January 23rd, 2019: Trends and Incentives in Green Building Workshop

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We are excited to be a co-host for a Northwest EcoBuilding Guild workshop on Thursday, January 23rd at 7pm designed to help homeowners, renters and green enthusiasts learn of practical steps and resources for how you can green-up your home. This session will focus on hot green building opportunities for 2019. Looking to make an investment in your home? Learn which projects pencil out with incentives offered by Washington state and local jurisdictions and financing opportunities and services available. Get the big picture on the green building movement and how you can be a small part of positive change.
Registration and more information can be found here.

December 5th, 2018: Green Leasing Lunch & Learn at Paladino & Co.

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Our managing broker, Ben Kaufman, will be joining a panel hosted by Seattle 2030 District on Wednesday, December 5th at 12pm. Panelists will be discussing green leasing from the perspective of a broker, a property manager and a sustainability consultant. Green leasing is the integration of energy and water efficiency, emissions reduction, waste minimization and other sustainability objectives throughout the entire commercial leasing process. It ensures that building performance becomes transparent to all parties involved in the lease transaction.

Owners and managers will be informed about the design and specific elements of green leases and companies will gain insights into how they should negotiate with property management firms in order to align their corporate sustainability goals with their space needs. Registration and more information can be found here.

Joy in Giving: Supporting Homeless Families in Snohomish County


On a Friday evening in a Northgate hotel ballroom Nicole Allen, founding member of Beneficial Ventures, helped host a community celebration that doubled as a snack packing party for children in need in Snohomish County Washington. A monetary donation given to Washington Kids in Transition by Beneficial Ventures was turned in to thousands of individually wrapped snacks for the packing party, and largely made the effort possible.

In just over a half hour, around 4,000 individually wrapped food items were wrapped in snack bags, ready to be distributed to children who spend hours a day on school busses.


The donation arrived in all its glory via Costco.com where we could easily choose food items that work well for the children.

Mostly sticking to organic where possible the food items are specific to the needs of the children, with guidance from Washington Kids in Transition.

Each bag was packed with the following items:

  1. Protein power. Includes anything from a jerky, mac and cheese, to a protein bar.

  2. Fruity sweet. Organic apple sauce, organic fruity snacks, or orange cups.

  3. Salty/Crunchy. All the favorites, goldfish, cheese its, and cheese/cracker combos.

  4. The secret ingredient. JOY! (and a note) This is where the love comes in, adding something special to the bag.


Joy Notes

Positive messages infused with love, encouragement, and hope went into the bags packed. We used colorful pens, stickers and bright messages to add a little heart to the snacks.

The organization

Washington Kids in Transition is a 501(c)3 non-profit based out of Snohomish County, Washington. They ensure kids and families experiencing homelessness have access to food, education, and housing resources.

Through its donations, Beneficial Ventures is currently collecting funds supporting two resource drives with Washington Kids in Transition:

  1. Food as a necessity. Over 30,000 snack bags are provided to at risk children every year. Transitional housing is located all over the county, and the children attend the original school from before they moved. Because of this many children spend hours on the bus, and these snack bags provide much needed nourishment.

  2. Gift Card Drive. All families love to have a treat or something special to share around the holidays. This gift card drive allows families in the Wa Kids program to receive $10 gift cards that they can choose how to spend.

With the holidays coming up, the Gift Card Drive is the current focus. If you would like to contribute to this drive click below to be taken to the online funds option:

International Coastal Cleanup Success! September 15th

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Beneficial Ventures was very pleased to be able to donate a potion of the proceeds from a recent land sale to support Puget Soundkeeper Alliance and their involvement in the International Coastal Cleanup on September 15th.

Our team turned out at Carkeek Park and at the Mukilteo beach along with hundreds of others to pick up trash on our public beaches to help protect #orca and other wildlife and promote public safety on our beaches.


It feels great to engage in transactions that do good in our communities! #TransactionsforGood