Opening in June 2009, Green Conscience has evolved quite a great deal since it first came into being as an extension of Green Conscience Organic Lawn Care, which Karen launched in 2005. The products that Green Conscience specializes in have evolved as well, with new offerings regularly being added to the store's inventory as time passes. Green Conscience has steadily become one of the Saratoga area's leading retailers of non-toxic bedding and mattresses, non-toxic paint, and sustainable flooring and countertops. More recently, Karen has added a living air greenwall system to her inventory. This modular panel growth system fosters potent aerogation in a low maintenance, aesthetically pleasing interior design element.
While the products have evolved and changed over the years, so have Green Conscience's popular sustainability education programs. The American Clay workshops that Karen offers with the aid of William and Susan Sykela (Higher Standard) are fixtures in the local green community, as are the store's monthly Green Building Mixers, where builders and customers who share Karen's excitement and vision come to network and catch up with one another.
As can be observed from the projects gallery featured on the website, Green Conscience has made an indelible mark on the Saratoga community in its first five years of operation. Beyond simply contributing to the health and well-being of the community, Karen and the staff at Green Conscience continue to make an unparalleled effort to inform consumers about the benefits that sustainable building can bring to their daily lives, and for that they deserve to be commended.
If last night's celebration is any indication, the Saratoga community is certainly looking forward to more of Green Conscience in the future. Congratulations on your first five years Karen!