Rivanna Report

ramblings, reactions, and random rants

New Glass Awards, New Possibilities

March 07, 2016

 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

March 04, 2016

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."

February 24, 2016

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

January 01, 2016

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

November 24, 2015

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

November 19, 2015

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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Celebrating FSC Friday & Responsible Forest Management

September 25, 2015

The relationship between the Forest Stewardship Council and Rivanna is as old as our company itself.  FSC is the reason that we became a wood products company. 

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5 Common Myths About Purchasing Sustainably

July 31, 2015

Ready for checkout? Not so fast! Learn the truth about sustainable purchasing and why it matters.

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6 Ways to Green Your Shipping

July 06, 2015

The shipping process entails everything from the delivery of raw materials to our operation center in Virginia to the unwrapping of the finished product once it’s reached its final destination. 

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B the Change in Your Community

June 23, 2015

June is B the Change in Our Communities month! B Corps around the country will be taking a day off from their usual business activities to spend time helping out in their community.

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Why We Honor World Refugee Day

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"

April 14, 2015

For the second year in a row, Rivanna Natural Designs has been honored by the non-profit B Lab as Best for the Environment. How are we Best for the Environment? 

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A New Year and a New Look

January 16, 2015

Happy New Year Everyone!  

We are pleased to begin 2015 with a refreshed website, new online store, and a number of great new products! 2014 was a great year for our company. 

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Rivanna Takes Home Our Own Award at the Better Business Challenge

June 20, 2014

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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Best for the World

May 12, 2014

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Many more safe at home due to AHIP

September 23, 2013

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IRC Charlottesville celebrates "15 Years Leading Refugees from Harm to Home"

June 23, 2013

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Yale’s Sabin Prize is one of our favorites (and not just because of their tiny, perfect frog)

May 13, 2013

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Stay beautiful, San Diego: UVA alumni help restore the San Diego River coastal habitat

May 07, 2013

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Van Jones and Bill Nye: CEC Environmental Heroes

April 24, 2013

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C-ville is officially cool: Our picks for Tom Tom Festival 2013

April 12, 2013

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On World Water Day, we ask: What's in a name?

March 22, 2013

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Look to the Forests

March 21, 2013

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Business School Competitions: Friendly Rivalries, Real Challenges - Part Three

March 15, 2013

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