Habitat for Humanity
Building Homes and Hope for A Cleaner Environment
One of the efforts nearest and dearest to our heart is our partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Durham. Burt’s Bees has a longstanding commitment to both Habitat for Humanity and preserving the environment.
Burt’s Bees and Habitat for Humanity welcome the Lyons Family home with the completion of their fourth eco-friendly home in Durham, NC. Building the Walls Most Burt’s Bees employees helped build the home as part of their commitment to live The Greater Good™.
The home, at 1102 Calvin Street, is made possible with support from Burt’s Bees. Burt’s Bees with a longstanding commitment to both Habitat for Humanity and preserving the environment, will celebrate the dedication of its fourth Habitat home. “Burt’s Bees is a wonderful example of community partnership,” says Miguel Rubiera, Habitat of Durham’s Executive Director. “Burt’s Bees built the first house in Hope Crossing in 2007, partnered with Habitat and KaBOOM! to build a playground and community garden the summer of 2008, and subsequent houses in 2008 and 2010. They are advocates on improving Durham.”
Burt’s Bees support of Habitat of Durham includes more than construction activities. Recently Burt’s Bees past CEO, John Replogle, Building the Walls was a guest mixologist at the popular Durham restaurant Revolution serving Habitat supporters, Burt Bee’s employees and restaurant patrons cocktails. Revolution donated 20% of proceeds generated by the evening’s “Cocktail for a Cause” fund-raising effort. Teresa Anile, an owner of Revolution, shared, “We were thrilled to be able to partner with Burt’s Bees in their fundraising efforts for Habitat of Durham”. A check from the event will be presented during the Lyon’s home dedication celebration.
Habitat of Durham certifies its homes “green” in partnership with the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. In addition, Habitat works with Raleigh-based Advanced Energy to ensure the monthly heating and cooling costs of Habitat home buyers do not exceed $34 a month. Burt’s Bees has gone above and beyond these standards to add more green construction components through such things as icynene spray foam insulation and the use of alternative flooring and counter top options to improve air quality to the house located just a few blocks from Burt’s Bees Headquarters. “One of the reasons we moved our offices to downtown Durham was to deepen our roots in this community, and Habitat enables us to do that by literally walking out and building a home. We have nearly 150 employees that have worked on the home each Friday for the past few months,” said Burt’s Bees CEO, John Replogle.