At the Corporate Eco Forum we run an entirely virtual office. Most days, each of us works from our respective home offices. On occasion though, it helps to escape from familiar environs to physically and mentally break away from routine activities. Such was the case this week, when the three of us based in and around NYC met for a full-day planning session to map out what we want to accomplish in the next year.

The first photo is my train station in South Orange, NJ. These tracks take me directly into New York Penn Station in about 35 minutes. Finding a place to live that was within walking distance of public transportation was one of the primary drivers that led to choosing our current apartment.

A morning breeze and burst of sunshine is always a good way to start a day.

We had an excellent view of Central Park from today’s office. We spend so much time working with companies to help them protect resources like clean air and water, so it’s good to get outside and remind ourselves why those things are so important.

After enjoying lunch together we got back to work. There’s so much we must do, and want to do, that it can seem like an insurmountable task for our small band. Fortunately, over sandwiches and coffee, and without the attention vortex of a glowing computer display, the big picture becomes a bit easier to grasp. The details will surely follow and there will be much difficult work ahead, but going to the top of the mountain and looking out over the valley gives the sense that anything can be accomplished as long as one knows where one wants to go.