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Green Business Strategies for Cleveland's Kalman & Pabst Prove to be a Sustainable Success

Cleveland, OH, January 28, 2015 --( Studio Co-Owner Selected to Speak At Recent Corporate Roundtable Event

When entering the studios of Kalman & Pabst Photo Group, a 27-year-old commercial photography studio resting quietly in the Midtown neighborhood on the edge of downtown Cleveland, guests are immediately taken in with a rustic and welcoming Midwestern charm that is together comforting and seeped in a certain nostalgia that only the best workspaces can pull off. From the high ceilings of the renovated 1914 post-and-beam building, to the cozy fireplaces, beautiful woodwork, and a well-planned layout, the studio is stunning.

Upon further examination, the measures in which the studio, staffed by thirteen artists, consistently takes to provide not only an incredible visual aesthetic but also a model of sustainability in the workplace are generally unheard of for a company of its size.

Earlier this month, studio co-owner Mike Wasserman was a featured panelist for Cleveland State University’s Corporate Roundtable to discuss how “Climate Change Impacts Northeast Ohio Businesses.” Wasserman shared insight on his studio’s sustainable practices including information on their 137-panel rooftop solar array, which was partially funded by a 2011 Ohio Advanced Energy Fund and Federal Investment Tax Credit. The array is responsible for generating up to 30% of the studio’s electricity - a significant impact when considering the energy needs of the 18,000 square-foot studio and its three working kitchens.

“Bob Pabst and Jan Kalman founded this company on a philosophy of mutual respect, from how we treat our employees to how we impact our neighbors. Our sustainability practices are a natural extension of that mantra,” said Mike Wasserman. “After wrapping up a large food photo shoot, we package leftovers and deliver to The Greater Cleveland Food Bank or similar organizations who strive to combat hunger issues in our community. When we build sets for our clients, leftover wood and building materials are either reused or sent over to Habitat For Humanity or similar charities.”

When it comes to being green, the studio doesn’t plan on resting on its laurels. “We’re continually revisiting our energy audit to improve our sustainability practices, noted Wasserman. As we plan for the future, we’re exploring smart, integrated technologies and alternative energy sources that will increase the environmental efficiencies of our small business."

To learn more about Kalman & Pabst Photo Group’s sustainability efforts, or to schedule a visit to the studio, contact Tom Sarago at 216-269-9673 or

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