, strengthen its brand, and add value for its members. 

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Q & A with Designer, Kristina Constantine

by Denise McGuigan September 05, 2018

Q & A with Designer, Kristina Constantine

As we finish up the new product designs for our 2019 catalog, we thought we’d pause for a moment to catch up with our principal designer, Kristina Constantine.

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Rivanna honored as "Best for the World"

by Rivanna Designs June 12, 2018

Rivanna honored as "Best for the World"
For the 4th year in a row, Rivanna Natural Designs has been recognized as a leader in positive business impact by the nonprofit B Lab

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B Corp Spotlight: MilkCrate

by Denise McGuigan June 05, 2018

B Corp Spotlight: MilkCrate
From time to time, we come across great companies and products that we think our customers will love.  With that in mind, we wanted to share a bit about MilkCrate, a mission-driven tech company and fellow B Corporation that creates apps for other mission-driven nonprofits, schools, corporations, and member-based organizations.

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Rivanna Supports Soles4Souls

by Denise McGuigan May 30, 2018

Rivanna Supports Soles4Souls
A clean, comfortable pair of shoes.  We take them for granted. Many (probably most) of us have too many shoes.  But what about those who have no shoes?  Women in the developing world who walk barefoot to retrieve water? Men and children who have lost their shoes in natural disasters or armed conflicts?

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Rivanna Starts Composting!

by Denise McGuigan March 06, 2018

Rivanna Starts Composting!
We're composting at work, and loving it!

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Best Practices: Drop Shipping

by Daniel Klein March 06, 2018

Best Practices: Drop Shipping
For award ceremonies large and small, drop shipping is a great way to save money, save time, and protect our planet.

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Rivanna Volunteers at FeedMore’s Community Kitchen

by Denise McGuigan March 05, 2018

Rivanna Volunteers at FeedMore’s Community Kitchen
The Rivanna Natural Designs' team volunteered at FeedMore, a nonprofit organization benefitting hunger-relief in RVA.

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New Glass Awards, New Possibilities

by Crystal Mario March 07, 2016

New Glass Awards, New Possibilities

 Our new Artisan Glass collection is the result of our year-long collaboration with renowned Blue Ridge artist Neil Duman.  Working with Neil has been a joy and a privilege. He's a natural teacher who loves his work, so we're soaking up as much knowledge as we can.

 

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Making Trophies from Scratch...and Scraps

by Crystal Mario March 04, 2016

Making Trophies from Scratch...and Scraps

Despite our best efforts to minimize wood waste through prudent design and sound manufacturing processes, we still end up with small scraps of wood that need to be diverted from the waste stream. 

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"We're all people. We all want to thrive."

by Rivanna Designs February 24, 2016

"We're all people. We all want to thrive."

It's been 12 years since Rivanna's Kristina Constantine and Anelya Mrktumova arrived in America with their parents. Today they speak to CBS19 about their experiences as refugees and their hopes for the future. (watch video)

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Real Companies are Owned by Real People - Part 2

by Crystal Mario January 01, 2016

Real Companies are Owned by Real People - Part 2

We are delighted to announce that Gretchen Wirth (left) has been granted a group of non-voting shares in Rivanna, making her a partial owner of the company. This share grant is our company's first step toward greater employee ownership. 

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Real Companies are owned by Real People - Part 1

by Crystal Mario November 24, 2015

Real Companies are owned by Real People - Part 1

As a Certified B Corporation and a Virginia Benefit Corporation, we are committed to transparency and accountability in business. To that end, we publish and maintain a statement of beneficial ownership on our company's Governance page, and we encourage all businesses to do the same. 

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Rivanna Wins 2015 FSC Leadership Award

by Crystal Mario November 19, 2015

Rivanna Wins 2015 FSC Leadership Award

At GreenBuild in Washington DC today, Rivanna won a 2015 FSC Leadership Award, highlighting the company's critical role in addressing climate change.  It was especially nice to bring home one of our own awards. 

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Why We Honor World Refugee Day

by Crystal Mario June 15, 2015

June 20th is World Refugee Day, a time to honor the courage and resilience of people around the world who have been forcibly displaced by conflict or persecution. This day has special significance for us at Rivanna.

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Rivanna Wins 2015 "Best for the Environment"

by Rivanna Designs April 14, 2015

Rivanna Wins 2015 "Best for the Environment"
For the second year in a row, Rivanna Natural Designs has been honored by the non-profit B Lab as Best for the Environment. 

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Rivanna Takes Home Our Own Award at the Better Business Challenge

by Rivanna Designs June 20, 2014

Rivanna Takes Home Our Own Award at the Better Business Challenge

The only thing better than making awards is winning them after we've made them! This week we we won one of our own awards.

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