Hobbs and Black Associates
Sustainable Business Practices
Hobbs & Black Association is an architectural firm located in Ann Arbors historically significant Old Fourth Ward. The business practices reuse right down to the various buildings their offices are located in. The stone church, parsonage and three Huron Street houses were falling to ruin before the company decided to restore them for their use. Hobbs & Black practices reuse on an equally grand scale, by reusing office paper for draft printing, note pads, drawing paper, folders, envelopes, boxes, mugs, toner cartridges and foam core boards. The use of double-sided printing, e-mail, message routing and a central bulletin board for staff communication decreases the use of paper within the organization. Recycling items such as paper, scrap metal, fluorescent lights, cardboard and aluminum is also commonplace to employees. Hobbs & Black also completes the recycling loop by buying recycled content products such as copier paper, envelopes, file folders, hand towels, toilet paper, plastic desk top organizers, garbage bags and cardboard boxes.