Wild Sage Interiors

Wild Sage Interiors Takes the Lead in “Green” Interior Design
Co-owners Cassidy Brush and Katherine Collins Now Offering
LEED-Accredited Professional Services to Summit County and Beyond

Keystone, Colo., June 4, 2009 Rare is the person who jumps at the opportunity to take a test, and embraces the late-night grind required to learn a new field and pass a stringent exam. But while attending an interior design conference last year in Las Vegas, Cassidy Brush and Katherine Collins, co-owners of the Keystone-based Wild Sage Interiors (http://www.wildsageinteriors.com), realized that earning LEED Accreditation in their field would enable them to provide a newfound level and style of service to Summit County and beyond. What’s more, they learned that the momentum of the “green” interior-design movement isn’t slowing down. In fact, demand for eco-friendly , healthy design is quickly gaining speed. With the goal to be Summit County’s first LEED Accredited interior designers, the duo hit the books, passed their exam and are now officially Summit County’s local leaders in providing this niche expertise.

“When we understood just how valuable LEED Accreditation could be to our community and our business, we were on a mission to complete the coursework as fast as we could,” Brush says. “The learning curve was intense, and most people space it out over a long period of time, but Katherine and I were certified by winter 2009. We wanted to be prepared for the spring and summer building and remodeling season, and we’re excited to have achieved our goal.”

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professionals are required to demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building practices, as well as the principles and familiarity of LEED requirements, resources and processes. The certification system is offered by the nationally recognized United States Green Building Council, which has created metrics for measuring green building design, operations and maintenance solutions.

“While Wild Sage Interiors is now backed by this prestigious accreditation, what this program has really given us is a refreshing, highly professional way to approach our passion, which is interior design,” Collins says. “We’re able to offer our clients new possibilities that are not only beautiful but environmentally sound and non-toxic, too. We handpick the green vendors we work with so we can feel confident about suggesting these options to clients, whether they’re homeowners, architects, developers or builders.”

As various governments and businesses step up their efforts to conform with new environmental standards for building and operations, the need for interior design that complements this direction is also growing. Both Collins and Brush expect an escalating demand for their support and involvement with such projects not only in Summit County but throughout the High Country.

“We’re thrilled to be a resource for anyone interested in understanding the important role that interior design plays in ensuring the environmental friendliness of a particular project,” Brush says. “For example, if you build a ‘green’ home but fail to incorporate green interior design elements or use those that actually contradict your efforts, it can be completely counter-productive. We take a holistic, educational, collaborative approach when meeting with our clients. This ensures we’re helping them understand the bigger picture of their good efforts and intentions, and makes the process much more effective and enjoyable.”

Homegrown in Keystone, Colorado, Wild Sage Interiors is the recipient of the 2009 Green Scene Award. Presented annually at High Country Conservation Center’s Earth Day Action Fair, the award program recognizes “green” businesses, teachers, youth, adults, government officials and more.

For more information about Wild Sage Interiors, contact:
Cassidy Brush or Katherine Collins

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