Take Me to the River!

Foliage on the Charles River
Foliage on the Charles River
Jay Staunton and Jake Navarro
Jay Staunton and Jake Navarro

Some clients prefer the boardroom, others the executive suite. When we think of our clean technology client Harvest Power, however, we tend to think more “outside the cube” and lean towards the great outdoors. Considering that Harvest’s corporate headquarters is smack-dab on the banks of the Charles River – in a picturesque restored watch factory in historic Waltham, MA – hitting the outdoors pretty much means getting on the river. And that’s just what we did.

Last week, during our regularly scheduled meeting time – which we often conduct by Skype – the Greenough team headed out to Waltham and met our client in person. We dropped our trusty team canoe in the water, and proceeded to hold our meeting between hearty paddling, quiet bird-watching, and frolic-and-detour discussions about “bucket list” items we each wanted to do. We eventually addressed each item on our standard agenda, but we also saw leaves changing color, a great blue heron wading, and turtles lolling on protruding logs. Not a bad way to conduct business.

Blue Heron (Photo: Meredith Sorensen 2012)
Blue Heron (Photo: Meredith Sorensen 2012)

Harvest is well on its way to achieving its goal of powering local communities through a robust system of organics recycling, energy generation and soil revitalization. The concept for this change – the “Power-of-We” – was very much present as we powered our canoe along the meandering Charles on a beautiful fall day.

Thank you, Harvest Power, for a great afternoon!

Jay Staunton is vice president, account services at Greenough.